If someone blindfolded me, secretly took me to El Chanchullero in Cuba, and then asked me to guess where I was... I would say a tapas bar in Brooklyn; hence my fascination with El Chanchullero in Havana.
This artistic, retro-vibe the restaurant gives off is truly remarkable, and certainly gives visitors a reason to venture to Plaza del Cristo. Trendy, euro-pop plays from the Bose speakers, and the design aesthetic is symbolic of where today's Hemingway would hang out when vacationing in Havana. Restaurants like these are only possible with Cuba's new government reform, allowing residents to own private business.
El Chanchullero's menu options are almost underpriced for the quality, including large portion tapas and cocktails.