There’s something about the New Orleans sandwich that New York sandwich shops don’t get, and many say it’s the bread. Cheeky Sandwiches solves this problem by going to the source for the French-by-way-of-Louisiana soft loaf from John Gendusa Bakery. It’s a fine foundation for Cheeky’s first-rate fried oyster po’ boy, Westminstress reports: delicious, with a crackly crust and a light and fluffy interior. This well-proportioned sandwich features a generous portion of perfectly fried oysters judiciously “dressed”; that is, served with lettuce, tomato, mayo, pickle, and hot sauce. Westminstress declares it “awesome, if a little on the small side.”
Cheeky, open since late last year, also makes a shrimp po’ boy; chicken, pork, and beef short rib sandwiches; and a meatless muffuletta with pickled vegetables and melted Swiss on olive bread. And it pours coffee with chicory and brings in some snacks to satisfy New Orleans cravings, including Big Shot sodas and Zapp’s potato chips.
Cheeky Sandwiches [Lower East Side]
35 Orchard Street (between Hester and Canal streets), Manhattan
No phone available