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.
The duck "ruben" ($12) at Cornelius is more a misnomer than a misspelling; in addition to lacking an "e," the sandwich had none of the recognizable elements (rye, pungent sauerkraut, Russian dressing) of a Reuben proper. But that shouldn't stop you from ordering it.
One of the best picks on the Prospect Heights bar's nicely conceived menu, the sandwich comes on thickly sliced, lavishly buttered whole grain bread from Caputo's (of Carroll Gardens). Toasted golden brown, those slices encase a drippy, delicious combination of aged gruyere, nutty, grainy mustard, and very thin strips of D'Artagnan smoked duck breast. Juicy and fatty but with no particularly strong duck flavor, they could be mistaken for bacon if you weren't paying attention. Not a traditional Reuben, to be sure, but it's a unique, satisfying twist on a grilled cheese that stays moist and satisfying throughout. Pair it with Cornelius's dollar Blue Point oysters and vanilla bourbon milkshake, and you'll have yourself a lunch well suited for a decadent, lazy day.
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