Get pumped. There’s a new lunch option which promises to be fresh, tasty and still leave you plenty of time to stalk OKCupid. New York-based Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine opened last week in the former Cafe Asia space and is already winning fans with its authentic, fast-casual “flavors of Havana,” which are available for dine-in, take-out, delivery and catering (do we hear office party?).
What to try? We’ve got 5 essential dishes that you can’t afford to miss:
- The beef or chicken empanadas ($2.19) are like being in a pillow fight with your girlfriends, only instead of girlfriends, you’re play-tickling Tom Hardy, and instead of pillows, you’re using empanadas. You do the math.
- Speaking of dirty pillows, the classic Cubano ($8.49) sandwich can be easily transported to the next meeting and will be the envy of all your co-workers, with lots of exciting flavors like roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, mayo and mustard, all on fresh-baked rolls from Metropolitan Bakery.
- If you like to stay healthy while piling on plenty of pretense and carbs, try the buttery salmon special ($11.49) in a tomato-based sauce with phat fat slices of tender potatoes.
- Any Cuban establishment worth its salt is judged by its ropa vieja, and here, the classic tomato-based stew is full of juicy strips of beef with onions and bell peppers. Ideal for spooning over heaps of dark moro rice.
- Batidos ($3.99) are like the Sofia Vergara of the milkshake world–voluminous and just a bit sexier than vanilla. Get them in passion fruit, guanabana, mango, tamarindo, papaya or our favorite, mamey.
Be sure to try all the accompanying sauces like the creamy white mojito, which also acts as an antivenom in cases of vampire attack.
Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine
Mary was born and raised in New York City where her family owned restaurants. Instead of eating dirt on the playground, she ate duck blood, beef tripe and pork belly. She cut her teeth at The Mandarin Oriental and The Ritz-Carlton hotels, working with Barbra Streisand, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe, LeVar Burton, Jane Krakowski and others. Mary founded Girl Meets Food in 2009 as a cover for her debilitating addiction to fried chicken and was named Washington Post’s “Favorite Local Foodie.” After 13 years in hospitality, she started freelance writing for USA Today, The Washington Post, Eater, Washington City Paper, and more. Today, she provides digital marketing for hospitality clients as a content creator who’s contently creating content.