Instagram is a great way to discover places, but photos can be misleading as a dish can look fantastic but may not taste good, unless the description is more than just what the dish is. Anyway, I may love a dish that others would hate. Still, when I see a mouth watering photo, I often put the restaurant on my list to of places to try. Needless to say that that list is quite long, New York and its area offer so many options! So it is through Instagram that I found Cuba Bakery in Union City, New Jersey. A fellow blogger, Eat in Translation, posted a photo of masa real de coco and, knowing that Jodi loves coconut, I proposed her to go there. For sure I did not have to convince her and here we were walking from Hoboken to Union City, aka Havana on the Hudson because of the Cuban immigration that revived the city many years ago.
Cuba Bakery is not just a bakery as they also serve dishes like ropa vieja, empanadas, chicken, etc. But if there are two things we wanted to try were their sandwiches and some desserts. After ordering our meal at the counter, we sat at a table and literally devoured our sandwiches. Jodi ordered a cheese (queso) sandwich with lettuce and tomato.
I ordered a ham and cheese sandwich (Jamon & queso) that was very good, better for me than the one Jodi got. Their Cuban bread is pressed, melting at the same time the cheese and giving it a slight crunch. And for $4, it is a great deal.
With my sandwich, I got a batido (shake) made with Mamey, a fruit found in Cuba and Central America.
We also brought home that masa real de coco (coconut royal pastry) that I mentioned before ($1):
The masa real de coco was good (Jodi who loves coconut loved it), but I admit that it was not as good as their tres leches that was sublime!
We ended up paying $16 before tip for this fantastic meal that finished with great satisfaction. Cuba Bakery is a great place to know for some cheap Cuban food and it will not be the last time we go there!
Enjoy (I did)!
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Cuba Bakery - 1219 Summit Ave Ste A, Union City, NJ 07087