First Look at El Cobre, Serving Drunken Shrimp and Drunk-Making Daiquiris Tonight

Earlier this week, we brought news that Ravi DeRossi’s sit-down restaurant in the Cienfuegos complex would be called El Cobre, and now he confirms that it opens this evening. As anticipated back in April, the space, modeled after a public square, does indeed contain a fountain. Per DeRossi, the figure spouting water is “the blessed virgin of El Cobre of Santiago, Cuba, the lover of Chango, the god of drunkenness and debauchery.” Appropriate for a cocktail list that focuses on rum!

In addition to a number of classics (the Floridita, the Cloak & Dagger) and the intriguing-sounding Papa Double (a frozen daiquiri with grapefruit juice and maraschino), there are shaken and rocks options, and, as expected in these tiki-heady days, some sweeter-leaning swizzles. Food is in the same classic-Cuban vein as the offerings at next-door sandwich shop Carteles and the upstairs Cocteleria, with some additional snacks like tamales and crab gratin, larger plates including rack of lamb and grilled snapper, and a selection of seviches. El Cobre will be open nightly from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends for brunch. Get a look at the food and (draft) cocktail menu below, and glimpse the interior in our slideshow.

Platos chicos

Ensalada Criolla 8
tomato, avocado, red onion & herb vinaigrette

Ensalada de Palmitas 8
avocado, hearts of palm & grapefruit

Yucca Fritta 8
crispy batons with curry mustard

Plantain Chips with Avocado Purée 8
fried green plantain chips with creamy avocado dip

Albondigas 10
spanish style lamb and beef meatballs served in a roasted tomato & habañero sauce with fried green plantains

Croquettas de Jamon 10
ham & cheese with sofrito aioli

Empanadas de Vegetales 12
mixed vegetable turnover with fresh avocado purée

Empanadas de Carne 12
beef turnover with chimichurri sauce

Tamales 12
corn masa and braised pork steamed in a banana leaf

Crab Gratin 16
with saffron pickles & cuban roast

Drunken Shrimp 15
shrimp in garlic and rum mojo on a bed of sweet mashed plantains & jalapeño shavings

Croqeuttas de Cangrejo con Guava 14
lump crabmeat over goat cheese, fondue, roasted red pepper & guava paste

Costillas 15
pork ribs in habañero & guava glaze

Sandwiches 10

roast pork, sliced ham, swiss, provolone, pickled & garlicky mustard

hot popovers with cheese & chorizo

Sloppy Joe
twice braised beef (ropa vieja) with stewed peppers, onions, tomato & cheese

Bocadillos de sandwiches 12
combo plate

Fritta 16
cuban style burger, served medium rare (unless specified), pickled onions, sofrito aioli & swiss cheese

Platos Fuertes

Rack of Lamb 25
island spiced rack of lamb, grilled medium (unless specified), served with citrus salad, rice, black beans & avocado

Carne 24
10oz sirloin steak grilled medium rare (unless specified) with boñiato purée & crispy vidalia onions

Ropa Vieja 19
twice braised beef stewed with peppers, onions and tomato served with black beans, rice & tostones

Pollo a el Mojito 21
mint and lime marinated chicken over crispy yucca fries & sautéed kale

Crispy Snapper Filet 21
with mango salsa, coco rice & kale

Ceviches 22

octopus with hearts of palm, grape tomato & avocado

with coconut, red and green peppers, cilantro, mint & lime

marinated in citrus with toasted cumin, cilantro, cucumber and avocado

Arroz Con:
Vegetales 10
Gandules 10
Pollo 12
Mariscos Asopados 14

Postres 8

Tres Leches
traditional yellow sponge cake soaked in three milks, topped with meringue & toasted coconut tuile

Turon de Coco
coconut macaroon, vanilla ice cream & warm chocolate sauce

Warm Rice Puddings
served with autumn fruit

El Cobre Cocktail Menu [PDF]

El Cobre, 95 Ave. A, nr. 6th St; 212.614.6818

First Look at El Cobre, Serving Drunken Shrimp and Drunk-Making Daiquiris