YUCA (501 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach) – this is a popular Cuban restaurant which has been in business at least since the late 1980s. The initials stand for “Young Urban Cuban American” – which sums up the original Cuban yuppie crowd it was appealing to, before tourists discovered it. Unlike other Cuban restaurants, YUCA serves up “Nuevo Latino” cuisine. This style of cooking includes traditional Latin ingredients such as a plethora of textures, colors, and flavors that when combined creates a cuisine that is unique to anything offered outside of the Caribbean and Latin America.
Within the restaurant’s lounge area, instructors from the Salsa Mia dance company teach Salsa classes on site every Friday and Sunday evening