Murray’s Cheese, in a no-brainer business move, has diversified into grilled cheese sandwiches. From a counter right at the front of the flagship Bleecker Street store, guttergourmet chose the Little Stinker: the semisoft, Taleggio-like Grayson from Virginia’s Meadow Creek Dairy paired with Niman Ranch ham and pressed between two slices of caraway-seeded rye. He sums it up in three letters: “OMG!”

Among the other choices are the Greenwich Village (fontina, prosciutto di Parma, roasted garlic, pesto), the Spaniard (Manchego, quince, jamón serrano), the Delicate Flower (fontina, puréed artichoke, prosciutto cotto), and the Smoke That Turkey (roasted turkey, maple-smoked Gouda, Hawthorne Valley Farm sauerkraut).

In Midtown, the lunch crowd is eating up hefty heros from Papa Perrone’s, a pizza truck previously acclaimed for its Sicilian rice balls. sam1 says its meatball-Parm sandwich on garlic bread is “huge, insanely tasty, and heavy,” and enough for two lunches. (He also tried the pizza, once: “possibly the worst pizza of my life.”)

Another hound-worthy sandwich has resurfaced in Midtown at Mantao, a week-old reincarnation of the sorely missed Province in Tribeca. The new place, like the old one, tucks Asian-accented fillings—spicy pork, grilled chicken with cilantro, short rib with kimchee, among others—into griddled northern-Chinese-style wheat buns. hungrytaf is sold: “OMG so delicious! Ate there with a co-worker and we both flipped out.”

Murray’s Cheese [Greenwich Village]
254 Bleecker Street (at Leroy Street), Manhattan

Papa Perrone’s [Midtown]
E. 55th Street (between Park and Madison avenues), Manhattan

Mantao [Midtown East]
235 E. 53rd Street (between Second and Third avenues), Manhattan

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