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Bedeguita Cubana

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    Bodeguita Cubana May Not Be Authentic, But the (BYO) Drinks Are Cheap There’s something about a Serbian-run Cuban restaurant that just says “New York.” Maybe that’s one reason that Bodeguita Cubana, introduced by Rob and Robin in this week’s issue, is getting such a warm welcome in the East Village. It’s BYO, with big, breezy French doors, and a menu (here for your browsing enjoyment) filled with various ersatz Cuban sandwiches and specialties, including what the Robs characterize as a “heaping if too chewy helping of ropa vieja.” The “Cuban pizza” (which looks by the menu suspiciously like regular pizza) hasn’t rolled out yet, but there is plenty more to choose from. And given that you can bring your own beer, the place makes a nice pit stop in an increasingly expensive neighborhood. Restaurant Openings: Bar Stuzzichini, Bodeguita Cubana, and Cecel Crepe Cafe [NYM] Bodeguita Cubana Menu