92 Fulton Street
This place is under new management, with a new chef, and the gastronomic Wall St landscape is much improved for it.
They feature a much smaller menu now, whose highlights are a thick and tremendously satisfying Sancocho and Pastelles which are out of proportion with any other I have experienced: twice the size and packed with meat. All dishes are good and fresh, which in my experience of NYC cuban is pretty unique: chicken stew and chicken fricassee are not falling off the bone like tissue paper. Chicken and rice is integral: chicken cooked with rice rather than chicken served with rice.
The Cuban sandwich is pretty ordinary, though, and the sweet platanos are not sweet enough (not ripened-til-black before cooking). And the service is a little scatterbrained. They seem to have one squeeze bottle with hot sauce which everyone must share. (This is VERY cuban. If you go to Cuba, you might as well bring your own tobasco.)
The food is great. Authentic? Well, who can say? I've been to Cuba twice...try to get a pastel (or chicken stew or ropa vieja) down there? Hah! Good luck, my friend. It's pork and white rice for you!
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