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A Sandwich a Day: Portuguese Chorizo at M & O Market & Deli in Soho

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: Robyn Lee]

I don't know about everyone else, but when I go to a deli for a sandwich, I don't have especially high hopes. I'm usually past the point of hunger and just need something I know can't be that bad. So I went to Soho's M & O Market & Deli expecting to eat a sandwich that was, well...meh. Boy was I wrong!

You can order sandwiches on rolls or hero bread from Tom Cat Bakery, which are soft, slightly salty, and full of character. This Portuguese Chorizo hero ($8.10 for the basic sandwich) starts with pretty excellent thin slices of cured chorizo, just spicy and oily enough to stand out (well played, Boar's Head). I asked the sandwich man to take it from there, and for another 60 cents he added sliced aged mozzarella, tomatoes, shredded iceberg, and a swipe of mayo—just the way he likes it.

As should you. In a neighborhood rife with overpriced, average-tasting food, this Soho deli makes basic, satisfying sandwiches that do honor to the form. We devoured this enormous hero in a matter of minutes, and we're keeping M & O on our short list of Soho spots to visit when hunger strikes.

M & O Market & Deli

124 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012 (map)
212-477-8222
momarketdeli.com

About the author: Dana Abu-Dayyeh is an intern at Serious Eats.

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