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.
Shakshooka (or Shakshuka) is not generally the sort of thing I picture as a sandwich filling. A rich, spicy stew of tomatoes, peppers, and onions in a garlicky tomato sauce, often served with a few eggs tucked into the bubbling liquid—it seems more fit for serving in a bowl than the open mouth of a pita.
But Hoomoos Asli makes it work, filling out the sandwich ($6.50) with a generous portion of crunchy cucumbers and a few tangy pickles (plus some slightly pale tomatoes.) It's a hefty, satisfying vegetarian meal, full of warming spices. The 'over-easy' egg was cooked a little more than I'd hoped, but the sandwich manages to hold together, not turning into the soggy mess I'd feared. I'm not sure I'd trust the pita to hold up to take out—I'd advise taking a real lunch break and enjoying this one to-stay.
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