A Sandwich A Day: Tony's Cuban East from Tasty Deli
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When I said I was going "Uptown" to pick up a "faux-Cuban" sandwich, I really meant uptown. A trip up to 170th Street (from Serious Eats Headquarters at 27th Street) that should have taken about an hour in total took over two, but I can't complain: the Tony's Cuban East ($8.45) was absolutely delicious.
To get the most out of this sandwich from the appropriately-named Tasty Deli, it's best to come to terms with the fact that what you're going to get isn't a traditional cuban. While the sandwich does contain the appropriate roast pork, ham, Swiss, pickles, and various spices, it isn't toasted or pressed, the roll is seeded, and the roast pork is sliced in cold cut form. This is an Italian deli, after all. Nevertheless, as our New York editor Carey Jones put it, "There's a lot going on in this sandwich." While nothing particularly revolutionary, everything melds together surprisingly well in this weird Cuban-Italian hero hybrid. It just works.
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