Serious Eats: New York
A Sandwich A Day: The Lamb 'Hot Pocket' At Certé
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.
As we've noted before, the look of Certé, midtown lunch spot and catering company, belies the stellar quality of their fare. We love their monthly sandwich specials, and we were not disappointed by the September edition, the Lamb Hot Pocket ($8.95).
It's piled high with red wine-braised lamb of incredible quality: tender, juicy, and so flavorful that everyone who tried it couldn't help but say "lamb-y!" or "whoa, lamb!" as soon as they'd had their first bite. A layer of creamy and tangy goat cheese-potato purée is spread on the bottom of the pocket, and the lamb is topped with sautéed kale and shallots, an earthy tangy touch of green.
So what about the pocket? It's two sheets of thin pasta liberally sprinkled with big chunks of sea salt and a touch of paprika, sealed at the edges around the magnificent innards, and then fried. It doesn't have much flavor beyond the great salt, but it adds a nice crunch, holds everything together remarkably well, and isn't at all greasy. The whole package is delicious, but the lamb steals the show. 30 days of September just isn't long enough.