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.
Snack Taverna (sister restaurant of Snack in Soho) is located on such a cozy and quiet West Village corner, it's really the perfect place to meet a friend for a leisurely lunch, or to read a book while sitting at the counter next to the bowl of Jordan almonds (good ones too: soft, not tooth-chippers).
And luckily, the food holds up to the atmosphere. The lamb sandwich ($12) proved a great pick: tender and well-spiced braised meat piled high on a toasted ciabatta, then topped with roasted onions, tomatoes, baby arugula, and a roasted tomato mayo.
A combination of spices in the braise—I could only confirm cayenne pepper and jalapenos, but also tasted cinnamon and coriander—gave the lamb a complex flavor and just a hint of heat. The mayo offered a perfect touch of creaminess, and the ciabatta was, if not a knockout, at least sufficiently crusty on the outside and receptive to the lamb's juices. It comes with a side of greens, and is appropriately sizable for its $12 price tag (at least in this city).