The Cuban. A sandwich choice that I had not encountered before coming to North America, but one that seems to be as well known as the BLT. According to Wikipedia, a Cuban sandwich is a variation of a ham and cheese but that's like saying a pizza is a variation of tomatoes on bread. In a good Cuban sandwich (hey, I've had two so I'm nearly an expert!) the pork and cheese combine into one powerful filling of melty, flavorsome goodness (or perhaps badness, depending on your last cholesterol report).
Rushing past Cafe Habana in Nolita one day, I paused to glance at the menu and knew I needed to come back. On our return visit the cafe had a 20 minute wait and while I put my name down I wanted sustenance sooner. A look around the corner revealed the Cafe Habana takeaway joint and though it only had a couple of tiny tables and less atmosphere, it satisified our Cuban cravings. After canceling my name at the bustling cafe we got a seat next door and enjoyed the quiet. And the sandwiches.
17 Prince St (cnr Elizabeth St. Habana To-Go is on Elizabeth St)
Tel: (212) 625-2001
I actually went here in September 2010. Just in case you're wondering why it's so sunny and bright. Yay for forgotten photos!