A Sandwich a Day: Sujok Pita at Al Safa
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.
Although I'd never heard anything about Al Safa in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, when I walked in I just knew that it was going to be good. Scanning the menu, I was intrigued by the Sujok Pita ($5) described as hot spiced ground beef and lamb sausage.
Wrapped tightly in foil, the pita was paper-thin and filled with two thin links of sausage, Persian cucumber pickles, and vinegared lettuce, tomato, and onions sprinkled with za'atar and dressed with a tart yogurt sauce. The sujok sausages, grilled to order, were similar to merguez, deliciously lamby, and had a wonderful snap and juiciness. It was one of those sandwiches that was just enough to satisfy but left you wanting more. I'm looking forward to heading back to Al Safa and checking out some of their other Lebanese sandwich options.
8002 5th Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11209 (map)