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.


[Photo: Robyn Lee]

What New York City cafe in its right mind would have an iPad that you can simply take off the counter and play with to your heart's delight? Piccolo Cafe does, apparently. This is in addition to the free video chat station and the eco-friendly recycled wood paneling on the wall... but I digress. This tiny hole-in-the-wall also has a variety of sandwiches, salads, pastas, and breakfast fare. It's a bit pricey overall, but when you see such things as "truffle pate" and "bufala mozzarella" all over the menu, one tends to be a bit forgiving about forking over a couple extra bucks, especially if it's for the good stuff.

The Italian Flat Bread sandwich with Stracchino cheese, Prosciutto, and Arugula ($8.00) certainly falls under this category. The sandwich, which was actually on toasted Italian bread for reasons unbeknownst to me, had a seemingly nice balance of meat, veggies, and cheese, which was soon proved otherwise once bitten into. I have a hard time believing that anything can overpower the distinct taste of prosciutto, but the Stracchino was certainly capable and then some. You can't taste anything else, but in the end it's not so bad. The mild-yet-not flavor of this Italian cow's milk cheese is to die for.

Piccolo Cafe

157 3rd Avenue, New York NY 10003 (map)


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