Havana Sandwich Queen
4800 Broadway, Union City, NJ
Havana Sandwich Queen
888 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY
This weekend, my buddy Jon and I decided to return to Union City for a full-blown exploratory mission, in order to scope out new Latino restaurants to check out in the area for future posts. But before we got ourselves involved in a major food-finding mission, we were absolutely starving, and wanted to get something to eat first.
I’ve had my share of Cuban sandwiches in the past, and I’d like to say I’ve probably had the best one on that planet, that being at the Latin American Cafeteria Restaurant in Miami. I figured that if we had any chance of finding Sandwich Cubanos anywhere near that caliber in Jersey, they would be in Union City. I noticed on our approach to the center of town there was a shopping center, with ample parking (something that is in short supply in Union City) sporting the name “Havana Sandwich Queen”. We parked the car and headed in.
Storefront on Broadway in Union City.
True Miami-Style Cuban Sandwiches await, in nearby Union City. Click on the “Read the rest of this entry” link below for more.
The decor is tropical and the restaurant is warm and inviting, something that many Union City eateries, most of which are takeout-focused, sorely lack.
The sandwich ordering counter, with Sandwich Cubanos all ready for pressing.
Here you can see some of the typical menu items listed above the counter.
Sandwich Presses, essential hardware for making Sandwich Cubanos.
A Papa Relleno and a Croqueta, mashed potatoes that are deep fried and filled with meat.
Inside of a Ham (Jamon) croquette.
Papa Relleno stuffed with Picadillo (spiced meat) mixture.
Fresh Juices (Jugos) blended with ice, Mango and Passion Fruit.
A half-size (6 inch) Cubano Especial, which has two kinds of salami on it in addition to the standard Lechon (Roast Pork) and the sliced ham, melted swiss cheese and pickle. Definitely an excellent example of this type.
Pan con Lechon, Roast Pork Sandwich.
Cuban Sandwich closeup. Believe me, it tasted as good as it looks.
Pan con Lechon closeup. The pork was nice and juicy, although both Jon and I hit it with some hot sauce to give it some extra kick.
To wrap up, a Cortadito, or Cuban style espresso.