Coppèlia Cuban Diner

by KalaLea on April 21, 2011 • Posted in Kala's Favorites

img_coppeliaLast night I ate:

  • Guacamole plantain, yucca, cassava chips
  • Fish Tacos crispy tilapia, chipotle cole slaw
  • Ropa Vieja slow cooked shredded beef in tomato salsa, peppers and chiles, white rice
  • Croquetas De Queso five cheese croquette
  • Espinaca – Sauteed Spinach
  • Cuban Tres Leches Cake

Admittedly, I had some help. Oh Coppelia — not to be confused with the 19th Century ballet! This newborn restaurant, and soon-to-be 24 hour diner/bar serves breakfast all day and traditional Cuban fare. My favorite dish was the Fish Tacos. Although somewhat pricey ($9.95), I could have eaten two more orders.

I’ve yet to visit Cuba but I’m pretty sure the chef at Coppèlia is playing it safe. The dish, Ropa Vieja, is flavorful but it failed to blow me away. Not every one LOVES spicy food so playing it safe, is not a bad thing. I like a bit of heat, that’s all. Speaking of heat, the wait staff is HOT and the service is dynamite!

The space is Chelsea-simple-chic, clean, and centrally located near the corner of Seventh Avenue and 14th Street (next to The Donut Place). Overall, the experience was delightful.

They also serve burgers so I asked our waiter which farm supplies them with their grass-fed beef yet failed to write it down. And, after calling just now with the same question, I was told:

The chef has already left for the day but if you call back tomorrow at 11am, I’ll be happy to let you know. Just ask for me, my name is Ricardo.

As my friend, Nilea P. would say, Puurrrfect!! I’ll call in the morning; and, if all goes well, I’ll give it a try next time.

And pretty please don’t leave without having the Cuban Tres Leches Cake. It’s just the right amount of sweet and made with fresh mango. Licking the plate crossed my mind, two or three times.

Hope you’re feeling strong and happy today :)

UPDATE as of May 13, 2011:
I called three times before they told me Pat LaFrieda is where they get their beef. I will give them a call and do some research this week to find where LaFrieda gets their beef since they are merely a distributor based out of New York City.

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