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Lunch for One: Ground Support in Soho

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[Photos: Kathy Chan]

Ground Support in Soho, a coffee-sandwich-pasty shop, hasn't received much press; for now it still feels like a relatively untouched neighborhood gem. I doubt it will be this way for long. There is ample seating in this former gallery space; the vibe is open, airy, and relaxing, with National Geographic magazines scattered about the communal picnic tables. The main attraction is the coffee, but for me, the sandwiches are the star of show—delicious, though expensive, averaging $9. They are pre-assembled and panini-pressed to order.

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My favorite is the Cuban ($10), Grandaisy bread layered with turkey, Berkshire ham, gruyere cheese, pickles, peppadew relish, and dijon remoulade. Not exactly traditional, but fatty, rich and quite satisfying. The sandwich is slim in width and short in stature, but the flavors, brightened by the relish, are enough to make one happy—if not necessarily fill one up.

Sandwiches and sweets, after the jump.

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On "lighter" days I'd go with the Grilled Cheese, with fresh basil tucked between roasted tomatoes and caciocavallo, oozing as you pull the sandwich in half. It's hard to make a bad grilled cheese, but it's also hard to make an extremely delicious one. This lies somewhere in the middle between good and extremely delicious. Worth $7? Probably not, but in Soho, it could be far worse.

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And don't forget about your coffee. It's by Intelligentsia—a welcome break from a Stumptown neighborhood. If you're here in the mornings, grab a homemade mini peanut butter and jam sandwich.

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Dainty and tasty, on Tom Cat Bakery baguette, it's gently priced at $1.50. The peanut butter is chunky with a tinge of salt and the jam changes frequently. I found strawberry one day and then apple-rhubarb on yet another. The pastries are sourced from various bakeries, including Tom Cat. I've yet to come across a sweet really worth your taste buds, but if I do, be sure that you'll be the first to know!

Ground Support

399 West Broadway, New York NY 10012 (map)
212-219-8722

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