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.
The kati rolls at Desi Galli have earned the tiny Murray Hill lunch spot a loyal following, not least because of the chewy flatbreads that wrap them up. But don't stop there if you're in search of a good sandwich: these little sliders are another solid choice and better sized for snacking, boasting the same flavorful fillings inside a downy new bun.
The sliders are a spin on pav bhaji, an Indian street food of buttery pav bread alongside potato curry. Here, though, the spicy stuff is inside the pav and compact, not saucy, making for a portable treat. The sandwiches are small enough that you can try two or three with different fillings.
The Aloo Piyaaz Chaat ($3.49) is a loose patty of spiced chickpeas and fluffy potatoes, which get their deep, subtle heat from cumin and a sprightliness thanks to fresh cilantro and coriander seeds. Aloo and Paneer Tiki ($3.49) is more rich, the same potatoes enriched by chunks of soft, fresh, assertively spiced paneer.
Both sandwiches are garnished with red onions, whose sautéed sweetness rounds everything out, and a bright, spicy mint-cilantro chutney that's worth hoarding. The bread itself is also a treat: pillowy and toasted on the griddle, reminiscent of a potato roll, but with a firmer texture.