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.
Cemitas and tortas are similar sandwiches, but most great cemitas have some special equipment, like a squishy sesame seed bun and the aromatic herb papalo. At Cocina Economica Mexico on the Upper West Side, we were happy to find that and more on their chorizo cemita ($8).
Cocinca Economica gets their sesame seed roll from Tom Cat Bakery. It's surprisingly light and briochey, with a soft crumb and plenty of sesame seeds. A chipotle sauce adds smoky depth to the crisp fine crumbles of chorizo, and the papalo—which tastes like a cross between arugula and cilantro—adds brightness. Some stringy Oaxacan cheese completes the package. Oh, and some "spicy fries," crisp and well dusted with chili powder.
It's a clean but full-flavored cemita rendition, and a fine contribution to the Upper West Side's Mexican sandwiches.