Here's one late night sandwich that isn't a greasebomb. Good for lunch as well.
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You may not expect much from a roasted vegetable medley sandwich, and rightly so, but damn does this one deliver.
It's been a while since we've had a different offering from Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop. The Haloumi Cheese Sandwich ($6 small pictured, $9 large) put an end to the drought and reminded us why the Lower East Side haunt is such a favorite.
The rich, mustardy egg salad tops a leaf of raw kale and a thick piece of crusty bread, with kale pesto on top and breadcrumbs for crunch. A little sprinkle of chile flakes adds heat. Nothing too complicated, but certainly more interesting than most egg salads out there.
The grass sandwich ($8) is one of two veggie-friendly options on the menu, and it's good enough to compete with some of the more meaty options. Roasted beets, mashed butternut squash, fried goat cheese, and arugula is served on delicate, light flauto. The bread has just the right amount of crust to not overwhelm the rest of the sandwich, important for one built on simple ingredients.
There are three kinds of falafel at Chick-P on Bergen Street, and all three show up on the "Deluxe Sandwich" ($8). That's a spinach and mushroom falafel, a red pepper falafel, and a classic green herb-flecked green one.
Who would have guessed that "Sal's Favorite" sub ($8.50) at a place called M&S Prime Meats would be a vegetarian sandwich?
Even to a bean-lover like myself, a white bean sandwich doesn't necessarily sound promising; you've got to dress up beans a lot before they're a strongly flavored filling. But that's just what The Smile does with their Rosemary White Bean Spread sandwich ($10.50).
I'm going to have to try the falafel at Chick-P on Bergen Street a few more times before I decide if I prefer it to neighbor and fellow newcomer Kulushkät, but so far, I'm quite happy with Chick-P's sabich ($8).
While tangy Gorgonzola and sweet pears are lovely together, this sandwich is not for cheese amateurs.
My eyes tend to skip over any sandwich with roasted red peppers and goat cheese; I mean, you've eaten one veggie sandwich, you've eaten 'em all, right? Nope. The Pressed Vegetable Sandwich ($7.50) from Fiat Café was the first to disappear from the table on a recent lunch trip.
When I first became a vegetarian, when I wanted a fast food fix I headed to McDonalds and ordered the double cheeseburger meal without the burger. This was way back in the day, before they offered a veggie burger on their menu. Thankfully I don't have this craving any more, but occasionally I still want a good sandwich and I want it quickly. Terri is a sandwich shop in Chelsea that serves not just vegetarian but vegan sandwiches, along with salads and juices, for the on-the-go lunch crowd.
The Serious Eats Team has enjoyed 'wichcraft's gussied-up sandwiches for some time now. So when we hear about new or seasonal menu items, we can't wait try them. One of the newbies we had today was the sweet potato, olive and mozzarella sandwich, definitely a winner.
I'll eat Brussels sprouts most ways you'll serve them to me, but the Thanksgiving Leftovers sandwich ($8.75) at the Park Slope outpost of 'sNice was the first time I've eaten them between bread.
Walk into Tazza just north of Atlantic Avenue (that barely Brooklyn Heights zone), and you'll find a chalkboard wall menu covered in sandwich options. This one with roasted eggplant and tomatoes is on a soft square of focaccia, which thankfully doesn't suffer from that depressingly dry, dense chew that so many focaccias do.
A Caprese is generally fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, but at Russo's in the East Village it's something a little different. On this long sandwich ($6.99) you've got the mozz and basil, but with roasted peppers, sundried tomato, and a good soak of olive oil to bind it together.
There are many things I expect from a quality biergarten—super-sized servings of beer, good pretzels, great sausage. A vegetarian sandwich is usually not on my high list of things to try. But that all changed with the grilled portobello sandwich ($11) at Loreley Biergarten in Williamsburg.
Get a bite of the tofu by itself, and it's a strange, somewhat curious thing: firm slices of tofu with a sort of faint smokiness, such that you might think you're getting something like Gouda, but then... no, that's tofu.
Also great on their lunch menu: the Goat Cheese Panino ($12), which comes with a well-dressed arugula salad. A really good split ciabatta with a nice crisp crust and tender crumb with just enough chew gets stuffed with goat cheese, sweet roasted red peppers, grilled planks of zucchini, and kalamata olives with a tasteful smear of pesto (I can't stand an over-pestoed sandwich).
Tribeca's Stuzzicheria just opened a takeout sandwich window called Pane e Panelle—named after a sandwich by the same name that we loved both at Stuzzichini and its parent restaurant, Bar Stuzzichini. (Still with us?)