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.
Stella 34's spacious room on the 6th floor of Macy's is designed to accommodate high-volume droves of tourists and New Yorkers alike. So too are parts of their menu. Take some of the pagnotelle for example, where soft, chewy focaccia is the vehicle for mozzarella, tomato, and arugula, and the only variation on the Italian-inspired sandwiches is the main protein.
On the chicken milanese ($12), chicken breast is pounded thin, lightly coated with seasoned breadcrumbs, and fried to golden brown. It loses its crisp under a blanket of fresh, melted mozzarella, but is still tender and juicy. There's a sprinkling of grated parmesan there too, and its salty, robust flavor gives the sandwich depth. A bed of arugula absorbs some of the liquid from San Marzano tomatoes and makes for a sort of sweet and spicy lettuce relish. It's not the cheapest lunch, but certainly a welcomed addition to the tired options in and around Herald Square.