JP’s Food Adventures: Where to Eat a Cubano

Castillo de Jagua on Rivington Street. Photo by Cynthia Lamb.

The Cuban sandwich has been a neighborhood staple for decades. While Cuban expats in Florida take credit for its creation, Puerto Rican and Dominican diners and luncheonettes have been the bastions of this delicacy here. Variations have even made it to upscale menus, commanding a price of $14 or more. Fortunately great examples can still be found for $5.


Dominican diner serves up comforting stews and soups, plus a tasty cubano. The tostones (fried plantains) are also a highlight.

72 Clinton, near Rivington


Sun-Thu, 8am-9pm; Fri-Sat, 8am-10pm