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Candela, Candela – The Restaurant formerly Known as Poetessa

92 Second Ave., btwn. 5th & 6th Sts.
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Poetessa – back from the dead?  Well, not exactly but this East Village Italian has been reconceived as a Cuban/Italian fusion joint. While the signage reads “Cucina & Mojito Bar”, the technical name given to this new spot is Candela, Candela (named after a song in Buena Vista Social Club).  A strange brew, but owner Laura Germak assures us it’s an organic fit.  Croquetas jamon & tropical salads appear curiously adjacent to gnocchi & ravioli on the menu.  Now all they need is a guy who rolls cigar and pasta.

Until we eat again,
Restaurant Girl
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