Out to C
by Julie Besonen, 04/23/2014
Photo: Arleen Allendes
185 Ave. C, 212-253-9966, East Village, Manhattan
Vegetarians aside, who doesn't love a big, lip-smacking Cubano sandwich? Cafecito's is layered with moist roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, mayo, mustard and dill pickles, pressed and toasted till crusty, oozing melted cheese. You'll think about saving half for lunch the next day, but it's hard to stop—especially when you dip a corner in the garlic sauce that comes with the tostones (twice-fried plantain chips). This intimate, brick-lined luncheonette-bar-restaurant also offers strong, tangy mojitos; citrusy shrimp infused with garlic and butter; and home-style ropa vieja, a cumin-rich stew of pulled flank steak, peppers and onions served with rice and black beans. Weekday happy hours offer deals on drinks and bar food, and brunch is another bargain time to go: for $11–12, you get a cocktail alongside your choice of Latin-flavored egg dishes.