Eating Out

Ever been to Cuba, NY? I’ts a small dot on the map near Olean (St. Bonaventure University), right off the NY86 Expressway (Exit 28). And there are two great reasons you should go there.
Thursday, we went to The Bistro, an intimate restaurant, artistically decorated, clean and pristine, and right on Cuba’s West Main Street (#17). The BEST part of the restaurant, though, is the food.
There were four of us and we were there for lunch. After we ordered, Brian Page, the server and assistant chef, brought us a tray of their superb homemade bread, with plates of olive oil/balsamic vinegar/grated fresh cheese dip. You haven’t had homemade bread until you’ve had Ruben’s! (Ruben Santiago, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, is the Owner/Chef of the Bistro.)

Although we were there for lunch, Scott, who is the proud owner of a bottomless pit for a stomach, ordered the Chicken Marsala dinner. Flawlessly cooked (by Brian) with a flurry of pasta over it and topped with sprigs of fresh cilantro, the meal was the perfect answer to Scott’s carnivorous appetite.
Brittany’s vegan requirements were accommodated knowledgeably and cheerfully with homemade vegetable pizza, the vegies being portabello mushrooms, zucchini, tomatoes and more. The pizza dough had the same ingredients as the to-die-for bread.
Todd had a blackened chicken sandwich and I had a chicken barbecue sandwich. The sandwiches were served on soft heated rolls, with lettuce and tomato and a side of Bistro’s homemade taco chips. I felt celebrated, the sandwich was that good.

The presentation was elegant and the food was incomparable. Even though we were all “stuffed”, we couldn’t resist the array of desserts. (We tried the Carrot Cake and White Cake with Raspberry filling. Brittany, who couldn’t have the desserts, all made with milk products, was served a gorgeous plate of fresh fruits.)
The Bistro in Cuba, NY is well worth a drive to the area. The route is very scenic, surrounded by mountains, and pastoral. The restaurant is open Tuesdays through Saturdays for lunch, 11-2, and for dinner 5-9. Sundays and Mondays are reserved for private functions. And after a delectable meal, just walk around the corner to Cuba Cheese Company. There you’ll find a wonderful gift shop of their own cheeses–more variety than you’ll ever want–plus more varieties of special foods, from pickled garlic to chocolate candies.
Maybe I’ll see you in Cuba?


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Brittany
    Apr 24, 2011 @ 17:22:03

    A delightful day, indeed.


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