Say hola to Havana Central in Garden City, a big, brassy blend of faux palms, vintage photos and infectious beats. It's one restaurant chain's take on Cuba before the revolution, a time when, according to its website, "life on the island paradise was a continuous party."
Havana Central at Roosevelt Field Mall. (Jan. 19, 2013)
At Havana Central, the party heats up Thursday to Saturday nights. (Jan. 19, 2013)
YeraSon Trio, the house band, performs at Havana Central. (Jan. 19, 2013)
Havana Central house band YeraSon Trio performs. (Jan. 19, 2013)
Havana Central head chef Oscar Martinez. (Jan. 19, 2013)
Head chef Oscar Martinez in the Havana Central kitchen. (Jan. 19, 2013)
Havana Central serves a variety of drinks including various flavors of mojitos. (Jan. 19, 2013)
DIners at Havana Central. (Jan. 19, 2013)
Inside Havana Central, the melodies collide with a high-decibel cacophony of chatter and clatter. (Jan. 19, 2013)
Diners at Havana Central. (Jan. 19, 2013)
Havana Central's shrimp mofongo, mashed plantains and garlic plated with plenty of nicely cooked shellfish in a hyper-garlicky red sauce. (Jan. 19, 2013)
Havana Central's refreshing shrimp seviche with citrus, avocado and red onions is served in a martini glass.