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.
The Cajun Catfish Po' Boy ($10.95) at Chat n' Chew is less New Orleans staple than it is fried fish sandwich. It has lettuce and tomato, but had we opted to have the fish grilled, the resulting "po' boy" would have left us scratching our heads. A soft, chewy ciabatta replaces the traditional baguette-like po' boy bread, and it works, and well, but it doesn't quite deliver the textural contrast or the French influence that defines the Crescent City's favorite sandwich.
The catfish is lightly breaded and quickly fried, so it retains its moisture and finds balance in a healthy dose of smoky, salty, Old Bay tartar sauce. There are no pickles on this po' boy, but the cold freshly shredded iceberg offers all the crunch this tasty Cajun catfish sandwich needs.