Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre celebrates 10 years at The Quarter with new menu.

Photo by Edward Lea

Cuba Libre, Atlantic City’s only destination for Cuban cuisine, celebrates 10 years inside The Quarter at the Tropicana Casino and Resort with a new menu and specials that you won’t want to miss.

The menu, which debuted last week, features Executive Chef/Partner Guillermo Pernot’s mix of classic and contemporary Cuban fare as he expands the appetizers section, offers healthy new entrees and introduces more ways for guests to sample and share Cuba Libre’s stellar fare while keeping many fan favorites intact.

“Our new menu reflects the exciting progression of Cuban culinary culture that I’ve witnessed over the past decade as the country’s talented chefs have integrated skillful techniques and contemporary ingredients into their classic, time-honored dishes,” says Chef Pernot, a two-time James Beard Award winner whose frequent trips to Cuba have informed the menu’s new direction. “As always, we remain committed to bringing a true taste of Cuba to our guests.”

For dinner, Pernot’s menu is divided nicely into categories such as Mariquitas Cubanas, shareable starters for the whole table; Ceviches, including seafood and vegetarian options; Tapas, small plates that are meant to be shared; Aperitivos, heartier appetizers that are equally suited to sharing among friends or enjoying all to oneself; Soups and Salads; Cuban Clásicos, authentic entrees that are served as composed plates; and Latin Grill, contemporary entrees that allow guests to choose a simply grilled protein and complement it with their choice of a Cuban side dish.

Standouts on the new dinner menu include ham and brie croquettes with mustard barbecue sauce; Cevicho Mixto, which includes Cuban-style shrimp cocktail with Latin cocktail sauce and avocado salsa as well as yellowfin tuna with jalapeno-coconut-ginger sauce and red onion escabeche; grilled fish such as mahi mahi with sweet bell peppers, onion and tomato Creole sauce; and Seafood Plancha Mixta, a mixed grill dish for sharing by two or more guests featuring Atlantic salmon, yellowfin tuna, mahi mahi, jumbo shrimp, green-lipped mussels on the half shell and baby octopus with a trio of sauces.

Pernot also updated the restaurant’s amazing 15 tastes of Cuba Prix Fixe, a $42.95 bargain of a feast with a mixture of longtime favorites such as guava barbecue ribs and Churrasca a la Cubana – chimichurri-marinated grilled skirt steak with parsley, lemon and onion sauce – as well as new items.

There are even some new desserts, which can be now ordered as a $10 prix-fixe dessert and coffee combo featuring any full-sized dessert and a nonalcoholic coffee or tea. They include Tropical Blondie with macadamia nuts, white chocolate and candied pineapple, served with coconut ice cream, crunch meringue and crema inglesa custard sauce; and Banana Bread Caramelo, butter-toasted, house-made banana bread with vanilla or chocolate ice cream and warm butterscotch sauce.

And no trip to Cuba Libre is complete without a few cocktails, and there are some new ones, too, including the Mojito Royale with Don Q Cristal Rum, Sorel Artisanal Liqueur and sparkling wine; Margajito, a classic mojito with a margarita-inspired twist, made with Exodo orange tequila, lemongrass syrup and orange and lime juices; and Cuban Iron Beer, Brinley Gold Shipwreck coconut rum and Iron beer.

November gets even better as Cuba Libre is offering 10-themed food-and-drink specials to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

“We’re proud to have been a mainstay in Atlantic City for the past 10 years, and we’re having as much fun as ever. We want to pause and celebrate a bit with everyone who has helped us to make it this far,” Pernot says.

Specials, all $10, include a 10th Anniversary Blood Orange Mojito, a super-premium mojito made with Matusalem Gran Reserva rum, blood orange juice, guarapo, lime and a splash of club soda for $10; Paella Arancini Croquetas, croquettes of seafood paella with shrimp, clams and mussels mingling in Calasparra rice, served with a side of romesco sauce; and the coffee and dessert combo.

The restaurant will also offer 10 empanadas for $10 every Wednesday at the bar during the restaurant’s happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m.

Cuba Libre, which has four locations, including the original in Philadelphia, serves dinner 4 to 11 p.m. daily; brunch served 11:30 a.m. Fridays to Sundays; and the restaurant transitions into a late-night party with DJs spinning Latin rhythms plus bottle service and dancing until the bar closes at 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Worked in public relations in Philadelphia and NYC on national pharmaceutical and consumer accounts. Owned an award-winning boutique in Philadelphia. Became a freelance writer for The Press, ultimately coming on board full time in May 2014.

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