A Sandwich a Day: Juancho Cemita at Café Ollin

A Sandwich a Day

A new sandwich every day.

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: Garrett Ziegler]

About the size of a catcher's mitt and packed with enough ingredients to stock a small bodega, the juancho cemita ($10) at Café Ollin in East Harlem is closer to a meal than a grab-and-go sandwich. Cactus, potatoes, beans, avocados, onions, tomatoes, Oaxacan cheese, chipotle, lettuce, jalapenos, pungent pápalo, and your choice of meat vie for space in the slightly crunchy sesame seed bun. We went with chorizo, nicely spiced and crumbly; but breaded beef, goat, chicken, and a vegetarian version topped with epazote, an herb similar to fennel, are available. Two people can easily split one, although after a few bites of all those different flavors and textures, you may not want to share.

Café Ollin

339 East 108th Street, New York NY 10029 (map)

About the authors:Jessica Allen and Garrett Ziegler have been eating out together since 2002 and writing We Heart New York since 2006.

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