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.
Good sandwiches can come from strange places. I'd never think to duck into Fifth Avenue smoothie shop Juice Masters in Park Slope, but saw a sandwich board while walking down the street: Avocado, Egg, Cheese, Kale, and Bacon Breakfast Sandwich: $6.50. Hey, I liked all those things!
I watched as the man behind the counter made this all on a George Foreman-style little griddle: first, cooking the turkey bacon; then salting and lightly oiling a big pile of kale, which got pressed onto the griddle too. An egg joined, and then a slice of American cheese, while a multi-grain (and gluten-free) roll was toasted and buttered, before tomato and avocado were sliced up and layered on top.
Still with me? While it took awhile to assemble, and while I would never opt for a gluten-free roll when there are regular ones in the world, this sandwich was kind of delightful. Sure, I could do without the pink tomato, and even without the turkey bacon, though it was tasty and browned up well. But the fusion of cooked egg, well-salted kale, and American cheese, all fusing with the soft avocado, was unexpected and tasty. Given that it's a special (and given the 15 minutes it took to make) I'm not saying to run over to Juice Masters... but I am saying that kale on a breakfast sandwich is an excellent thing.
77 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11217 (map)