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Cuban Sandwiches - Outer Boroughs Dish of the Month August 2012

Announcing the August 2012 New York City Dish of the Month: Cuban Sandwiches

Link to Voting Thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/860481
Link to Nomination Thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/859603

The goal is to collectively try as many versions of Cuban sandwiches as possible during the month of August! So let's start exploring and eating—report back with reviews and photos of the best Cuban sandwiches you can find.

This is the reporting thread for Outer Boroughs. There's a separate thread for Manhattan here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/861173

Looking forward to seeing what people try!

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  1. You mean some people think it's somewhere other than el sitio?

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    1. re: AubWah

      Didn't realize you tried that many.
      El Sitio's cuban sandwiches were second-rate when compared to the Broadway Sandwich Shop, but they're long gone now. I didn't think El Sitio was worth returning too, but if there's a consensus that they're worthy of contest inclusion, I'd try them again.
      I think Latin Cabana's are pretty good, and better than the last one I had at El Sitio but not close to Broadway Sandwich Shop. I can't vote for them as best. and if either won, I'd be disappointed. Can we give them the award to Broadway Sandwich Shop posthumously?

      1. re: el jefe

        We always get the ones at Latin Cabana to sneak, oops, I mean carry into the movie theater on 35th St. They are OK but I'd like to find a better place in Astoria if anyone knows of one.

      2. re: AubWah

        I had an El Sitio cubano a week ago and found it bland and dry. I'm not sure if I just don't like cuban sandwiches, though, because most of the ones I've had I felt similarly about.

        1. re: Humbucker

          lano's on 3rd ave in brooklyn, between bergen and wyckoff. if not perfect, at least a contender. better than el sitio, that's for sure.

          1. re: Humbucker

            It shouldnt be bland and dry. the pork should be moist and well seasoned I usually salt) and there should be some of the garlic sauce/skin included. then, with the pickle, ham, cheese and maybe mayo or butter, there should be a good balance with the crisped bun. Ive had dry ones too and the overall standards are down down down since the glory days but the classic sandwich is not dry.

            this is one sandwich where you want the fatty parts not just the fry flesh.

        2. Haven't come upon a good one in a while,
          but here's a pic that does the sandwich some justice --> http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2011/0...

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          1. re: Cheese Boy

            El Sitio is inconsistant but when they're on, they are still the best around- at least in Jackson Heights.

          2. Growing up in Florida, I found great cuban/medianoche sandwiches everywhere. I haven't found anything in NYC to compare. How hard could it be to get it right? Maybe its the bread. I was always told that you couldn't get good bread in Florida because the water wasn't good for it with all the minerals in it. That maybe true, but it was the right bread for the sandwich. Maybe that's why it never tastes right to me in NYC.Need to bring back some of those soft loafs back next time and try making them at home.

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            1. re: Bkeats

              I realize it's in Manhattan, but Margon on 46th Street between 6th and Broadway has a really good Cuban sandwich (and many other nice things).

            2. The Colador Cafe in Brooklyn has the best Cuban sandwich I've ever eaten...and I've tried it a many different places.

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              1. re: HeyVeronica

                I like Pilar Cuban Eatery a lot, but have yet to try El Sitio's

                1. re: waxyjax

                  I went once to El Sitio years ago for a Cuban Sandwich and it was awful. Never returned. I just heard on another board that El Sitio is closed for renovations.