When I worked in Mid-town Manhattan it took a little bit of trial and error to find the good, inexpensive food options. 46th St between 6th and 7th avenue, just east of Times Square is blessed to have both Minar, and a new Cuban favorite, Margon. Like most places in the area, it’s packed during the morning rush and 12pm-2pm. Any other time, it’s very quick to get in and out. There are stools near the sandwich counter and a series 4 tops spanning the length of the restaurant. It’s a steam table joint with daily specials like fried Kingfish and rotisserie chicken.
My brother and I split a pernil sandwich ($7.50) and a Media Noche ($5). The pernil sandwich features a soft Italian roll put on a sandwich press. The meat was minimally, but perfectly seasoned with garlic, salt and pepper. The skin had a nice, unexpected crisp to it. No lettuce, tomato here, just a few lonely but welcome pickles. It’s a wonderful utilitarian sandwich.
My personal favorite was the Media Noche (Midnight) sandwich named such because it’s a midnight snack in Cuba. The sandwich includes swiss cheese, ham, mustard, mayo and all important pickles on an amazing sweetened potato bread roll. After the sandwich pressing, it goes from regular sandwich to transcendent. Margon is well-worth a visit especially if you have a soft spot for greasy spoons. Note that they’re a breakfast and lunch spot open 7am-5pm, Monday-Saturday.
136 W. 46th St
New York, NY
Subway: F, M, B,D to 47th St