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.
My first impression of Chavela's in Crown Heights was that, more than any other spot I've been to in the city, it reminded me of the casual Mexican restaurants I grew up with in California. Loud Latin music. Splashes of color everywhere. Affordable beer. Friendly, crazy-efficient service.
And like many of those restaurants, Chavela's does classics well and inexpensively—not reinventing the wheel, perhaps not worth traveling for, but reliable and tasty while you're there. Recently, I've been a fan of the Chorizo con Huevo Torta ($7)—crumbled bits of satisfyingly spicy chorizo bound in with scrambled eggs, a more-than-ample layer of melted Oaxacan cheese, beans spread onto the bread, a burst of jalapeño heat, and tons of avocado layered over everything. The roll wasn't quite as crisp-edged as I would have liked, and the shredded lettuce was a little excessive. But this sandwich arrives in minutes at a sit-down restaurant, with great energy and cheery service, it's hard to complain.