Posted on April 27, 2012
If you are looking for a delectable meal off the beaten path look no further than Cucharamama. Located just outside of Manhattan, this one-of-a-kind restaurant had me feeling the essence of Latin America. Translated as “mother spoon”, hinted by the big spoon that serves as a door handle, Cucharamama’s ambience is strikingly warm as you enter. The dim lighting and authentic decor are accompanied by an adobe oven, in which empanadas of beef, roast suckling pig, lamb, breads, or pizzas are infused with wood burning aromas
Unlike most restaurants in the Hoboken area, Cucharamama offers an extensive wine and cocktail list, including Sangria! I recommend accompanying any choice of the unique wines from South America and Spain with two appetizers; White bean and tomato cream soup with cabrales cheese and onion empanaditas from the wood-burning oven, and octopus in peruvian black olive and panda pepper sauce. For a main dish go for the Latin cassoulet of white beans, sausages, smoked bacon, and kale braised slowly in the wood-burning oven, spicy sauce and rice, only available Friday and Saturdays. For larger parties, Cucharamama will roast whole suckling pigs, available with a five-day notice.
Maricel Presilla chef and co-owner leaves no authentic flavor behind, and is an artisan in Latin American influenced cuisine. Visit her restaurant just a ten minute train or ferry ride from Manhattan at 233 Clinton Street in Hoboken, NJ.