It's hard not to love the Mexican sandwiches we get in New York: versions overstuffed with avocado and refried beans or slender but robust meat delivery vehicles; cemitas on poofy buns or griddled tortas with crisped Portuguese rolls. To add you on your own journey to Mexican sandwich self-discovery, we've rounded up 24 of our favorites from across the city.
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The dark, intimate space at La Esquina is a place to ease up and forget the anxieties of the week—and it's vegetarian-friendly, too.
A really good chicken sandwich can be hard to find; so many are dry or stringy or downright boring. But great chicken—juicy, flavorful, maybe with some crisp skin in the mix—is perfect sandwich fodder. You can't really beat fried chicken on a bun, but it's just as good grilled and stacked with avocado, roasted and slicked with fat...or, well, we'll let this list of chicken sandwich stars speak for itself.
At its best, a fish taco is a totem of simplicity—just perfectly fried fresh fish in a warm tortilla with a drizzle of crema, the sweet crunch of cabbage, and a little hot sauce for punch. We checked out the city's fish taco scene to sort out the good, the bad, and the just alright.
There's one way to really celebrate Cinco de Mayo right, and that's by downing as many tacos as you can before passing out from meat-tortilla-salsa paroxysms of joy. There are plenty of tacos we love in New York, but here are some we can't stop thinking about, from fatty carnitas to tangy chorizo to funky goat and tripe. Check out the slideshow above to see the tacos we love; if you eat them all this weekend, we'll buy you a beer.
A good taco de lengua ($3.95) is one of the great dishes of the world. Tender, fatty beef tongue slow-cooked in a flavorful broth. At La Esquina, rather than the traditional chopped chunks of tongue, they serve you a big fat slice, slow-cooked then grilled.
We've told you about how we love the pepito torta at La Esquina, so it will come as no surprise that we were pretty happy with the pollo rostizado torta, too.
Sure, a steak torta can cost a lot less than the pepito torta ($9) at La Esquina, but when it tastes this good, I'm not complaining.
Editor's note: In "Apps Only," Ben Fishner will be eating his way through New York's appetizer, bar, and lounge menus as your guide to fine dining on a budget. He blogs at Ben Cooks Everything. Flautas de Rabo. [Photos:...
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