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.
At first glance, the Catfish Sandwich ($9.50) at Birdbath looks like a glorified Fillet-o-Fish—and it is, except much, much better. The mayo-on-fish sandwich is not a new concept, but the folks at Birdbath execute it with grace, using fresh ingredients and bread. It may cost a bit more than your average lunch sandwich, but the quality ingredients are worth the price of entry.
A catfish fillet is breaded and baked, not fried, before getting laid down on two slices of nice and crusty sourdough bread (might they throw this in the panini press next time? A nice toast would do wonders). The catfish is light and not too fishy, and the cornbread crust is crispy despite being served at room temperature. Mayonnaise plays a large role in this sandwich, as a paprika delivery vehicle and a lubricator for the fish and crunchy lettuce.
Fish sandwiches are a wonderful summer treat, and Birdbath's rendition is particularly great with its balanced construction and first-rate ingredients. (Note: This is a summertime special.)