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.
There are many things I expect from a quality biergarten—super-sized servings of beer, good pretzels, great sausage. A vegetarian sandwich is usually not on my high list of things to try. But that all changed with the grilled portobello sandwich ($11) at Loreley Biergarten in Williamsburg. Juicy, well-prepared mushrooms had a great meaty texture; the addition of smoked gouda lent even more richness and heft (and somehow worked well unmelted). Pickled red onions and roasted tomatoes added further depth; every bite had a nice crunch and tang from the onions and a juicy sweetness from the cooked-down tomatoes. The sliced multi-grain grain bread on which it was served was no match for the mushrooms and tomatoes, but had a hearty flavor that worked well enough taste-wise that I didn't mind the mess. Another added bonus was the healthy serving of skinny, salty french fries that suggested McDonald's in the best of ways.