Havana Central says hola to Roosevelt Field

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A Cuban dish at the new Havana Central

A Cuban dish at the new Havana Central at Roosevelt Field in Garden City. (January 2013) Photo Credit: Handout

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Grab your maracas; Havana Central has joined the lively mix of restaurants at Roosevelt Field.

The bi-level spot, part of a small Manhattan-based chain, has taken over the former Modell’s space, transforming it into a “palatial” vision of pre-revolutionary Cuba.  Even the bar was designed to resemble the one at the original Sloppy Joe’s Bar in old Havana.

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On the menu: empanadas stuffed with a choice of beef picadillo, chicken sofrito and spinach and goat cheese, to name three options ($3 each or 3 for $8), shrimp seviche ($12), roast pork mofongo ($15.95), a classic Cuban sandwich ($12.95), oxtail stew ($16.50) and pernil asado, or slow-roasted pork ($16.50).

Expect outdoor dining in summer. There’s also live Latin music Thursday to Saturday from, 8 to 11 p.m. and a small area, near the band, where people can dance.

Havana Central is at Roosevelt Field, 630 Old Country Rd., Garden City, 516-739-7900.

Pernil asado at Havana Central at Roosevelt Field

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