A Sandwich a Day: Pawlie Grilled Cheese at Saxelby Cheesemongers
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.
Pawlet is one of many cheeses at the counter at Saxelby Cheesemongers in the Essex Street Market. It's a semi-soft cheese from Consider Bardwell Farm in Vermont, and it melts like nobody's business. But that's only part of what makes the Pawlie grilled cheese sandwich ($9) so good.
Bread from nearby Pain D'Avignon takes on an almost pastry-like texture after a smear of butter and a trip to the sandwich press. It's crunchy on the outside, but flaky within. The sides seal shut and keep the nutty, rich cheese from ending up anywhere but your gullet. There's no shortage of that cheese; balance comes in the form of spicy pickles from Rick's Pick's. They're briny and tangy, with a fresh snap and light smokiness, and a faint dose of sriracha that's added to the pickle brine.
The sandwich is currently only available during National Grilled Cheese Month, aka April, but if it sells well it'll stick around. Something tells us we'll be seeing it next month. And the month after that...