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 order a sandwich and it's made before my eyes, I always need a lot of will-power not to micromanage its construction. At Sophie's Cuban, I watch as a long toasted loaf is readied to be loaded with fried pork, sweet plantains, and a raw onion salad. But first, mayonnaise is squirted on both sides of the bread in thick, cartoonish squiggles. You may cringe a bit as I did, but it's okay to talk about it now, because the sandwich is not in the least bit over-gooped. And this is coming from someone who is faintly mayo-phobic.
Instead, most noticeable are the masitas de puerco, crackly strips of meat that have been brushed with orange and lemon juice before getting fried up, lending them unexpected sweetness and depth. I don't know if all that mayonnaise is performing any behind-the-bun miracles, but I'm sure glad I was able to restrain myself during the making of the sandwich. In fact, let me order another sandwich to double-check that will-power.
Multiple locations throughout New York
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