A Sandwich a Day: DIY Eggplant Pita at Istanbul Grill
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.
We've talked about Istanbul Grill, the 24/7 Turkish kebab house on 14th Street, mostly for its gyros and juicy adana. But in the display case under the counter you'll find some cold appetizers also worth your time, and if you ask, they can become sandwiches all their own for about five or six bucks.
One possibility: cold eggplant in tomato sauce. The eggplant is dense and silky, slicked with oil but not drowned in it, and the tomatoes are cooked down until candy sweet. Next time I'd ask for more eggplant and less shredded lettuce to better fill out the thin pita—and maybe some hummus as well—but here's one late night sandwich that isn't a greasebomb. Good for lunch as well.