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.
"We should really be eating more Hong Kong-style diner sandwiches," Robyn Lee emailed me yesterday; and so this morning, we ran out to try nine of them. (It set us back $20.)
Here's what to know about the sandwiches you'll find at these storefronts around Chinatown (which also tend to sell all sorts of meat-over-spaghetti and meat-over-rice dishes). They're generally served on plain-Jane, basically flavorless white bread, sometimes toasted, sometimes not. They're filled with simple fillings like ham and egg, or sliced beef, generally along with a bit of mayo or butter. And they cost two or three bucks each.
So that's the context. It's not "is this the best ham and egg sandwich I've ever had?" It's "Wow, is this plenty tasty and reasonably filling ham and egg sandwich cheaper than a muffin at Dunkin Donuts?" And the answer may well be yes.
While we're talking ham and egg, that's generally been my favorite, like this one at Coluck on Elizabeth Street. Simple as can be: ham, egg, a little butter on white toast. But it's done well, the egg roughly scrambled so that there are whiter bits and yolky bits, well-salted and not overcooked; there's just enough ham and a little swipe of butter to moisten up the bread. For a filling breakfast or light lunch, I'd grab it in a second—as it's just $2.25. That's how much my morning iced coffee costs.
We also tried the beef sandwich ($2.50), well-salted and not too chewy slices of beef with iceberg, tomato, and mayo. Again, nothing spectacular. But for a quick, reasonably wholesome, and dirt-cheap lunch? Why not.
16 Elizabeth Street, New York NY 10013 (map)