Tomorrow, after a four year absence, Jeffrey Chodorow's clubby Asian-Latin fusion restaurant Asia de Cuba returns to New York City. It opens tomorrow on Street, in the space that was home to the original outpost of Alex Guarnaschelli's Butter, before it fell into an unending renovation limbo two years ago.
The chef at this new iteration of the one-time celeb favorite is Luis Pous, a native of Cuba who is now in charge of the food at all the Asia de Cuba outpost (in London and Dubai). According to Women's Wear Daily, El Chod tapped Pous to refocus the restaurant more on food, less on scene – as Pous puts it, "I hope people don't come here just to look good." With that in mind, the menu includes things like slow-roasted pig with rice, egg, and edamame, and savory shrimp churros. Stay tuned for a look at the full menu and the new, more reserved space (no giant, glowing photo of a waterfall here) very soon.