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Sep 6, 2004 09:07 PM

Cuban Sandwiches on Flatbush Ave - BK?

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I recall someone listing a place on Flatbush that serves authentic Cuban Sandwiches.....what are the choices and where EXACTLY are they located..I have a meeting downtown and will escape for a great sandwich....


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    I don't know if this is what you're thinking of, but ZAM's Sandwiches in downtown Brooklyn has a variety of pressed sandwiches, including a Cuban version. I don't know if it is 100% authentic, but in general their sandwiches are really good.

    451 Fulton Street
    downtown Brooklyn
    (718) 246-2599

    (Also, if you will be near Flatbush, there's always Junior's for deli sandwiches.)

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      Joyce Goldstein

      I don't know about the downtown place, but I like the Cubanos at El Gran Castillo de Jagua at the corner of Flatbush and Carlton (opposite where 7th Avenue begins in Park Slope). I 've had them in other places and they just aren't as good. Pork, ham, cheese, pickles in a hero pressed and grilled till hot. YUM!

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      1. re: Joyce Goldstein

        I'll second that -- delicious! Though I have to ask for a little more pickle and cheese on mine.

        1. re: Joyce Goldstein

          Dont forget the chicken and the pork chops, excellent!

          1. re: ed

            i like Gran Castilla de Jagua as well, but the Cuban was very disappointing. Not melted, not pressed and very dry. Stick with the chicken and other roasted meats in my opinion.

            1. re: ginsbera

              agree with Ginsbera on this one - dry, dry dry.

              1. re: jen kalb

                once i brought it home, pressed it and put some mayo on it the sandwich was much better....but you should never have to FIX a sandwich!

        2. El Nuevo Cibao (Formerly El Cibao) on Smith street is the best cuban in this area that I know of.

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          1. re: Jason Carey

            This is a Dominican restaurant though and they DON'T have the authentic Cuban bread as they do in Miami. If one wants authentic Cuban sandwiches in the NYC area one must go to NJ or to Mas Que Pan Bakery on 5th Avenue & 54th Street, other than that there are no other REAL authentic Cuban sandwiches.

          2. Has anyone tried the new place on Vanderbilt near Bergen? I think it's called Viejos Amigos?

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            1. re: pebbles

              Yes, I've tried the new place on Vanderbilt. They are very nice, and the sandwich compares to my favorite place (at the 7th Ave. Q intersection of Flatbush and Park Ave). It's not quite as meaty, but still the real deal.

            2. A fantastic place to get Cuban sandwiches in Brooklyn is Más Que Pan Bakery in Sunset Park Brooklyn, which is on 54 Street and 5th Avenue. It's not on Flatbush, but it's worth the trip. Their Cuban sandwiches are authentic. It's a bakery where they bake their own Cuban breads (VEry important factor which most sanwhiches don't have the authentic cuban bread itself!!)

              Go because it's worth the trip!~!!

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              1. re: Razmav

                Más Que Pan Bakery in Sunset Park Brooklyn is not even close. I went on this recommendation and if anyone thinks that's a Cuban anything you need to take a drive to Bergen line Ave. in New Jersey.

                1. re: robyru

                  Thanks for the warning. How does Mas Que Pan fall short? Did you see anything on the menu it might do better than Cubanos?

                  And this probably falls on the Tristate board, but which places do you like in New Jersey?

                  Mas Que Pan
                  5401 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

                  1. re: squid kun

                    Mas Que Pan used to be on Smith St. until maybe 2001- They made great cornbread for pretty cheap!

                    1. re: rootytootyfreshnfrooty

                      On Fith Avenue a few blocks in from Flatbush is El Viejo ..... and they have awesome Cubanos. You can eat at the lunch counter or sit in the dining room, but I cannot remember their full name!

                      1. re: roux42

                        If Más Que Pan Bakery doesn't make an authentic pan cubano, does anyone know where I can find it (or something similar) in Brooklyn, Queens, or Manhattan?

                        (I sadly don't have time for a trek to NJ these week.)

                        1. re: lambretta76

                          BTW - I just went to Mas Que Pan and I don't believe it's called that anymore. Something similar, like Pan Mas or something, but not Mas Que Pan.

                          Their Cuban bread is OK. It doesn't look the same as what I get in Tampa (mmm ... la Segunda), and it was "glossy", but when pressed it had the right flavor. It's an OK substitute.