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Cuban Sandwich Battle: Cafe Cello vs. Margon

When talking about Cuban sandwiches, the names I see mentioned most frequently on Midtown Lunch are Cafe Cello (on 46th btw. 5+6th) and Margon (on 46th btw. 6+7th), both reviewed several times over the past few years. Being a huge fan of the roast pork platter at Cafe Cello, and having heard terrific things about the Cubano at Margon, I took it upon myself to grab a Cuban sandwich from each place in the same afternoon. I snagged a willing co-worker from the office and we agreed to eat half and half of each.

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Ask ML: Can I Ever Eat at Margon Again?



I recently read about Margon’s whopping 60 violation points on
8/24/11. Then, the restaurant re-opened on 8/31 and only had 11
violation points.

I want to eat it but am pretty grossed out (60 is the worst I’ve ever
heard of). What’s your honest take?


Margon Fan

Honestly? Don’t even give it a second thought.

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Margon Closed For “Emergency Repairs”


Sad Margon news from Lunch’er Ed today:

My coworker and I wanted some oxtail on Thursday from Margon. I had just been there the week before and got my fried chicken morsels on. So this past Thursday, we go there braving the rain (non-Irene related) and they had a sign on the door that said they were closed because of a power outage. What was weird to me was that they had newspapers covering all the windows as if they were renovating the inside. We thought no worries, we’ll just try again tomorrow. We settled for El Rey Del Sabor on 43rd. We go back Friday, and again it is closed. Not Happy. This time we settled on Sophie’s on 45th which was a decent substitute. So figuring, they are bleeding money, they HAVE to be open Monday.

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Margon’s Sandwich & Chicken Soup Special is Perfect For Fall

Margon Soup and Sandwich Combo

Fall is upon us. The days are getting shorter, the weather is getting nippier, and suddenly lunch time has gone from merely a break in the day, to a necessary means of warming and comforting ourselves. It seems that many Midtown lunchers agree that soups are the perfect cold weather comfort food, and I wholeheartedly concur. And what’s more comforting and familiar than a bowl of hearty chicken soup?

When it comes to chicken soup, Margon (on 46th btw. 6+7th) has a fine version, which can be paired with their famous Cuban sandwiches, for the ML friendly price of only $9. For this price, I’ve always considered this combination to be one of the best soup and sandwich combos in Midtown. Find out why after the jump.

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Margon Makes the Second Best Octopus in NYC

Octopus Salad, Margon, Midtown NYC

Fork in the Road put together a list of their 11 favorite octopus dishes in NYC today, and we were super excited to see that Margon‘s octopus salad was number 2!  Not too shabby for an old school Cuban lunch counter on 46th btw. 6+7th.  (It even beat out the infamous octopus and bone marrow pasta from Marea!)

Margon is Closed for the Week

Thanks to Lunch’er Chris for taking one for the team today… “Just a friendly PSA – Margon is currently closed until July 12.  Apparently the restaurant takes a one week vacation every year, the week after the 4th.  I learned this lesson the hard way today.”

Margon Makes it Onto Roadfood & NFT

Check it out… Margon (the amazing Cuban/Dominican lunch counter on 46th btw. 6+7th) is Roadfood’s “Restaurant of the Day”.  I’ve never fully understood Roadfood and its criteria- after all, who is going to pull off the freeway to eat at a place in Times Square?  But it’s cool to see Margon getting some love from such a popular site.

They’ve also been recently added to the Not For Tourist Guide, and I’m kind of into their one line description.

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Margon Does Us Proud at Choice Eats (Again)


For the second year in a row Midtown lunching was woefully underrepresented at Choice Eats, but Margon-the Cuban/Dominican diner on 46th btw. 6+7th- did us proud with a huge spread of some of their best stuff.


A plate of my three favorites is after the jump…

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Margon & Sophie’s Make NYT Best Cuban Food List: This weekend's New York Times Travel section features an article about the best Cuban restaurants in New York City and both Margon (on 46th btw. 6+7th) and Sophie's Cuban (multiple locations) are briefly mentioned at the end, as cheap options).  I love them both, but isn't it nteresting that neither is owned by Cubans (Sohpie's was started by Peruvians and I believe Margon is owned by Dominicans.)

I Like The Look of That Chicken, Margon


I love it when Midtown Lunch places use my photos.  I guess real photographers would probably not like people stealing their work, but for an amateur like me it’s kind of an honor. Awhile back, the Biriyani Cart (which was recently nominated for a Vendy Award) used two of my photos on their signage, and now someone pointed out that Margon (on 46th btw. 6+7th) put one of my photos on their take out menu.  Don’t know how appetizing that looks in black and white… I think I prefer it in color.  Either way, anything that causes more people to eat at Margon is alright in my book. (Although it would be nice to get a free lunch out of it… hint hint.)