One of the most famous restaurants in all of Havana (and by extension, all of Cuba) La Guarida is NOT an airport serving the greater-NYC area. It is, however, an upscale eatery on the top floor of a dilapidated building that has become a tourist dining destination actually worth its salt. Celebrities like Sting, Jack Nicholson, and Prince Albert of Monaco (!) all stopped by on their trips to Cuba, and you can, too, so long as you make a reservation. Serving contemporary Cuban-fusion, La Guarida could be considered Havana’s premier paladar.
If you want a distinctly upscale dining experience during your Havana nights (dirty dancing is optional), Cafe Oriente may be as classy as it comes. This government-run restaurant is where local politicians take visiting dignitaries and diplomats, but you can go here, too.
The digs look like a set piece from Midnight in Paris, your waiter will be wearing a tuxedo, and your bill will probably hit triple figures. Traditional bougie dishes like filet mignon and lobster thermidor are served while a live piano player (also in a tux) serenades.
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Wil Fulton is a staff writer for Thrillist. He did have a Cuban sandwich... in the Miami airport. Follow him: @wilfulton.