A Sandwich a Day: The ProZack at Shopsins

A Sandwich a Day

A new sandwich every day.

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.


[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

When you're eating at Shopsins, money isn't too much of a concern. The food's expensive, more than you'd think for tricked out diner fare, but when it's so gutbusting filling and so damned good it feels hard to mind. Case in point: the ProZack ($17), a sandwich of gravy-soaked brisket, Hatch chilies, and jack cheese on a loaf of garlic bread.

It's all about meat, fat, and spice, an easy recipe for success, but the fun's all in the details: brisket so tender you could cut it with a spoon, a gravy that tastes of little more than stock reduced until it's a meaty syrup, chilies that actually burn, and the crunchy-tender bliss of well-toasted garlic bread. The sandwich is crazy filling of course, and excessive, but in a balanced sort of way that keeps you coming back for more. Best sandwich of my year so far? Quite possibly.


120 Essex Street (inside Essex Street Market), New York, NY 10002 (map)

About the author: Max Falkowitz is the editor of Serious Eats: New York. You can follow him on Twitter at @maxfalkowitz.

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