A Sandwich A Day: Tortas at Chavella'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.
It's too bad that, at many establishments in New York City, Mexican sandwiches, or tortas, are often overshadowed by the typical trifecta of burritos, tacos, and quesadillas. Luckily this isn't the case at Chavella's, a small Mexican restaurant in Prospect Heights. Their menu offers eight tortas, including such awesome options as the Chiles Rellenos (yes, that's a fried cheese-stuffed pepper on crusty bread) and the Chorizo con Papas(if you like starch on starch action, this spicy potato and sausage sandwich is for you).
My personal favorite is the Carne Enchilada ($7), with chunks of tender, spicy roasted pork and shreds of crunchy cabbage. The pork is topped with a substantial cilantro garnish and a nutty black bean spread. The final touch is a slather of salsa verde which keeps this giant sandwich supremely moist.