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Best place in Manhattan for CUBAN SANDWICH?

Hi Hounds,

I've been out of town for quite some time and wanted to know:

1) Who still had the best Cuban sandwich?

2) Also, is COLUMBIA BAGELS still good, the one by the university campus?

Thanks from an ex-New Yorker!

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  1. Columbia Bagels has closed.
    For Cuban sandwiches, check out this recent thread: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/510025

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    1. re: Lucia

      Thanks, Lucia. Bummer about Columbia Bagels... they were sooooooooooo good!

      1. re: Liquid Sky

        They were great, and I went many times in my Columbia days. But, I think I still prefer Absolute Bagels when I'm in the area--they're huge but very good.

        1. re: Lucia

          For me, the Cuban Sandwich at the Spotted Pig in the West Village is the best. Not a down home version, but an upscale interpretation by the gastropub. Top ingredients avoid the fatty/greasy quality found frequently in Cuban sandwich places.

          1. re: cortez

            Thanks, cortez. But I think I prefer the greasy version... you know, for old times' sake.

            1. re: cortez

              OMG I had the Cuban today for lunch at the Spotted Pig and it was amazing. I didn't think it could get bettr than their burger but I was wrong.

              nyctastes.blogspot.com

          1. re: vvvindaloo

            Yep--I already linked to it above.

            1. re: Lucia

              Thanks, Lucia. I don't know how I missed that.

          2. To me, this distinction goes to Margon on 46th Street (though I haven't checked out the other threads) -- made fresh, perfect proportions of all the key ingredients and at $5.50, you can't beat it.

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            1. re: BeanCurdGirl

              Thanks, Everyone!

              Can't wait to fulfill this craving. Also miss me some good CAFE CON LECHE.

              Coffee in LA generally SUCKS!!

              1. re: Liquid Sky

                Here is a link to a relatively recent thread on the topic of Cuban Cafe con Leche, though some of the recs are for places outside of Manhattan. But it should get you started :)

                1. re: Liquid Sky

                  Funny....I used to say the same thing about coffee in NYC. I'll never understand why Peet's has never opened in Manhattan. Regarding Cuban sandwiches, I second Margon.

              2. best cuban sandwich? that's easy. CASA HAVANA in chelsea. spring for the special version:

                http://www.chelseadining.com/casahava...

                1. Hi,
                  I didn't have a chance to read all of the responses but if you are in midtown, try Margon on 46th between 6th and 7th. The line is always out the door and is delicious. Best one I ever had. I have given up meat but their Cuban sandwich would definitely make me go back to eating meat. Can't help with Columbia Bagels. Enjoy!

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                  1. re: rutgers2

                    Thanks. I'll check em out when I'm in midtown.

                  2. too bad mo pitkins is closed; they had a very weird one that was the bomb; a cuban + reuben mixed together. pretty crazy.