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Best cubano Manhattan

OK-besides Mrs. GG's left over pork loin //smithfield ham /jarlsberg combo on a ciabatta roll toasted and pressed which clearly rules-what's the best in Manhattan? My contenders are Sophies, the now defunct Spanish American aka cuchifritos, Margon, Havana Chelsea, Havana Central, el Castillo de Jagua and Cibao on Clinton. Cast your votes or write-ins. Thanks.

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  1. The cubano at the spotted pig is pretty darn good. Really great chunks of roast pork in it. I haven't really tried any of the more traditional places, but I thought I would throw that out there.

      1. re: KTinNYC

        Margon is great, but if you want to get super technical, it's not a traditional Cuban Sandwich. It has salami in it, which I believe is a Dominican thing. Delicious nonetheless!

        http://midtownlunch.com/blog/2006/11/...

      2. I really like Cafe Habana's.

        1. Have you been to Downtown Bakery on 1st Ave. near 4th st.? They have a great no frills version and it is pretty damn good. Cafe cito on ave.c does a good one too but I have not really had too many in this city.

          1. The best place is Milanes in Chelsea. It's such a hole in the wall but these people are the real deal.