The Media Noche at Court Street Grocers
A Brooklyn take on the Cuban.
Court Street Grocers (485 Court Street, 718-722-7229) isn't scheduled to open its main dining room until mid-December, but this Carroll Gardens shop, which opened two weeks ago, is already doing a brisk business selling sandwiches. I popped in on Friday and got my hands on the Media Noche.
Medianoche means "midnight" in Spanish and is a variation of a traditional Cuban sandwich, usually eaten in the wee hours after a long night of mojitos at the nightclub. The bread used, though, is sweeter and eggier than what's used to make a classic Cuban.
The Media Noche sandwich ($8) at Court Street Grocers is, appropriately so, a bougie Brooklyn rendition of the traditional: shredded pork butt and country ham are piled high inside a brioche roll and slathered with gooey Comté cheese, crunchy pickle spears, and grainy mustard. It is a great contrast of textures and flavors and hearty enough that you wouldn't actually want to eat it at midnight. Perhaps they should rename it the Medio Dia ("noon") instead.
I say soda, you say pop.
And to wash down the sandwich, Court Street Grocers' well-chosen selection of foodstuffs includes a shelf devoted to hard-to-find regional sodas ($2) like NuGrape, Double Cola, and Cheerwine. Now that's something to cheer about, indeed.
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