Table Talk: Cucharamama

233 Clinton St
Hoboken, NJ 07030
(201) 420-1700
Open Tues – Sat from 5pm-11pm
Sun Brunch from 12pm-4pm and dinner 5pm-10pm

My birthday was coming up and instead of the typical drunken debauchery, I decided to do something a bit more grown and sexy. So I scheduled a lovely dinner with all the special women in my life. With a name like Cucharamama, I knew this restaurant was going to rep for the ladies and did it ever. It's designed in homage to women who have reigned over their kitchens like the two who own this restaurant, Maricel E. Presilla and Clara Chaumont, rule over theirs.

This South American tavern is quite elegant, yet still has a cozy feel to it. Flattering dim light fills the room and Latin American paintings and objects adorn the warm golden yellow walls. Once they sat the twelve of us and served me the most refreshing mojito I’ve ever had, the celebration began. With so many choices on a menu it’s hard not to get overwhelmed. But they have numerous small plates and I suggest sticking to those so you can taste as many of the delicious South American dishes as possible. From the bread made in the rustic wood-burning oven, to the Sango (plantain soup with shrimp), to the tamales; everything was phenomenal. Although it was a bit pricey, the amazing women, great food, and warm ambiance made it worth every penny!

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Verky Arcos, Fashion Director

A  writer and editor with expertise in fashion and lifestyle coverage, Verky Baldonado is currently Latina magazine's Fashion Director. Baldonado has written Latin-inspired travel and food related content and has contributed to celebrity Q&As, red carpet video interviews, and the annual “Reasons to Love Being Latina” feature. Verky is U.S.-born and of Ecuadorean and Puerto Rican descent who speaks and writes fluent Spanish. Prior to Latina, Verky worked as a photo shoot coordinator at Universal/Island Def Jam Music Group. Verky holds a B.A. in Communications Arts from Montclair State University and currently resides in Manhattan with her husband and daughter.

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