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.
Meatball subs are easy enough to find in New York; really good meatball subs can be a little harder to come by. So when we stumble on a winner, we often find it's worth going back for a second taste. Lorimer Market was a definite favorite in our round-up of New York's best meatballs—so it was pretty thrilling to find that they had managed to improve on an already delicious sandwich.
The Filomena ($6.50) uses their house-made, all-beef meatballs; finely ground, they have an excellent texture and a strong beefy flavor. The meatballs are doused with a fresh, bright tomato sauce and topped with a thin blanket of melted mozzarella. I could have used more of that great sauce; it soaked nicely into the fresh rolls from Napoli Bakery just down the street (made special for the Market daily). But the surprising addition, verging on brilliant, was fresh basil leaves, whose distinct flavor simultaneously accented the sauce's sweetness and the fine flavor of the meatballs themselves.
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