Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine
96 Chambers St.
(bet. Church and Broadway)

The Tribeca franchise of the mini-chain isn’t a fancy affair: You order at a counter, where the busy-but-friendly staffers ladle the food from the steam tables. It’s stick-to-your-ribs fare, such as ropa vieja (shredded beef stew), pernil (roast pork), and the popular baked chicken, all of which come with rice and beans. Sophie’s also makes sandwiches; the Cuban is, as you might expect, a specialty. Seating is communal. Closed weekends.

Sophies Cuban Cuisine Tribeca