A Sandwich A Day: Grilled Cheese and Plantain at Pilar Cuban Eatery

A Sandwich a Day

A new sandwich every day.

In this great city of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around New York. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.


[Photo: Carey Jones]

Grilled cheese sandwiches and stewed plantains are two of my favorite foods on the planet, so ordering the Pilar Grilled Cheese ($6.50)—that'd be a grilled cheese with plantains in it—at Pilar Cuban Eatery was a forgone conclusion. I firmly believe that a good grilled cheese requires an ample hand of fully melted cheese and a crazy amount of butter, and Pilar delivered—a heaping mound of shredded cheddar and Gruyère melted into an oozy pool kept in check by butter-soaked grain bread, and the soft fried plantains added sweetness and heft. An "espresso mustard" described on the menu was hard to discern, if it was in there at all, but that was just fine by me: cheese, fruit, and buttery bread are a pretty unbeatable combination.

Pilar Cuban Eatery

393 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11238 (map) 718-623-2822