The Budget: $10
The Specs: Baked Chicken, Cuban Sandwich
The Mood: Authentic get-in-get-out
The Place: 73 New Street, 76 Fulton Street
Sophie’s is an authentic-style restaurant that doesn’t mess around with anything but the one thing they set out to do: make good Cuban food. Looking for a great atmosphere? Cool, there’s probably a place down the road. Want a server to chat about your day? Go to Bluestone. Need some mouth-watering roasted pork with some rice? Welcome to Sophie’s.
The Cuban Sandwich. ($8.50)
You’ve heard of it. Maybe you’ve had a mediocre version of this bad boy at a couple points in your life. But let’s face it: we’re taking this sandwich to a whole new level with this guy.
Slow roasted pork makes the base. Add some pickles, some cheese, and some sauce. Toast it. You can “twist” it for a dollar and add fried plantains. And don’t forget the green sauce. You can’t forget it. It lights your mouth on fire before leaving a taste you can only describe as “pure satisfaction.” They’ll hook you up at the checkout counter if you’re taking it to go, or there will be a massive bottle on the table if you’re staying in.
(*WARNING: be careful when using the green sauce bottles on the table. Improper use may result in spraying it all over your clothes, the walls, and the people around you. Have I done this before? No…….)
Baked Chicken Platter. ($9.99)
Does this dish turn you on? We’re talking a full drumstick and thigh of chicken, baked to perfection. We’re talking about a plateful of yellow rice. We’re talking a side of sweet plantains, plantains that will fill your soul with love and happiness for at least a week. There will be some potatoes and carrots thrown on top, just for good measure.
Other sides include beans, chick pea salad, and steamed vegetables. It’s all a ton of food, so you can make two meals out of it.
If you’re further uptown in the Financial District, there is a location at Fulton Street that has more in-house seating.
Either way, when you walk in, there’s a system. Wait to be seated if you’re staying. Take away has three lines: one for the sandwiches, one for the dishes and sides, and one for checkout. All lines will lead you to the same place: phenomenal Cuban food.
Put a fork in it.