A Sandwich A Day: El Quijote at Despaña

A Sandwich a Day

A new sandwich every day.

In this great city of ours, you could eat a different sandwich every day—so that's what we do with A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around New York City. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.


[Photograph: Adam Kuban]

I've never been to Spain, but if their sandwiches are anything like the el quijote ($8.50) from Despaña, you can bet your bottom that I'll have a plane ticket and flamenco dress in hand by the end of the day.

Filled with lomo embuchado (dry cured pork loin), manchego cheese, and quince cream, the el quijote succeeds in marrying all of its fillings into complete harmony. What really makes this sandwich shine is the beautiful pairing of the sweet quince cream with the strong sheep's milk flavor of the manchego. To say that these two ingredients work well together would really be an understatement. One quibble: I found the ciabatta frustratingly crusty and chew-resistant, though Serious Eats overlord Ed Levine said that it was actually his favorite part of the sandwich. Go grab one for lunch today and let us know whose side you're on.


408 Broome Street NY 10013 (map)