A Sandwich a Day: Smith St. Cheese Steak at HBH Gourmet Sandwiches
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.
You want to be careful when labeling a sandwich a "cheesesteak." Doing so cues certain expectations of a particular type of sandwich. But since the Smith St. Cheese Steak ($12) at HBH Gourmet Sandwiches is in Brooklyn, not Philly, I neutralized my expectations and decided to go with the flow.
The meat is braised short rib that appears in flat slabs; the cheese is a gooey and mild taleggio, which was tasty, but also made for a greasy time when combined with the chive aioli, which tastes a little like honey mustard thanks to the sweet pickled shallots. So no, this was not a traditional cheesesteak, but the beef was tender, moist, and decently seasoned. That said, for $12.00, you should get more meat, especially in comparison to the massive raft of fluffy ciabatta it came on. I expect ciabatta to be crusty and light, but this one was extremely soft, and it overwhelmed the contents of the sandwich. A worthy note: the sandwich came with housemade chips seasoned with fresh rosemary that were thin, crisp and well worth an extra side order.