A Sandwich a Day

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A Sandwich A Day: Kofte Sandwich at Ali Baba

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: Robyn Lee]

Murray Hill mainstay Ali Baba has a menu a mile long, most of it quite good. Until this week, however, I'd never noticed the sandwich section hiding on the back of their takeout menu. The Kofte Sandwich ($6.95) is filled with spiced ground lamb patties, lettuce, tomatoes and red onions. The sandwich can be a bit dry, so ask for them to add some of their house yogurt sauce. It's also a little unwieldy, and it's a challenge to get a perfect bite, but between the spice of the kofte patties and the warm bread baked in-house, this sandwich makes a plenty taste lunch. It can easily feed two moderately hungry people, or one person if they're absolutely starving. And in this neighborhood, which isn't as sandwich-rich as others in the city, Ali Baba is one of the best options around.

Ali Baba Turkish Cuisine

212 East 34th Street, New York NY 10016 (map)

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