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.
Good grilled or roasted vegetable sandwiches are tricky to find. Too often the vegetables aren't well-grilled--slimy on the outside and crunchy in the inside. You can usually barely taste the advertised pesto or olive spread because the bread tends to soak up the little tapenade used; you end up left with soggy bread.
Luckily, none of these veggie-sandwich woes plague Café LULUc's Pressed Vegetable sandwich ($9 plus tax). My sandwich was delivered piping hot, with roasted portobello mushrooms, red peppers, zucchini, eggplant, and caramelized onions cooked all the way through. (That said, I would have liked more mushrooms and fewer red peppers on mine.) Pesto, which tastes of fresh basil, rather than cheese or salt, is slathered over the veggies, not just the bread. The ciabatta is pressed crisp and thin, letting the vegetables shine. The panino has an all-around sweet, earthy, smoky favor. For $1 extra you can goat cheese, which I think would go well with the sweetness of the caramelized onions.
214 Smith Street, Brooklyn NY 11201 (map) 718-625-3815
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