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.
Essex Street Market is a busy, bustling place during lunchtime. Workers are breaking bread. Butchers are grinding meat. Candies are being cut. In the midst of it all, there's a quiet new stall from Nordic Preserves, Fish & Wildlife Company.
Their small counter space is full of cured items, along with jars of preserves and cookies on the counter top. Amidst all the charm you'll also find some open-faced sandwiches sized somewhere between a smartphone and a tablet computer, more of a snack than a full-on lunch.
We were happy—if not wowed—by the clean flavors of the Salmon tartine ($6), which is lightly smoky and more generous with the salt. The dill yougurt brightens the hearty multigrain bread, but it's the mild cheddar that made us come back for more bites. It grounds the sandwich and adds heft to the fish: balance between smoke, herbs, and grains.