A Sandwich a Day: Croque Monsieur at Pastis
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.
The Croque Monsieur at Pastis is both a classic and a monster. At $13, it is the complete opposite from the delicate version at Buvette and big enough for two meals (don't even think about trying to finish this). Bechamel bubbles over the entire surface of the sandwich, a crunchy golden brown at spots, but primarily warm and oozing into the surface pores of the sliced ham and gruyere-filled sandwich. A fine balance of salt and fat. The bread is of the crusty sort, thickly sliced; it holds up well to the pour of bechamel. Perhaps the most shamelessly indulgent sandwich I've had this year. I find that a little mustard on the side cuts the richness, but if you're going to go for it, might as well go all the way, right?
About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan writes A Passion For Food, where she chronicles her eats and travels adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.