Like the bnh m, the Cuban sandwich is one of those things that, even in this city of $55 macaroni and cheese, is always cheap no matter how flavorful and no matter how packed with meaty goodness. At El Sitio where its a perfectly harmonious blend of flavor and texture, per the Underground Gourmet it goes for just $4.35. Even the Cuban at Sullivan St. Bakery so good it doesnt even need to be pressed is just $6.50. Thats why we were nothing short of outraged to see a $16.95 Cuban on Cupping Room Cafes lunch menu. That "1" in front of the "6" isnt a typo theres also a $16.95 burrito.
Theres a lot of meat and its a big sandwich, explained the person who answered the phone there. At the same time, he assured us his Cuban was a Cuban like any other Ive had them both and theyre the same. But we knew something was horribly wrong when we were given the options of focaccia, whole wheat, rye, or sourdough. A whole-wheat Cubano? Thats a bigger oxymoron than vitamin beer! This sandwich is pressed, right? we asked, and we were assured that it was. And yet look at what we got. Mr. Cutlets deemed the sandwich, stuffed mainly with pork rolls, one-third as tasty as a sandwich one-third the price, and the fries were so soggy and greasy that we had to wash our faces after forcing them down.
Shame on you, Cupping Room Cafe. The Cuban mustnt go the way of the hamburger vulnerable to whimsical price inflation and egregious interpretations. We demand that you drop it from your menu, or at least drop the "1" from the price. To compensate, you can raise the price of your $21.95 tuna nioise charge $210.95 for it if you'd like. But leave us our Cubano.