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.
There is no formal ordering system at Cheeky Sandwiches. You walk in, and you wait to be acknowledged by the busy cooks at the back of the narrow storefront. One of them will call, "You know what you want?" after you have consulted the single laminated, aged menu beside the cash register. Your order will probably be one word—Beef, Sea, Chicken—and they will nod. The tempting smells of your sandwich will then haunt you until you get back to the office and promptly devour it. (Or at least, that was my experience.)
The "Beef" ($8.00) is a sandwich of braised short ribs on challah bread with horseradish sauce. Ostensibly there are also wild tomatoes and arugula, but as soon as the flavor of the beef and bread hit my mouth I forgot vegetables even existed. This is one of those I'm-smiling-because-this-is-so-delicious sandwiches, with tender, flavorful short rib that compliments the sweetness of the challah. And the horseradish sauce adds another layer of unassertive but intriguing flavor to prevent a one-note bite. Now that you know how to navigate the ordering procedures, get to Cheeky immediately and take a bite of this hearty creation.