Kaya is not a large establishment and does not have nearly enough tables and chairs for how popular a spot it is. While there is seating at the bar there is only a sliver of a walkway separating the bar and the tables, so relaxed and quiet the interior at Kaya is not. It does have very "hip" décor, although none of which I'd label as distinctly Caribbean. It's more Crate and Barrel meets Miami Beach nightclub.
I've been of legal drinking age for just about seven years now and one cocktail I had never tried is a Bloody Mary. I wish I had kept with that tradition. I decided to order the Vampiro ($6.50) which to me tasted like a Bloody Mary, albeit with a different name and sans celery garnish. Although the waitress informed me that it had two fruit juices in it, the bloody (or vampiro ingredients if you will) canceled out anything sweet about the drink. It was like drinking V8 juice with alcohol. I hate waste but this was one drink I did not half of, let alone finish. If you're not a Bloody Mary fan, don't even contemplate ordering this.
I love Kaya but will admit I was slightly disappointed with my first brunch experience there. However, I think it had more to do with my immense dislike of my cocktail selection and my entree selection. They make a "wicked" Cuban sandwich and both that and a Cuban breakfast sandwich are on the brunch menu, so you can guess which I'll try for next time.
2000 Smallman Street