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Cuban Sandwich

Any thoughts on where to get a good Cuban Sandwich? I like the one at Cafe Havana. I've also had it at Havana Central, and hated it! I love them, and can't seem to find a good one...

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  1. Margon on 46th st between 6th and 7th ave. I have not tried theirs there, but have heard great things. Super cheap as well. If you get the chance, try their other prepared foods. Yum!

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      1. re: kayonyc

        I've tried the Cubano at Margon and can recommend it. It's better than the ones found at Sucelt and Chelsea Havana.

      2. I had the one at Paladar recently and thought it was quite good.

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        1. re: Bob Martinez

          el presidente on w165th and broadway which is across the street from columbia's uptown campus/ny presbyeterian hospital.

          1. re: nativeNYer

            Agreed El Presidente is amazing! The pieces of chopped garlic in the sandwich is the best touch.

            For a non-traditional, I really enjoy the Cuban sandwich at Dinosaur BBQ. Pulled pork which I top with chipotle BBQ sauce really brings it home

          2. re: Bob Martinez

            Yes, Paladar makes a good Cubano. Not the cheapest, though. I'm not fond of the Margon version with salami.

          3. I have tried cubanos from Malecon and Mambi up in Wash. Heights and both are good, but the best one was from Floridita at 125th+Bwy -- not dry and very flavorful.

            1. if youre downtown, theres a spot called el castillo de madison. its more greasy spoon but super authentic and absolutely delicious.

              El Castillo de Madison
              207 Madison Street (between Rutgers and Jefferson)

              1. I can't claim to be a Cubano expert, but the ones at Cafe con Leche are tasty and seem to me just like ones I've had in South Florida. I don't think the bread is made out of lard, but it's still nicely crispy and chewy on the outside and tender on the inside.

                1. It's a little hole in the wall, but the Cubanos at the latin country place, Gena's Grill, on 1st Avenue between 12th and 13th are very good, very traditional and very inexpensive, as all their food is.
                  Check it out: www.GenasGrill.com

                  1. clinton street restaurant has a nice one at around $4, also west side coffee shop on church street is alright, and also quite inexpensive.

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                    1. re: bigjeff

                      i agree with clinton restaurant! it's been several years, but i remember it being huge, delicious, and cheap. every time i pass by i want to get one, but i always fear attempting to finish one on my own.

                      1. re: bigjeff

                        I'm going to second (third?) Clinton Street Restaurant. Closest I've ever had in the city.

                        1. I've had a cuban sandwich at Margon, and I thought it was fantastic! Its a hole in wall joint, so don't expect a fancy atmosphere, but the food is outstanding.

                          1. Let's see- Margon, Havana Chelsea, Sophies (had a good one yesterday at the new one on 56th between 5th and 6th), Cibao on Clinton, Castillo de Jagua on Essex, Spanish American aka Cuchifritos on 13th RIP, Cafecito on Avenue C, of course my mother-in-law's or Mrs. GG's are better than all of them. In Miami Latin American Cafeterias

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                            1. re: guttergourmet

                              Cafecito's is poor. Be bold, and go to Joselito's on Avenue D.

                            2. thanks so much for all the help so far!

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                              1. re: elizabeththinks

                                Has anyone ever had the Cubano at Manchester pub on 49th and 2nd? I get it there quite often, and I do enjoy it.

                                Though, I confess, I probably wouldn't know a good cuban sandwich if you hit me in the head with it.

                                1. re: egit

                                  for a non-traditional cubano a good can be found at Blue Smoke......

                              2. Boca Chica on the LES makes a delicious Cuban Sandwich.

                                1. On the LES, you can't beat Castillo de Jagua -- two locations (Grand near E. Broadway and Essex at either Rivington or Stanton). And, they cost $4! I have cravings for them often! They are authentic. Also, the one at Mo Pitkins House of Satisfaction is very good, but it's a variation w/ sauerkraut, which you can ask them to leave off!

                                  1. Blue smoke is the best one I had ever.

                                    1. Cafe Habana has my fave Cuban Sandwiches, but Paladar in the Lower East Side is also a good option [and a great Latin menu in general]:


                                      1. I'm surprised no one has mentioned Spotted Pig's phenomenal Cubano. At $15 it's significantly pricier than the traditional Cuban sandwich, but it's made with better ingredients. I believe it's only served for lunch.

                                        1. Has anyone been to Calidad Latina (9th Ave btwn 18th & 19th)? It looks tasty...

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                                          1. re: Aaron L.

                                            GREAT cuban. i always forget about that place. complete dump but in a good way. i still prefer clinton restaurant, but calidad latina is really solid.

                                          2. Sophies on Chambers, I work in Wall Street, however it's worth 15 min walk to eat there.

                                            1. I went on a Cubano spree last year, attempting to try every one I possibly could in this city of ours. 20 pounds later, these were my results:

                                              A hole-in-the-wall called "Spanish-American Foods" on 13th just W of 1st Ave - they make DAMN fine Mofungo as well.
                                              Clinton St Restaurant (corner of Clinton & Rivington.)

                                              Niether is fancified, both are perfectly seasoned and the texture... mmmmm. Lately I've been leaning towards Clinton, you seem to get more bits of crispy pork skin in there.

                                              Oh, and I'd just say no to the Spotted Pig's "Cubano" - "better ingredients" (quite debatable) or not, it isn't worth $15 by any stretch of the imagination. Maybe $7, but truth be told I'd order something else if I were there. No dis on TSP - great joint - but that sandwich doesn't cut it.

                                              Just MHO.

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                                              1. re: sgordon

                                                As I mentioned above, Spanish American a/k/a Cuchifritos on 13th off First is long gone though I agree they were at the top of the list. Is Clinton Restaurant also known as Cibao? If so, I agree.

                                                1. re: sgordon

                                                  the clinton restaurant that serves cubanos and other latin food is on clinton street and houston, actually. as opposed to clinton street baking company which is like a brunch and comfort food place.

                                                  1. re: bigjeff

                                                    I'm thinking of a different one on Clinton than you... the one where I get Cubanos is on Clinton & Rivington, across the street from Alias - not Houston. Might be called Cibao, I don't remember the name.

                                                2. Floridito, Broadway at about 127th. A large, spotless diner/restaurant; an excellent, freshly made Cubano for $3.50, good coffe for a buck. And if you don't want a Cubano, there are lots of other options.

                                                  1. I'll tell you where NOT to get a cuban, at El Nuevo Amanecer (Essex and Stanton in the LES). I think its a hybrid mexican/latin place since they have enchiladas and tacos alongside mondongo and chuletas but anyway, their cuban sucks. only had 3 ingredients: roast pork, ham, and swiss cheese. no good toasting, no pickle. the roast pork was good, but it might as well have been a hot ham-and-cheese sandwich. and their tripe soup is terrible; no depth of flavor and the tripe was not cooked into submission but a bit too al dente for me. I've had better. if you're in the area, might as well hoof it to clinton st. restaurant (clinton and houston).

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                                                    1. re: bigjeff

                                                      Agrred. Amenecer's Cubano was downright awful. I would disagree with you on one point, though: I'd hoof it to Cibao on Clinton and Rivington instead. CSR ain't bad, mind you - but Cibao's is better IMHO.