A $7 cubano sandwich stuffed to the gills with pernil, a $4 banana shake, a juicy-ass half roast chicken and an ungodly amount of yellow rice? You can’t go wrong at El Castillo de Jagua. This second location, which is right near our new place, offers some amazing food at amazing prices.
The Cuban was probably our favorite. Definitely could benefit from extra pickles and extra ham, but at $7 bucks with perfectly toasted and pressed bread, lots of pernil, and little grease, we were thrilled.
Speaking of, the pernil entree itself was juicy and MASSIVE in terms of serving size.
The roast half chicken comes with exquisitely crispy skin that somehow still remains juicy as well.
The fried pork meat was a blast. It reminded me of Chinese boneless spare ribs, but less sticky sweetness and more of crispy savoriness.
The main dishes come with copious amounts of rice. We picked yellow instead of white. Beans came with the mains as well (not pictured individually, but see the last photo for the serving size to the left of my hand).
The fried plantains had just enough sweetness to make them almost dessert-like.
Speaking of desserts, we were impressed with both the banana and sour sop shakes.
I can NOT wait to explore this menu some more!
EL CASTILLO DE JAGUA
521 Grand St A
New York, NY 10002