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Havana Nights with Flan, Rum, & Dominoes

New York, United States

Experience hosted by Chris

90 minsHosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 7 people
Includes food, drinks, and equipment

What you'll do

The idea for Havana Nights is super simple: To bring strangers together in a culturally authentic way that demonstrates the power of "cubanidad" for creating meaningful connections.

What does that mean? That means we'll be experiencing a typical get-together in 1950s Havana, where doors were always unlocked and everyone was invited. Here's what's on the itinerary:

1st - I'll show you how to make a mojito and a Cuba Libre, two traditional Cuban cocktails whose origins date back to late 19th and early 20th century Havana.

2nd - I'll teach you how to play Cuban dominoes. For us, "jugando dominó" is a traditional pastime equivalent to playing cards or poker.

3rd - We'll enjoy my abuela's secret-recipe flan cubano. The age-old family recipe comes straight from Cuba and will literally make your mouth water.

Finally, no Cuban "pachanga" (party) is ever complete without authentic Cuban coffee no matter how late at night it is. I'll make you some and show you how it's done!
The idea for Havana Nights is super simple: To bring strangers together in a culturally authentic way that demonstrates the power of "cubanidad" for creating meaningful connections.

What does that mean? That means we'll be experiencing a typical get-together in 1950s Havana, where doors were always unlocked and everyone was invited. Here's what's on the itinerary:

1st - I'll show you how to make a mojito and a Cuba Libre, tw…

What's included

  • Food
    Flan Cubano - My abuela's secret recipe flan from a town in central Cuba st...
  • Drinks
    Cuba Libre (Rum & Coke) or a Mojito - Your choice between these two traditi...
  • Equipment
    Cuban Dominoes - We use a traditional double nine set

Meet your host, Chris

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 8 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Hola mi gente! I’m Chris Vázquez, or “CubanoChris” on social. I’m a 3rd generation Cuban American whose passion is leveraging the power of culture to build community between Cubans & Cuban Americans.

I grew up in the heart of the Cuban exile community in Miami, but the further away I moved, the more closely I identified with my cultural heritage.

This culminated with my move to NYC, and since then I’ve dedicated myself to exploring Manhattan's rich Cuban roots, sharing them with others, and bringing that lost cultural element back…so here we are!
Hola mi gente! I’m Chris Vázquez, or “CubanoChris” on social. I’m a 3rd generation Cuban American whose passion is leveraging the power of culture to build community between Cubans & Cuban Americans.

I grew up in the heart of the Cuban exile community in Miami, but the further away I moved, the more closely I identified with my cultural heritage.

This culminated with my move to NYC, and since then I’ve dedicated myself to exploring Manhattan's rich Cuban roots, sharing th…
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Where you'll be

The entire experience will take place in the cozy upstairs room at Ryan's Daughter, an awesome bar and neighborhood staple since 1979. Of course to us, it will be more like a "sala," or family room, in 1950's Havana.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 8 reviews.

Carolyn
January 2020
We were spending 3 days in NYC celebrating a birthday and with weather challenges were looking for an 'inside' activity. Chris was easy to communicate with, flexible and concerned that we had a great experience. It was fascinating learning about his experience growing up in a Cubano community in Florida along with the insights he gave us into the overall culture, understanding of the people who have immigrated and those that still reside in Cuba. It was all given in a lively, fun interaction as we learned about some of the food, drink and playing Dominoes, all part of Cubano life. Our mixed age group (24-'retired') completely enjoyed tasting Mojiotos, Cuba Libre' or a Daiquiri along with his abuela's wonderful Flan recipe and learning how to make Cubano coffee too! We all had a great time and Chris was a great host.
We were spending 3 days in NYC celebrating a birthday and with weather challenges were looking for an 'inside' activity. Chris was easy to communicate with, flexible and concerned…
Kristy
December 2019
Cubano Chris’s experience is one of a kind. He kindly opened up his home to us, which allowed us to feel a genuine experience like one may feel in their close friend’s home. His passion for the Cuban culture and community is contagious and we all felt a special sense of Cuban magic, especially with the help of the delicious drinks, fabulous flan, cafecito and last but certainly not least, cute little Rambo :)
Cubano Chris’s experience is one of a kind. He kindly opened up his home to us, which allowed us to feel a genuine experience like one may feel in their close friend’s home. His pa…
Jay
December 2019
Chris was a wonderful host. Invited us into his home as we booked last minute. He took a lot of time explaining the Cuban culture and answered our questions while serving delicious treats and teaching us dominoes. Would def recommend this.
Chris was a wonderful host. Invited us into his home as we booked last minute. He took a lot of time explaining the Cuban culture and answered our questions while serving delicio…
Mareike
December 2019
Make this event and you'll get very entertain by Chris with history of his havanna roots and Tradition, play dominoes and further you can smell and taste typical creations of Havanna. Chris is very involve and he loves what he do. So you will have a great evening with a lovely person and make a very nice experience. Whats more?
Make this event and you'll get very entertain by Chris with history of his havanna roots and Tradition, play dominoes and further you can smell and taste typical creations of Havan…
Kyle
December 2019
It was an intimate setting with just my family. Very personable and welcoming. And Cuban flan was a huge hit. My kids could not stop eating it!
Melissa
December 2019
My family of 5 had a blast with Chris. We have done many airbnb experiences so far but this may be one of the best. The venue was very cozy. We learned a lot about Cuban culture. The flan was absolutely amazing. He also showed us how to make Cuban coffee. He brought in sugar cane for us to taste. We played dominos (first time) listening to great music sipping drinks personally made by Chris. He answered all of our questions with great detail. The entire experience made our evening in NYC extra special. Thanks Chris !
My family of 5 had a blast with Chris. We have done many airbnb experiences so far but this may be one of the best. The venue was very cozy. We learned a lot about Cuban culture.…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 7 guests ages 21 and up can attend.