Serious Eats: New York
A Sandwich a Day: Doubles at A&A Bake and Doubles Shop
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.
If I lived in Bed-Stuy, I have to believe that my food expenses would plummet, just because I'd find myself living off dollar-fifty chickpea sandwiches, or doubles.
The Trinidadian snacks start from a base of deep-fried bara, squishy and pliant, two of them wrapped around chickpea curry channa and, often and according to preference, a vinegary hot sauce and tamarind chutney.
Every time I pass A&A on my way to the Nostrand Avenue stop without going in, I think as I'm standing on the subway platform, why didn't I get doubles? Every time I do hit up A&A, I remember why it's not always a practical snack: imagine eating stew barely contained by a tortilla. It's wrapped up in thin paper, and when you grab it, you feel it shifting around, as if it were more liquid than solid. But as long as you're not actually eating one on the A train (yes, I've made this mistake), just get some extra napkins and you're good. They're sloppy and filling and spicy-sticky-sweet, of a handheld size somewhere between a snack and a small meal. One will quell hunger for a bit, and three should stuff you silly.
A&A Bake and Doubles Shop
481 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11217 (map)