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Best Cubano in Brooklyn or Queens?

Xiao Yang Oct 30, 2007 04:32 PM

Where in Brooklyn or Queens can the best Cubanos be found?

  1. Dave_G Nov 4, 2007 05:41 PM

    Can't comment on the quality since it isn't open yet, but there is apparently a new Cuban place coming to Sunnyside--just across the street (55th?) from La Flor. They've been remodeling the place (that hasn't been used for anything I know of) for over a month know. I asked a painter what it was going to be. His answer: "Cubano restaurant."

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      JFores Oct 31, 2007 03:56 AM

      Rincon Criolla between Corona and Jackson Heights.

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      1. re: JFores
        Brian S Oct 31, 2007 09:48 AM

        That's my favorite Cuban restaurant and I was just about to suggest it!

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          Xiao Yang Nov 1, 2007 01:31 PM

          Well, you and Brian have me excited about trying the dinner specials as El Rincon Criollla on my next trek to NYC (perhaps in December). But to get back to the original question, what are their Cubanos like? What bread do they use, and how do they stack up with what one might get, say, in Miami?

          1. re: Xiao Yang
            JFores Nov 3, 2007 03:15 PM

            It's not what you'd get from a tiny shack near the beach in 1980s Miami, but they're pretty good. My mother gets them. I've never been a huge fan of them.

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              Brian S Nov 3, 2007 05:50 PM

              Rincon Criollo started out as a tiny shack near the beach in 1950s Havana.

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                JFores Nov 3, 2007 08:11 PM

                Awesome. I didn't know that. But for Cuban sandwiches? How are theirs? I've never tried them. He's requesting Cuban sandwiches and my best suggestion would be to try theirs because I've never had a really good one in NY. Miami, yeah.

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          HankyT Oct 30, 2007 06:15 PM

          Not sure if it's the best, but I had a very tasty one the other day at El Cibao on Smith Street (Wyckoff & Warren). I had always preferred the place down the street (El Nuevo Portal) until a poster told me about Cibao, and I am now convinced that they have a better Cubano.
          Please let me know if you find out anything different. Williamsburg is probably a good bet.

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          1. re: HankyT
            Astoristani Oct 31, 2007 08:06 PM

            In Astoria/LIC, there is a great Cuban deli/bodega around 35th Avenue under the N/W el.--El Sitio de Astoria. Geat take-away Cuban food at a very reasonable price.

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