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Ay Que Rico! New Cuban in Port Washington

A promising new restaurant has taken over 95-97 Manorhaven Blvd., formerly home to Livorno and, before that, Nick and Pedro’s. Ay Que Rico! (“Oh How Rich / Good / Delicious!”) bills itself as both Cuban and Latin.

The well-priced menu (the most expensive entree is $16.95) also updates these traditions with a watermelon-mint soup, vegetarian portobello sandwich. Chef Eduardo Bover is a veteran of, among others, Café Fuego in Manhattan and Mojito in Brooklyn.

Owner Chris Brower, who has lived in Port Washington her whole life, said she has three goals for her new venture: “One, we wanted to do something different for Port Washington. Two, it was important to make it affordable for families and, three, we wanted a casual, relaxed, Caribbean atmosphere where there could also be music and dancing.”

AQR has a particularly lovely garden, the walls of which are painted to evoke Old Havana. (I’ve never been to Havana, Old or New, but for me the garden successfully evoked the scene in "Guys & Dolls" in which Marlon Brando lures Jean Simmons to Havana and then gets her drunk on Bacardi rum.)

Ay Que Rico! is at 95-97 Manorhaven Blvd., Port Washington, 516-944-2730.

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