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.
We've been on a Chinatown sandwich kick, and M. Star Cafe might be our favorite thus far. Okay, this looks nothing like a cheesesteak. But for $3.75, it's still a great lunch. Ignore the unwieldy iceberg. Underneath, you'll find thick, well-salted, and surprisingly flavorful beef slices, along with totally melted American cheese and soft, cooked-down onions. Could we live without the lettuce and tomato? Sure. But the meat-cheese-onion core is more than tasty enough to overlook that.
And while we'd already been pretty content with the ham and egg sandwich at Coluck, M. Star Cafe's ($2.25) is even better. Here, it's a fluffy egg patty with a ton of ham on buttered bread that's still soft, rather than toasted. If you get it to go in a wax paper bag, the heat from the egg steams the white bread so that it further softens around the filling, all fusing into one semi-squishy unit, which I loved. And it's just so massive for two dollars and change. A Satay Beef Sandwich ($2.25) wasn't too bad, but probably our least favorite; it was unevenly spiced, such that some bites were bland and others were quite hot.
M Star Cafe
19 Division Street, New York NY 10013 (map)