A Sandwich A Day: 'The Firehouse' at Defonte's
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.
What do you call a sandwich with too much tender roast pork? A high-class problem. "The Firehouse" at Defonte's in Gramercy is a spin on a Philly classic—roast pork with broccoli rabe, cooked with garlic and pepper but still keeping a bit of a bite, piled in with sharp, sharp provolone cheese and the Defonte's signature: thin slices of fried eggplant. All on crusty seeded Italian bread that soaks up the pork juice. This may be the first time we've ever called a sandwich too meaty, but in this one, there's just a little too much to get your mouth around. (Though that's a problem easily rectified.)
Is it good enough to have you passing up Defonte's famous roast beef and mozzarella sandwich? Perhaps not—but that doesn't mean it isn't one of the better roast pork sandwiches we've ever had. Call ahead; it's a special and not always available.