Cuban Crocodile has just come ashore in Long Beach, settling into the former digs of Ay Caramba Bar & Grill. Executive chef owner Marivi Wolfe, whose parents and brother were born in Cuba, said she named the place for an endangered species — which is the way she views authentic Cuban restaurants these days.
Wolfe, a self-taught cook, said she owned night clubs in Manhattan and worked on the corporate end of the restaurant business. Her aim here, she said, is to serve “comfort food at a reasonable price in a pretty cool setting.” She said she conceptualized the look of the place by drawing on ideas, stories and old pictures of Cuba.
On her menu are such dishes as beef empanadas ($6), gambas al ajillo, or shrimp in garlic sauce ($9.25), ropa vieja, or shredded beef, ($16.99) and a traditional Cuban sandwich ($8.95). Wolfe is also offering a selection of Spanish wines from small vineyards.
Cuban Crocodile is at 26 E. Park Ave., Long Beach, 516-442-2444