A Sandwich A Day: Cuban at El 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.


[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

I know I can't eat an entire Cuban sandwich ($5) from El Castillo de Jagua without entering food coma territory, but I eat the whole thing anyway because it's worth the subsequent brain shutdown and I cannot resist the pork. More specifically, a mound of tender roast pork dripping with fat and sweet porcine juices, topped with ham, a long pickle slice, mayo, and gooey Swiss cheese in an Italian roll, pressed to a crisp. I heard there are other good Cuban sandwiches in the Lower East Side, but I can't help but return to El Castillo de Jagua. (I once tried Cibao and was met with dry pork-induced sadness.)

El Castillo de Jagua

113 Rivington Street, New York NY 10002 (map) 212-982-6412