Public Assembly manager Christina Bouza has tapped into her Cuban heritage and turned an old building-supply shop next to the performance space into a slice of fifties Havana. Bouza says the concept is “Havana meets Brooklyn”; she and her partner, Paul Tamburro, hope to feed hungry concertgoers (Music Hall of Williamsburg is also next door) with Cuban nibbles running from $3 to $9 (Jose Soto of Baba had a hand in the menu below). And they also plan to host some bands of their own — mostly jazz and salsa. The cocktails (including a Cuba libre, Hemingway daiquiri, and the restaurant’s special mojito) will be priced between $8 and $10, while Daniel Kim, formerly of Café Grumpy, will run a coffee bar serving Intelligentsia. Cubana Social is slated to open Halloween weekend, with brunch to follow. Until then, you can get empanadas and sandwiches from a takeout window from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday, and till 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Cubana Social Menu [PDF]
Cubana Social, 70 N. 6th St., nr. Wythe Ave., Williamsburg; 718-782-3334