Dragonfly (364 Calle Fortaleza, 787/977-3886, www.oofrestaurants.com, Mon.–Wed. 6–11 p.m., Thurs.–Sat. 6 a.m.–midnight, $12–26), another OOF! Restaurant establishment frequented by the young and beautiful party set, has recently been expanded from a tiny intimate space to encompass a lounge and second bar. Nevertheless, be prepared for the wait to get in, unless you go early in the night. The playful fusion menu offers delightfully creative cuisine combinations, such as Asian seared scallops and miso honey halibut. There’s also a full-service sushi menu.
A fusion of Indian and Puerto Rican cuisine may seem an unusual combination, but Tantra (356 Calle Fortaleza, 787/977-8141, fax 787/977-4289, www.tantrapr.com, daily noon–midnight, late-night menu Mon.–Sat. midnight–3 a.m., $16–29) proves just how simpatico the dishes are. Sensual creations include crispy fried coconut sesame shrimp accompanied by a mango-peach salsa, and shredded tandoori chicken served over a platter of crispy fried plantain slices. The menu of eclectic small plates encourages sharing. If you can’t decide, order one of the combo platters that serve 2–4 diners ($55–75). The bar serves a variety of fruity martinis ($10) garnished with fresh flower petals. Forgo dessert and have a coconut martini rimmed in chocolate and fresh grated coconut instead. After dinner, fire up a bowl of fruit-flavored tobacco in one of the hookahs that line the bar ($20 a bowl). When the kitchen closes, Tantra turns into a late-night hotspot popular with service-industry workers who flock there when their restaurants close.
© Suzanne Van Atten from Moon Puerto Rico, 2nd Edition