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136 W. 46th St. (off Times Square)
Our Rating Neighborhood Times Square & Midtown West Hours Mon-Fri 6am–5pm, Sat 7am–5pm Transportation Subway: N, Q, R to 49th Street Phone 212/354-5013 Prices Average meal $8-$12 Cuisine Type Cuban Web site Margon
Though it’s just a Frisbee toss from Times Square, tourists don’t venture into this scruffy, low-ceilinged, basement-level diner. A shame, since it’s serving some of the best-priced and tastiest grub in the area. And it’s doing so with great heart: The ladies behind the counter greet everyone with a full-throated “what you like, mi amor?” and chit-chat away, cooing over photos of the kids of the Broadway stagehands, office workers, musicians, Cuban expats, and others that regulars bring in. Then they heap the plates with colossal piles of rice and beans, sided by tender beef stew, shredded pork, fried plantains, and half a dozen other daily specials. The Cuban sandwiches are also sabrosisimo.