A Sandwich A Day: Pernil Sandwich at El Gran Castillo de Jagua

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]

Adam Kuban once called El Gran Castillo de Jagua the "pork blower," since it always seems they pump their enticing roast-porky exhaust out onto Flatbush Avenue to lure in passersby. And it's a wise idea indeed to stop in for a pernil sandwich (listed as "pork sandwich"; $4.95). It's not much more than pork (some crisp, some tender, some fatty), pressed on a roll; the pork juices dissolve the inner soft layers of the bread, which, once pressed, gets a thin crunchy crust. There's no other condiment, but isn't pork fat the best condiment?

El Gran Castillo de Jagua

345 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11238 (map) 718-622-8700