In this great city of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around New York. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.
"Can I have a Schumwich, please?"
"You know. A Schumwich." The Subway counter guy shook his head in confusion. (Apparently, he hadn't read yesterday's New York Post.)
If you haven't, either, the "Schumwich" is Sen. Chuck Schumer's sandwich of choice, and, according to the Post, "an inside joke of sorts among the armies of political aides who have slaved away in Schumer's office." It's a roast beef sandwich on Italian bread, with mayo and mustard—plus banana peppers, pickled jalapeños, extra onions, extra tomatoes, and extra extra pickles: two full layer's worth.
Clearly, we had to try this beast for ourselves.
I walked the counter guy through the order, step by step: mayo, mustard, tomatoes—nope, a few more tomatoes, please. The secret, according to Schumer, is waiting until one layer of veggies is on before asking for extra. Subway guy tossed two or three pickle slices on. "A little more than that, please." Two or three more. "Great, can I get about twice that many?"
He rolled his eyes. I smiled my best I-have-big-eyes-and-a-sundress-on smile. "Please, sir?"
He smiled back grudgingly and slapped on another handful of pickles, and I escaped with a certified Schumwich—breathing thanks that there had been no one else in the store whose lunch I'd held up with my pickle demands.
And how does it taste? Well, honestly: like peppers, pickles, and wan, mealy tomatoes. The problem with a sandwich this loaded with veggies is that if the veggies suck—like Subway tomatoes, in New York, in April—the whole sandwich suffers. No complaints about the roast beef, but you can't really taste it. And if you don't like peppers, forget it. (I ended up with hiccups within seconds.) We'd be interested in a higher-end version, but have a hard time seeing how peppers and pickles wouldn't still dominate.
UPDATE: Highly placed sources within Sen. Schumer's camp confirm that these sandwiches are, generally, from Subway.