A Sandwich a Day: The Grilled Steak Torta at Cafe Habana
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.
At Cafe Habana, a good chunk of their menu is available either as a burrito or as a torta; if only for the Mexican sandwich roll from nearby Parisi Bakery, which is toasted atop the kitchen's flat-top grill, thereby accruing a grease-laden char on the roll's edges, opt for the torta.
That said, the grilled steak torta ($9.75) adds to that bread a mass of solidly tasty ingredients. The flank steak is rather chewy, but has a nice charred flavor and is juicy enough to make it enjoyable. The steak is topped with a mix of sauteed sweet onions and sweet yellow peppers, both of which contrast nicely to the saltiness of the steak. The only problem is its overabundance of chipotle mayonnaise. It adds both a creaminess and a kick, as chipotle mayonnaise should, but it overwhelms the sandwich. Less would certainly be more, in this torta's case. If you're going to go for it, ask them to go light on the mayo—and go for some napkins as well.