Serious Eats: New York
A Sandwich a Day: Torta Pumas at Tortas Neza in Corona, Queens
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.
I don't always eat a sandwich the size of my own skull. But when I do, I prefer the Pumas.
A competition-worthy dish at the Tortas Neza sandwich-and-antojitos truck in Corona, the Torta Pumas ($14) is a hand-held smörgåsbord named after its creator's favorite Mexican soccer team—Mexico City's Pumas. Its layers include fried, hot-dog-like sausages; a breaded and deep fried chicken cutlet; a chorizo omelet; several slices of head cheese and ham; refried beans; pickled jalapeños, lettuce, tomato, and avocado; and a generous helping of fresh, stringy, Oaxacan-style cheese.
Each component is carefully prepared and dutifully stacked onto an oversized bun. The house chili sauce, "hormigas" ("ants"), is added on request. Then, the entire sandwich is finished on the griddle until the bread is crusty.
According to the owner of Tortas Neza, the Puma a meal for two. I'll go out on a limb and say it can comfortably feed a family of four—provided, of course, that you try some of Neza's excellent tacos for dessert.
Tortas Neza Truck
Corner of Roosevelt Avenue and 111th Street, Corona, NY 11368 (map)