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touche cafe: off-beat but on-target

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touche cafe: off-beat but on-target

epicure-us | Jul 15, 2002 07:16 PM

i had an amazingly fresh tunafish sandwich at a slightly off-beat, street-level snackbar last week. it is part of the metropolitan fencing club on 26th street between 6th and 7th avenues (i'm not %100 sure of the address--i lose track of what street i'm on sometimes in that neighborhood...). i was just walking by, saw the sign and walked right in. the extremely cool lady who runs it seems imported from the seventies--or from vermont or both--is obviously interested in serving the general community in addition to club members and people taking classes.

anyway, i ordered and she told me it would take a while. the finished sandwich was on really fresh 4 grain, sliced thin. it's generous proportions were balanced by a slightly stoical touch with the salt and mayo. and the celery. i don't always like celery in tuna salad but this celery (and there was a fair amount of it) was so crisp that it must have been added a minute. i have never had such crisp celery in tuna--even when i've made it at home. i was pretty amazed. ...the greens were spinach. a little bland but there was about an inch and a half's worth so that was ok. altogether an amazing, fairly large, sandwich for ONLY $3.50.

also on the list of offerings are an organic hard boiled egg sandwich and a tomato-cheese sandwich. they've got frozen candy bars and home-made granola. also toast made from interesting breads. oh yeah, interesting condiments like chow-chow and old-fashioned sourkraut made in penn dutch country line the shelves near the snackbar. they're made without preservatives. most are sweet and sour type stuff. the chow-chow (a bean and mixed vegetable pickle) was way sweet. glad i tried it though i don't know if i'll get it again. i'll probably try the kraut next time.

everything behind the counter looks extremely clean and tidy and the women running it has got real deal kitchen appliences like a kitchen aid and a citrus juicer. the quality is waaaaaay above average snackbar or health club fare. the athmosphere is laid back though if the added drama of sparing partners a few feet away isn't your thing you can get your order to go;) i recommend this place.

have fun,
eu

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