Since opening in March, Spreads Sandwich Shop on 30th & Park has been selling a fairly standard, but somewhat inventive menu of sandwiches, soups, and salads, with a stronger emphasis on to-go offerings than their sister restaurant, Dishes, that also stands out in the endless wasteland of Paxes and Prets that is Midtown. Their Turkey ($9.50) and Schnitzel ($10.75) sandwiches did not disappoint.
The "smoked" turkey isn't tremendously smoky, but it is flavorful and juicy, and Aleppo-pickled roasted peppers and spicy chipotle mayo add a mild but pleasant heat, tempered by the monterey jack. The inclusion of avocado and crumbled tortilla chips effectively adds a layer of chips and guac into the mix, but manages to do it in a way that seems neither excessive nor gimmicky. It's unusual, but not for the sake of being unusual, and we approve. This is a mighty solid turkey sandwich.
The chicken schnitzel is similarly satisfying, with the same peppers providing the same mild heat, but a kale slaw added a little bite and a nice tang, bolstered by a garlic aioli. The schnitzel itself was a little thick, more cutlet than proper schnitzel, and a little bland but still pleasant.
Both sandwiches were served on toasted ciabatta, which was nicely crispy even after a long trip back to the office spent soaking in a generously soggy mess of mayo.
Spreads' sandwiches are balanced, flavorful, and inventive enough to excite, but simple enough to satisfy on a regular basis. And given their Midtown location, they have a big leg up on the competition.
About the author: Ben Jay is an editorial intern at Serious Eats, photographer, carnivore, beer and whisky drinker, and music nerd. He normally disapproves of kale and cole slaw, but he's glad he made an exception this time. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.