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.
When I'm having a sandwich, especially a panino, the type of cheese used is often the order-clinching ingredient for me. So the idea of a vegan panini seemed doomed to disappoint. What's a warm sandwich without the melted cheese? I was pleasantly surprised, however, by the pan-seared French horn mushroom panini ($9.95 + tax) served at the Upper West Side vegan spot Peacefood Café. The sandwich is constructed on homemade focaccia bread with sun-dried tomatoes, arugula, artichoke aioli, and mint and basil pesto, along with the mushrooms.
This panini is hearty and filling—certainly a sandwich vegans and carnivores alike can appreciate. The various components' strong flavors make up for the lack of cheese. Unlike other vegan dishes, this one does not rely on meat or cheese substitutes to try to make up for the lack of animal products and does not need to, either. The focaccia in particular stands out, liberally oiled and well-grilled.
My one complaint is that Peacefood Cafe is not always consistent. Last time I ordered the panini the mushrooms were a bit rubbery and could have used a little more cooking, whereas the first time they were nice and tender. Luckily the other elements stand out enough that the sandwich is always delicious.
460 Amsterdam Avenue, New York NY 10024 (map) 212-362-2266
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