Diners are packed into this Mexican-Cuban spot, but so is the pork in its famous sandwich, and that's why people come here. (And it's why they stop owner Sean Meenan on the street—to discuss its deliciousness.) The restaurant itself is not much to look at, but don't judge until you sink your teeth past that crunchy exterior and into layers of pork and pickles. Proof of its power: Since establishing the café in 1998, Meenan has opened two more locations.
What to order: Cuban sandwich, $7
Cafe Habana, 17 Prince Street (near Elizabeth Street); 212-625-2001.
Photo: Courtesy of Cafe Habana