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Asere Cuban Kitchen Bar

 

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Asere Cuban Kitchen Bar

CalleDos Hermanos 180

Placita de Santurce

San Juan

787-946-3804

Closed Monday. Tuesday through Saturday noon to 1:20 a.m.; Sunday noon to 9 p.m.

Chef Gabriel Marino  prepares delicious food in a romantic, rustic 19th Century Cuban atmosphere. Crowded but loved; gets raves for food, ambiance and service.

Yantar Restaurant

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Yantar Restaurant

1018 Ashford Ave, Condo.Astor

Condado (San Juan)

787-724-3636

Open Tuesday through Saturday, 5:30 pm to 2 am

 

Chef Xiomara Marquez presents perfectly plated dishes (tapas and entrees)  in the Spanish style. Elegant surroundings, lagoon view, and perfect service add to the appeal.

Many Sublime Fine Dining Choices in Puerto Rico

Chef Wilo Benet is renown for superb cuisine at Pikayo Restaurant in San Juan.

Chef Wilo Benet is renown for superb cuisine at Pikayo Restaurant in San Juan.

Tired of cold weather and snow yet? Go to Puerto Rico.
Not only because you don’t need a passport. Puerto Rico is part of the U.S., and there are non-stop flights to San Juan from most major airports in the states.
Not only for the pristine beaches, although there’s something very hedonistic about the thought of sitting bikini-clad  on a warm,  white sand beach, gazing at the clear blue ocean under a cloudless Caribbean sky. (but that’s you in the bikini, not me).
Not just for the hotels, of which there are options ranging from guest houses to 5+ star luxury resorts both in San Juan and around the island.
Not even for the shopping, which includes the glamorous, largest shopping center in the Caribbean, or a hugely popular discount mall, or the delightful shops of Old San Juan (think jewelry… and discounted Lladro…).
If nothing else, go for the food!
I’ve said it before: Puerto Rico is the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean. You can enjoy American,  Asian (Chinese, Japanese, Thai) Brazilian, Chilean, Cuban, French, Italian, Mediterranean (Greek, Turkish, Arabic)  Peruvian, and Spanish cuisines… as well as traditional and modern  Puerto Rican classics.
Where to start? Maybe at Pikayo,  located on the mezzanine of the  Conrad Condado Plaza Hotel. It’s the first hotel you come to on Ashford Avenue, once you cross the Dos Hermanos bridge. Pikayo is owned by chef Wilo Benet, one of the island’s most famous chefs (he has his own wine, for heaven’s sake!),  as well as having had numerous appearances on local, stateside and South American television, and a best- selling cookbook titled Puerto Rico True Flavors in English and Puerto Rico Sabor Criollo in Spanish.
Pikayo is a 5-star restaurant. The dining rooms are beautiful, the service is perfect and the food is exquisite. It’s always busy, so plan ahead and make your reservation well in advance.
What to eat? Everything. Or, at least, as much as you can manage. I adore the Portuguese Octopus with Shallot Escabeche and Jamón Serrano. And the Scallop Ravioli with Asparagus Slivers and white wine Buerre Blanc. And those are just appetizers!
And the entrees… oh my: a scallop dish with roasted butternut squash with an emulsion of capers and raisins? Not to be missed! Big scallops, tender, deliciously seared… and that sauce! Raisins and capers? Yin and Yang wonderful.
Are desserts your thing? What about a chocolate tarte with peanut butter ice cream? Granny Smith Apple Napoleon with cinnamon ice cream?  Or the Key Lime… well, you get the message.
Pikayo … all you need is a reservation, an appetite, an appreciation for excellent cuisine (and a forgiving credit card.) But so worth it!
So  make somebody happy; make reservations for dinner.

Yantar Restaurant Bar

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Yantar Restaurant Bar

Edif. Astor, 1C

1018 Ashford Avenue

Condado, San Juan

787-724-3636

Opens at 5:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday

 

A delicious tapas menu; gorgeous lagoon view from wall of windows. Another wall showcases wine bottles.  An elegant space; the hot new spot in Condado.

 

 

Rosalía

 

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Rosalía

2324 Loiza Street

Punta las Marias, San Juan

787-268-7328

Free Valet Parking

Tuesday through Thursday noon to 10:30 pm; Friday and Saturday noon to 11:30 pm; Sunday 10a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Also Sunday Brunch.

Excellent word of mouth for this newer establishment that offers free valet parking, outside seating if desired and a fusion menu. Chef Manuel Castillo’s international fusion menu is a hit.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

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Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Banco Popular Center – Penthouse

Hato Rey (San Juan)

787-998-7073

Monday-Friday Lunch: 11am – 3pm; Dinner 3pm-10pm; Saturday dinner 5pm -10pm.

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Scheduled to open Spring 2013, this newest Ruth’s Chris will occupy stunning space in Popular Center’s penthouse… with incredible views of the city. Same delicious menu as the first, still  in Isla Verde

Meat Market Miami

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Meat Market Miami

El San Juan Hotel

6063 Ave. Isla Verde

Isla Verde, Carolina

787-791-1000

Opening summer 2013.…..Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, 5:30 pm to 11pm; Friday and Saturday 5:30 to midnight.

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A glamorous take on the traditional steakhouse; their Crudo Bar offers Tapas & other small plates.

Tutt’ Italia Ristorante

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Tutt’ Italia Ristorante

1760 Fernández Juncos

Santurce

787-982-8888

Tuesday to Friday noon to 10pm; Saturday 4pm to 1opm; Sunday 1pm to 7pm.

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Authentic Italian cuisine.

La auténtico cocina  italiana.

 

Abreu’s Wine Cellar

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Abreu’s Wine Cellar

650 Ponce de Leon Avenue

Miramar

San Juan

787-724-8266

Open noon to 10pm weekdays; 3pm to 11pm Saturday and 1pm to 10pm on Sunday.

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Chef/owner José Abreu (of JoséJosé fame)  offers an extensive wine menu by the glass or the bottle, as well as tapas and full meals.

 

 

Zest

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Zest

San Juan Water Beach Club,

2 Tartak Street,

Isla Verde (Carolina)

787-728-3666

Open Sunday to Thursday 6pm to 10pm; Friday and Saturday 6pm to 11pm.

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A sophisticated and beautiful water-themed experience with a creative fusion menu by executive chef Raúl Correa. Complimentary valet parking during dinner at Zest.

Una sofisticada y hermosa experiencia temática alrededor del agua, con una menú de fusión muy creativo por el chef Raúl Correa.