A Sandwich A Day: Anchovy And Pepper Grilled Cheese From Little Muenster
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.
"Gourmet" grilled cheeses can often be a let down. The gratuitous addition of fancy ingredients might look nice on a menu, but can get in the way of a solid crusty-bread-melty-cheese foundation. So it's comforting to know that Little Muenster, the newly opened Lower East Side sandwich shop, is out there advocating for fancy grilled cheese sandwiches everywhere. So far we've tried three of their buttery, toasty creations, and we were not disappointed.
One of the sandwiches ($9) featured a medley of chopped anchovy, caramelized onion, Portobello mushroom, and sweet red pepper, on melty manchego and peasant bread. And it was outstanding. The saltiness of the anchovy paired well with the sweet pepper and onions; all doused in olive oil, it almost melts together. The manchego cheese merged seamlessly into the bread and added a richness to the whole equation. And the bread, though hearty and crusty, was softened by a generous amount of butter and perfectly charred on the edges. (The chips that come alongside are pretty great, too.)