Just finished an excellent sandwich from Carve, the new lunch place on 8th and 47th. Take out only.
Opted for the Pork San Juan, described in the menu as, "Crispy Pork Shoulder, Avocado, Shallots, Lime Juice Pickled Jalapeños on Lavash (a flat bread wrap)".
Service was snappy and quick. Ordered right away at 12:45 and the sandwich was ready quickly afterward.
The sandwich was nicely composed. There were generally the proper ratios of ingredients (except for the jalapeños, which I could have done with more of). Overall size of sandwich was medium, plenty for a standard lunch, requiring a bag of salty snacks for those more hungry.
The pork was great. Think Taiwanese hamburger-type meat. A layer of nice moist meat covered by a thick ribbon of lovely rich fat. Excellent porkiness, good flavor.
The mixture surrounding was a great accompaniment. The shallots provided an underlining level of sharpness. The avocado a silky, buttery overtone. Every so often, a spicy, tart bite of a jalapeño would come through. Hints of cilantro here and there. Just an awesome sandwich.
The only downside, cost. With tax, the sandwich ran close to 9 bucks. Not cheap but definitely worth it for an occasional splurge. Most offerings are in the range, with the low end at 7 and the high at 9.
So many sandwiches to try, so little time...
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