It’s decided. You’ll be spending the summer in Uncle Hector’s backyard. Before you protest, know that’s what the patio at the new Cafe Habana in Malibu is affectionately called.
Opening today, Sean Meenan’s much-loved New York eatery brings its signature painted palm trees, ecofriendly ways, and neighborhood hospitality to the Lumber Yard.
The Latin-by-way-of-Manhattan menu made it west too, modified only slightly to make the most of California produce. If you don’t gorge on grilled corn and Cuban sandwiches (we know it’ll be hard, especially considering it’s been a bit of a wait), go for ceviche, chicken and corn salad, or grilled rib eye with chimichurri. Wash it down with a frozen guava margarita, Corona michelada, or anything else you’ve got a hankering for from the full bar (the influence of co-owner Rande Gerber, no doubt).
Lush native plants, reclaimed wood tables, eBay-ed chairs, and Rose Bowl finds add up to a lived-in, all-are-welcome feel. And despite what’s carved in the concrete outside, there is no Hector. So what? This place is still the real deal.
Cafe Habana at the Malibu Lumber Yard, 3939 Cross Creek Road, at Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu (310-317-0300 or cafehabana.com).
Photo: Courtesy of Cafe Habana
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