A Sandwich a Day: Pernil Cachapa at Patacon Pisao

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.


[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Everyone comes to Patacon Pisao for the namesake plantain-based sandwich, but there's plenty more on the menu at this Washington Heights street vendor turned Elmhurst brick and mortar. Take, for instance, the cachapas ($6.50 to $7), sweet corn cakes folded over like quesadillas, stuffed with cheese or a number of meats.

Pernil, slow-roasted pork shoulder, is especially succulent and fatty, a great complement to the sweet, tender corn wrapping. The other fillings—lettuce, out of season tomato, and slightly soured cream—are nothing to write home about, but offer slight crunch and cool creaminess. Really though, this sandwich is about the glories of sweet corn and rich pork. Fine things, they are, and perfect to share with friends alongside some patacones and a bracingly tart homemade limeade, made with raw sugar.

Patacon Pisao

Manhattan Cart on 202nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues, New York, NY 10034 (map)

Elmhurst 85-22 Grand Ave, Elmhurst, NY 11373 (map) 718-899-8922