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A Sandwich a Day: Pulled Chicken at Harissa Cafe in Astoria

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.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

I've been on something of a chicken sandwich kick of late, and between this and the super-moist rotisserie chicken at Foragers City Grocer, I've been treated pretty well. The Pulled Chicken ($6.95) at Harissa Cafe isn't as majestically moist as that chicken with a pedigree, but it does a bang-up job at satisfying your chicken-and-greens-on-bread cravings.

The harissa mustard that lightly dresses the shredded chicken is downright addictive—not too hot, but just tantalizing enough to keep you coming back for more. Like its fattier, lambier menu neighbor, the bread for this sandwich is a foot-long baguette from Balthazar Bakery. Crisp, nicely flavored fries come included in distressing quantities (I'd hazard a pound or more). It's a good sandwich turned into an amazing budget deal.

Harissa Cafe

30-05 30th Avenue, Astoria, NY 11103 (map)
718-545-9595

About the author: Max Falkowitz is the editor of Serious Eats: New York. You can follow him on Twitter at @maxfalkowitz.

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