Bistro Paradou, once just a modest sandwich shop in the Meatpacking District, gets back to its roots at Paradou Marché. This stand in the Essex Street Market, open since last spring, serves knockout sandwiches like the La Guardia (duck rillettes, roasted tomato, garlic, and capers on grilled ciabatta)—“8 bucks and unbelievably good!” marvels guttergourmet. “Forget ’wichcraft or Bread. This place rocks.”
Among the other choices are the Big Meat (lamb, rosemary, mushrooms, Gruyère, caramelized onions) and the namesake Paradou (andouille, Manchego, mushrooms, roasted garlic). A shrimp po’ boy is dressed up with shaved fennel and lemon aioli. Vegetarian options include the Essex (roasted tomatoes, Brie, pesto) and the Delancey (roasted asparagus, mushrooms, fontina, truffle oil). All are made to order, so expect a wait.
Paradou Marché [Lower East Side]
In Essex Street Market
120 Essex Street (between Rivington and Delancey), Manhattan
Board Link: New Sandwich King-Paradou Marche