Been doing a bit of reading about this absolute morsel of deliciousness. The Cuban sandwich was created in Florida in cafes feeding Cuban immigrant workers. It’s a tasty variation of the ham and cheese sandwich – with roast pork, ham, swiss cheese and slices of till pickle served in Cuban bread. I think i first tried it the first time i visited New York, but this time we sought out what was rumoured to be the best Cuban sandwich in all of Manhattan. Quite a claim. The place was called Cafe Habana ( www.cafehabana.com ) and took a wee bit of finding, which was pretty unpleasant in the torrential rain that decided to go non stop that day! But i can assure you it was 100% worth it and i’m so glad we made the effort. Looking over the menu was torture, of course we had to have the Cuban sandwich, it was what we’d come for, but mmmmmmmmmm. The chicken Diablo Sandwich with sliced “blackened” chicken breast, roasted peppers, mesculin and chipotle mayo sounded like heaven, the Quesidillas amazing, and the sincronozada...num num num!!
We opted though for the Cuban - Roast Pork, ham, swiss cheese and pickles on toasted Cuban bread. It did not disappoint. The flaked roast pork was so moist that the juices ran out of it when you bit into it. What a revelation! We also tried a side of the grilled corn which we’d heard was also fabulous, and is also available to take away on a stick. The waitress brought out two large corn cobs, slightly blackened by the grill lending a lovely smoky flavour i’d never had with corn before, but to make things even better it had been rolled in mayonnaise, lime, chilli powder and cheese. I cannot begin to tell you how nice this was. But if you are ever in New York – go try this! And bring some back for me!
NB The pics here are taken from the Cafe Habana website. We were too busy stuffing our faces to think of photography!