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Best place in Manhattan for CUBAN SANDWICH?

Liquid Sky Apr 23, 2008 06:36 PM

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!

  1. bigjeff Apr 29, 2008 11:37 PM

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

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      rutgers2 Apr 29, 2008 12:46 PM

      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
        Liquid Sky Apr 29, 2008 09:04 PM

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

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        mrnyc Apr 28, 2008 04:05 PM

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


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          BeanCurdGirl Apr 27, 2008 04:20 PM

          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
            Liquid Sky Apr 28, 2008 11:30 AM

            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
              vvvindaloo Apr 28, 2008 11:46 AM

              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: vvvindaloo
                Liquid Sky Apr 29, 2008 11:58 AM


                1. re: Liquid Sky
                  vvvindaloo Apr 29, 2008 09:49 PM


              2. re: Liquid Sky
                a_and_w Apr 29, 2008 12:04 PM

                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. vvvindaloo Apr 24, 2008 09:52 PM

              Here's an on-point thread so recent that it's current :)

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              1. re: vvvindaloo
                Lucia Apr 25, 2008 09:41 AM

                Yep--I already linked to it above.

                1. re: Lucia
                  vvvindaloo Apr 25, 2008 01:01 PM

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

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                Lucia Apr 23, 2008 07:14 PM

                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
                  Liquid Sky Apr 23, 2008 07:42 PM

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

                  1. re: Liquid Sky
                    Lucia Apr 24, 2008 08:10 AM

                    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
                      cortez Apr 24, 2008 01:41 PM

                      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.

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                        Liquid Sky Apr 24, 2008 09:06 PM

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

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                          roze Apr 28, 2008 07:00 PM

                          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.


                    2. re: Lucia
                      kcijones001 Apr 24, 2008 01:43 PM

                      Cafe Habana, hands down.

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