Halloumi Sandwich at Macchiato
I was struck by the savory meatiness of the halloumi cheese, firm and a bit squeaky, much like the cheese curds found in Montreal's poutine. The simplicity of the other sandwich elements (a swipe of cream cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and pickle) perfectly complimented the halloumi and let its buttery umami flavor shine.
Veggie Sandwich at Bierkraft
Mozzarella di bufula, cured eggplant, and olives on a baguette spread with hot pepper relish and a basil and Marcona almond pesto. Right now, you can add roasted ramps to any Bierkraft sandwich—their grassy, oniony flavor brought something special to this one.
Mumbai Xpress's Green Grilled Cheese
In addition to crunchy raw onions and that psychedelically green-colored coriander chutney, there's a shmear of Amul butter and Amul cheese, and a layer of thinly sliced potatoes and green peppers. It's one of the tastiest sandwiches I've ever eaten, vegetarian or otherwise.
Mumbai Xpress: 256-05 Hillside Avenue, Floral Park NY 11001(map); 718-470-0059
Clean Slate at Saltie
Warm housemade naan is warmed and smothered with hummus, quinoa, and matchstick-cut pickled beets. To finish, yogurt, a handful of shaved fennel, parsley and toasted sesame seeds. A colorful affair, to say the least!
Panino Greco at Grandaisy Bakery
Fresh stecca bread is smothered with skordalia, an garlic-y puree with Greek origins. It's velvety, pungent, and the ideal base for a scattering of whole chickpeas, fragrant with thyme and bay leaves.