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A Sandwich a Day: Bistec Torta at Taqueria Lower East Side

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: Craig Cavallo]

The time-tested, tried and true torta ingredients triumph yet again at Taqueria Lower East Side on their Bistec Torta ($6.25). Fatty avocado adds richness that's balanced by spicy jalapeno and crisp slices of iceberg. Like the carnitas torta, a light Portuguese roll absorbs any juice from the ingredients within and gets better with every bite.

Well-seasoned hanger steak is roasted and chopped into bite size pieces for the bistec. They're kept in place by a smear of beans, whose starch acts like glue and helps keep the tender chunks of steak from falling out every time you lift it to take a bite. For now, we could do without the tomato, but we can't do without another torta from Taqueria for very long.

Taqueria Lower East Side

198 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002 (map)
212-677-3910

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