A Sandwich A Day: Roast Beef by Francis Louis at Cafe Pedlar

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 the city. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.


[Photograph: Liz Clayton]

The Frankies Spuntino empire has spawned another child: a catering line named Francis Louis, available in portable sandwich form at Brooklyn's Cafe Pedlar. The sandwiches come in those little triangular boxes that evoke British supermarket basements or airports, but are full of the promise of your biggest picnic fantasies. The roast beef sandwich ($9) is as cool and refreshing as a drink of water in the desert: medium rare and sliced in superthin sheets, stacked densely on rippled, just-slightly-chewy pizza bianca. It's further brightened by crisp lettuce and a healthy amount of horseradish, but garnished sparingly enough not to drown out the pure simplicity of the sandwich's main focus: tender, perfect meat.

Cafe Pedlar

210 Court Street, Brooklyn NY 11201 (map) 212-253-2303; cafepedlar.com; francis-louis.com