Serious Eats: New York
A Sandwich a Day: Pulled Bacon at Animals
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.
Nestled in the cozy little expansion of The Wayland, the newly opened Animals offers a selection of about a dozen sandwiches that sound as wild as its name suggests. The most obviously enticing option on the menu was the Pulled Bacon ($9), and barring some bread issues, it's nearly as delicious as it is pretty.
Served on a crusty baguette, the pulled bacon is tender and lightly smoky, mingling with the sweetness from the refried baked beans. Toppings of tomato, frisé, and red slaw add a crisp and cool contrast to the meat, while avocado and chipotle mayo lend creaminess to it all. But if you're looking for heat, you'll have to reach for the side of pickled jalapenos.
At $9, the sandwich is pricey for its modest size, but still filling enough to make a meal. The bigger problem is the bread, which is too crusty, chewy, and ample for sandwich fillings that slip out the side on first bite. We'd prefer a softer bread, and less of it compared to the fillings. But at least it came with a side of animal crackers. Cute, right?
Animals doesn't have a phone line or website yet, but is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.
138 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009 (map)