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.
Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten
About the author: Lauren Sloss is a bicoastal food-lover who splits her time between New York (where she is finishing graduate school) and San Francisco (where she does most other things). She writes about food, music, travel, and everything in between. Some of her favorite things include The Black Keys, goat gouda, and guacamole. You can follow her on Twitter @laurensloss.