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Food for Thought: Cuban Food Returns to Tarrytown at The Cube Inn

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September 5, 2020

By Linda Viertel–

Bebe Gonzalez, former owner and manager of Tarrytown’s iconic Green Machine Laundromat, has repurposed his former business on Main Street, transforming his space into an informal restaurant, rich with his culinary heritage – The Cube Inn.  As head chef, partnering with his wife Megan Gonzalez as restaurant manager, he has realized his dream of honoring his Cuban ancestry. Bebe’s parents, uncle and oldest brother were born in Cuba, where he visited often. “I al­ways wanted to open a restau­rant that would keep the Cuban tra­di­tions and recipes alive that were passed down to me from grand­par­ents, par­ents and friends in the Tar­ry­town Cuban com­mu­nity. I was so en­er­gized by the pas­sion­ate peo­ple I met on my trips to Cuba that I knew it was time,” said Gon­za­lez. “The Cube Inn is all about fam­ily, friends, laugh­ter, mu­sic and good food—a fam­ily-friendly gath­er­ing place.” (“Cuban Cuisine Finds a Familial Home on Tarrytown’s Main Street,” by W.B. King, The Hudson Independent; thehudsonindependent.com)

Cuban food is an eclectic mix of Spanish, African, American Taino, and even Chinese influences (Chinese laborers brought rice to the island as laborers replacing enslaved workers after the Civil War), and the Gonzalez’s have had plenty of time to hone their deft delivery of Cuban cuisine having operated their catering service, Babalu’Q for 10 years. The Gonzalez’s opened The Cube Inn in early August and, faced with COVID-19, met the challenges head on. Tables are six feet apart; a deep zebra wood bar allows 10 to enjoy the tasty variety of five different mojitos, Cuban beer and fresh fruit sangrias, while judiciously separated by planters that Megan can move to accommodate party size at the bar. Tables allow for seating 22 inside and 15 outdoors, with added weekend, well-distanced tables providing more sidewalk dining on Main and John Streets.

All dishes are made in-house with the freshest, quality ingredients. Signatures include a rope vieja – slow roasted beef marinated in a sofrito (spiced tomato sauce), shrimp al ajillo – shrimp in an olive oil/garlic sauce – and mojo pork, a slow roasted pork shoulder with house made mojo sauce made with garlic, olive oil and citrus. But what would any Cuban restaurant be without the famed Cuban sandwich? The Cube Inn is no exception; their El Cubano, made with roasted pork, pickles, Swiss cheese, mustard and ham, is pressed to crisp the roll while melting the cheese into mouth-watering meats. Other sandwiches are available, both pressed and not pressed, as are Bebe’s sandwich “takes” on fillet of salmon, grilled cheese, marinated chicken and steak, not to mention his Cuban hamburger.

Appetizers include five choices of empanadas, chicken wings, shrimp fritters, tostones (refried green plantains), ceviche in season and more. And what Cuban meal would be complete without sides like black beans and rice or maduros (fried ripe sweet plantains) or, for dessert, a flan – that silky-smooth egg custard topped with caramel?

The Gonzalez’s have enriched Tarrytown’s thriving restaurant scene with yet another culinary offering in a fun, familial style. At The Cube Inn, traditional Cuban food’s eclectic tastes combine with a street food vibe the whole family can enjoy.

 If You Go:

22 Main Street

Hours: 5-9 p.m. Tues-Sun.

Inside/Outside Service

No take-out available at this time {Due to COVID-19, lunch and take-out have had to be curtailed, but as soon as the Gonzalez’s can staff up their kitchen, they plan to begin serving lunch, take-out and special occasions such as pig-roasts.. Check for new offerings this fall.)

phone: 914-372-7974

web site: thecubeinn.net

Mail to: hola@thecubeinn.net

 

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