Styling itself as the "home of Cuban cuisine" in New York, Margon is a neighborhood favorite for its authentic fare and unpretentious atmosphere. Despite being just a block off Times Square, Margon remains under the radars of most tourists, but that doesn't prevent the tiny, cafeteria-like space from getting packed out, especially at lunch. Since the '60s, Margon has been serving up traditional Cuban comfort cuisine—dishes like chicken, rice, and bean chops with plaintains, delectable Palomilla steak sandwiches, and legendary Cubans. Expect to share a table if you eat-in.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.