Sophie’s Cuban Improves on Their Pork and Plantain Sandwich
When I first posted the Midtown Lunch Sandwich Challenge I listed Sohpie’s Cuban’s fried pork and plantain sandwich as one of the major inspirations. So I was pretty pleased to hear that they were going to participate in the challenge. And while their entry (the “pernil with a twist”) isn’t really all that different from the original sandwich already on their menu, it is a slight improvement- and worthy of praise. (If for no other reason than the fact they are part of the reason this is even happening.)
The major difference is this sandwich is made with roast pork (pernil) instead of the fried pork. Now, normally if given the choice between a fried something, or any other preparation, I’m going with fried. But in the case of a sandwich, the roasted pork is a lot more moist, and makes for a less dry sandwich (the one and only complaint you could make about the oh so delicious fried pork and plantain sandwich.) To their standard pernil sandwich, they automatically add grilled onions, sweet fried plantains, mayo, and their Peruvian style green sauce. Hence, “pernil with a twist.”
Surprisingly, keeping the sandwich wrapped in the foil for awhile actually improves it- so I would recommend carrying this thing back to your office. Unlike, say, the cuban sandwich which gets pressed so all the grease and fat from the meat and cheese soaks into the bread, this sandwich doesn’t get pressed- and the bread gets toasted separately. So, if you eat it right away, the bread is kind of dry and a little crispy. After a little while in the foil, the bread softens up- and the sandwich is much improved.
Oh, and ask for extra green sauce. Or ask for some extra on the side. The sandwich improves exponentially in correlation with the amount of green sauce that is added. And if there is anything this sandwich challenge teaches us, it’s you can never had too much of a good thing.
Sophie’s Cuban, Available at these three locations:
369 Lexington Ave (btw. 41+42nd) 212-922-3576
805 Third Ave (btw. 49+50th), Lower Level, 212-308-1024
23 East 23rd Street (btw. Mad+Park), 212-260-8884