Good food + Good drinks + Good music = The recipe for Thursday’s Havana Nights at the swanky D. Rodriguez Cuba in Miami Beach. Located inside the Astor Hotel, 956 Washington Ave., this Cuban restaurant is the next go-to place for a trendy, neo-Latin fix.
As you walk into D. Rodriguez Cuba, you are transported to Havana circa 1950s. A staircase descends into the main dinning room, and the distinct aroma of burning sage laces the air. Hypnotic Afro-Cuban funk, performed live by Palo (a five-member band) gets the crowd twirling and stepping to the beat.
Frames of iconic movie stars like Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren set the tone, while a silent black-and-white classic projects on a screen.
The throwback flavor doesn’t end there.
Waiters don guayaberas and Cuban straw hats, an added touch to the dining experience created by Chef Douglas Rodriguez who is well known for his previous endeavors at Yuca in the Gables and Ola in Miami Beach.
Tonight the menu is dedicated to nostalgic dishes that are remade with a new-age flare. Imagine a chicken ropa vieja empanada and a Cuban Pizza.