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.
If you like peanut sauce, you'll like the beef satay "Vietnamese sandwich" from Republic. A lean cut of steak, chewy but not too chewy, doused in peanut sauce and topped with pickled papaya and carrots, cilantro, jalapeños, and fried shallots. The roll, banh-mi style, has a crackly barely-there crust that's easy to bite straight through, and with heat from the jalapeños and crunch from the shallots, it's a pretty well-balanced whole. I find the combination of peanut sauce and papaya to be a little sweet for my taste; then again, peanut butter and sweet fruit are a pretty classic combination, no? $7 is a bit steep for a banh-mi style sandwich, but a pretty good deal for Union Square.