Part of the Chelsea's Finest Restaurants
dining group, Cuba Cafe
(200 8th Ave.
, 212-633-1570) is one of a handful of great eateries along bustling and tres-gay 8th Avenue - it's close to other members of the group, include Tello
seafood and Trois Canards
. Cuba Cafe has made a name for itself with its potent mojito cocktails, dishy weekend brunches, and such menu mainstays as chorizo with port wine, plantain rellenos with smoked bacalao sauce, and tuna with a coconut-ginger ceviche.