Cubano Cuban Sandwich Recipe & Cibao Lower East Side NY
72 Clinton St (at Rivington)
Back in 1998, when I would visit my friend Tizoc in the Lower East Side, the coolest place to hang out was Johnson’s (still is in my opinion) and the best place to eat was Cibao Restaurant. Both the bar and the restaurant have surprisingly survived the gentrification of the Lower East Side. PBR is still a few bucks at Johnsons and Cuban sandwiches are still less than $4 at Cibao. Cibao, in my opinion still makes the best Cuban sandwiches in the city. One reason is they roast all their pork fresh and keep it greasy and hot in their steamer next to their sandwich press.
If you can’t make it down to Cibao, here’s a recipe for you to make your own at home. It’s a perfect way to use that leftover pernil roasted pork.
Cubano Cuban Sandwich Recipe
3-4 slices of fresh roasted pork (make your own or buy at a local deli)
3-4 slices of ham
1 kosher dill pickle sliced
hero bread roll
Take the roll and cut lengthwise but don’t separate the pieces. Lather on the mayo and mustard. Add the ham, then add the pork, then add the pickle slices, then add cheese. If you have a sandwich press, press till golden brown.
If you don’t have a press, you can improvise by placing your sandwich inside of a toaster oven and pressing down the sandwich with your metal toaster tray. I used a metal cup to put extra force on the sandwich. Toast or broil for a few minutes till cheese melts and bread is golden and crispy. Slice the sandwich diagonally in the middle and eat immediately. Enjoy!