You could probably put rubber gloves in Sullivan St Bakery’s light, crusty sandwich bread and have a thoroughly enjoyable lunch, suggests funkymonkey. But luckily for all, a rubber glove sandwich is not on the menu. Instead, try the nearly perfect springtime special sandwich of hard-cooked egg, artichokes, fresh mozzarella, and ramp-anchovy vinaigrette.
The bread is just right; the egg, cheese, and artichoke harmonize beautifully; and the dressing pulls it all together, “with just enough of a salty tang to season the rest of the ingredients, but not fishy enough to put off my anchovy-hating co-workers.” Ramp season is nearly over, so try this soon.
NYU hounds and other downtown types score great sandwiches at Bite, which runs a tiny kiosk on Lafayette as well as a sit-down restaurant on 14th Street. billyboy loves the spicy Middle Eastern turkey sandwich (smoked turkey, hummus, greens, and plum tomatoes on ciabatta). Other favorites: curried tuna (with carrots, cabbage, and raisins) and panini with prosciutto and mozzarella, smoked turkey and pesto, and other fillings. Refreshing house-made lemonade goes well with any of them.
A few blocks uptown and several steps upscale, Gramercy Tavern makes a dressed-up pulled pork sandwich enlivened with a scoop of slaw and pickled jalapeño and onion, Scott V reports. A light vinegary dressing complements the pork without overpowering its smokiness. It’s $16 but a worthwhile splurge, Scott promises.
Lunchtime perennial Lamazou has earned a loyal following with top-notch meats, cheeses, and breads (some from the above-mentioned Sullivan St Bakery). “Like other fans, I’m in love,” confesses RGR. “It’s the high quality of all the components that makes Lamazou’s sandwiches so outstanding.” Greatest hits include the Milano (salami, turkey breast, provolone), the Brima (roasted peppers, marinated artichokes, Brie), and the Caprice de Lamazou (smoked salmon, capers, cornichons, red onion, and a delicious lemon-oil dressing).
Finally, in the narrow but important salami-and-egg category, Fallon nominates Barney Greengrass, the venerable Upper West Side store that draws crowds for its smoked fish. Salami and perfectly timed scrambled eggs come on rye, pumpernickel, bagel, or bialy. For an extra $1.50 you can add caramelized onions, and you should.
Sullivan St Bakery [Clinton]
533 W. 47th Street (between 10th and 11th avenues), Manhattan
335 Lafayette Street (between Bleecker and Houston), Manhattan
Bite [East Village]
211 E. 14th Street (between Second and Third avenues), Manhattan
Gramercy Tavern [Flatiron]
42 E. 20th Street (between Broadway and Park Avenue S.), Manhattan
370 Third Avenue (at E. 27th Street), Manhattan
Barney Greengrass [Upper West Side]
541 Amsterdam Avenue (between W. 86th and 87th streets), Manhattan
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