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.
Having dinner at Park Slope's al di la is an exercise in patience. Waits are an hour plus even on off nights but lunch is an entirely different story. Wednesday through Sunday, al di la offers an abbreviated lunch menu that includes many of the restaurant's signature dishes along with a few very worthwhile sandwiches.
Carey shared the joy that is the Pork Belly Sandwich, but there's another more spring-centric sandwich on the menu these days, the Mackerel Sandwich ($9.50). A thick, charred filet of mackerel is served on a hash-marked brioche bun layered with thinly sliced cucumbers, peppery arugula, a bracingly tart lemon aioli, and a generous helping of pink pickled ramps. At this price point it's a sandwich that comes with high expectations but there isn't an element that disappoints—the fish is cooked perfectly, the vegetables are as fresh as you can get, and the bun has all of the squishy-eggy goodness that brioche has to offer.
al di la
248 5th Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11215 (map) 718-636-8888