The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene.
Say hola to Corazon de Cuba, which takes up residence in the bilevel Long Beach space that last hosted Cuban Crocodile.
Co-owner Armando Lopez said that the restaurant's chef, Noe Dominguez, hails from Cuba and cooked at a few Cuban restaurants in Manhattan. Everything is made fresh, in house, he said.
On the menu: beef, chicken, shrimp or broccoli and cheese empanadas ($2.95 each), bacalaitos, or cod cakes ($9.95), ropa vieja, or shredded skirt steak with peppers onions and tomatoes ($16.95), lechon asada, or slow-roasted pork ($14.95), seafood paella ($26.95) and a Cuban sandwich ($9.95).
The place features live music on Friday and Saturday nights, and while theres no dance floor, said Lopez, people often dance near the bar.
Corazon de Cuba is at 26 East Park Avenue Long Beach, 516-272-4200, corazondecubany.com.