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A Sandwich a Day: French Dip at Iris Take Away

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: Max Falkowitz]

The components of the French Dip ($12) at Iris Takeaway don't quite take off until you dress them in jus, but once you do, you're on your way to a satisfying sandwich. The baguette, a little more chewy than crusty, softens and soaks up the sweet, meaty juice like a sponge, and the rare, mineral-rich beef gets the jolt of moisture it needs.

There are some unusual elements to this dip. That jus, for starters, is made with coffee, but the sweet roastiness of it works surprisingly well with the beef. And there's that buttery dijon-blue-brie-mayo, cool and mildly funky against the hot dip, that elevates this sandwich into something pretty interesting. For the price I'd like something a little larger, but for an intriguing take on the usual dip, I'll take it.

Iris Take Away

16 Columbia Place, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (map)
718-797-3805
iriscafenyc.com

About the author: Max Falkowitz is the editor of Serious Eats: New York. You can follow him on Twitter at @maxfalkowitz.

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