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Under the radar late night eats at Cibao
November 23, 2010, 12:02 pm
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MAN those rice and beans are delicious. Service blows (the two waitresses sat chatting in the corner with some friends while we stared at them for 10 minutes trying to catch their eye to get the bill), but I’ll be back anyway because Cibao is open late (ate there around 1:30 am on a Monday night), it’s cheap, and the food is actually quite good.

I was hungry, and Baohaus was closed. Dejected, I started walking home when I saw that Cibao was open. I had always been a little curious about the place – there’s always someone eating something homey and tasty-looking there – but I had been less than seduced by the lack of ambiance. But maybe that IS the ambiance.

We stopped in, asked the waitress what we should order, and she recommended that we get the chicken with rice and beans. We also ordered the stew of the day, which was okay, but for $4, I wasn’t complaining.

When the juicy, garlicky, tangy, savory, moist roast chicken came out with flavorful skin and that soft yellow rice and a huge plate of red beans, I was pleasantly surprised by how effing delicious it was. Also, it was a giant portion, and between two people, we had enough left over for another meal this morning. So it was doubly delicious, and even tasted good cold. Don’t judge me for craving cold chicken and rice and beans upon waking. Try it for yourself. The chicken was $10.50 and lasted for 4 servings. How is anyone going to complain about that?

I’ve also heard good things about the Cuban sandwich ($4.50) here – apparently the roast pork is killer. For cheap, hearty Latin food – even late at night – Cibao is a solid choice.

Eat: Cibao (LES) 72 Clinton St. at Rivington, NYC. (212) 228-0703. Open early AND open late! 6 am to 2 am daily.


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