A Sandwich A Day: Cemita from Estrellita Poblana III

A Sandwich a Day

A new sandwich every day.

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.


[Photo: Robyn Lee]

Of the three sandwiches offered by Estrellita Poblana III, a Mexican holdout on Arthur Avenue that caters to the area's burgeoning Latino community, the clear winner is the cemita ($6.50). A serious amount of food is stuffed between the light, airy sesame egg roll but, surprisingly, it's not very messy. I'd recommend it with milanesa de res, beef that has been pounded into thin strips, lightly breaded and then fried. Your palate is greeted by a tantalizing range of flavors at every bite: the pungent herb papalo with its mint notes, the biting heat of the chipotle, the stretchy Oaxacan cheese set against crunchy onion, the creamy avocado and the hint of richness from the mayo. And, despite the heaviness of the sandwich, you'll find it difficult to stop eating. However, we don't recommend taking this one away; the oil will turn the bread soggy and ruin its essential fluffiness.

Estrellita Poblana III

2328 Arthur Ave, Bronx NY 10458 (map) 718-220-7621