Mr. Victor from Court Street Grocers
We love the crazy snappy, peppery sausage on its own, but all the more so with bites of pork-saturated egg, which remained light and fluffy even after a 20 minute subway trip. The rustic roll is just crusty enough to be assertive without smooshing out the innards; its tender, poofy crumb cradles everything well.
Macho Man or Woman ($10)
Whoosh. That's the flood of pork juice this sandwich unleashes, and it's wonderful. This pulled pork sandwich comes with mild cheddar, awesomely pickle-y coleslaw and jalapeno, and just a touch of sweet "duck sauce." The savory garlic bread becomes a total sog fest, but this was still one of our favorites. Why can't all pulled pork be this juicy?
Little Shonda ($10)
A pastrami breakfast sandwich? Yes, yes indeed. It's not especially smoky pastrami, and it lacks the pepper and coriander rush you get at the best, but the huge hunks of fatty, well-seasoned meat are pretty awesome. The egg picks up whiffs of pastrami flavor and once again came perfectly cooked. Court Street knows its eggs and meat; this is a winner.
The Jawn ($10)
Calling this roll a "banh mi bread," as the menu claims, is a bit of a stretch, but the crust does have some decent crunch to it. Best to think of this one as a tangy cheesesteak with super-tender roast beef, tangy provolone, and tangier mayo and "hoagie spread." It's all about sweet relish, tender meat, and creamy tang. We'd dig this again.
Turkey + Durkee ($8)
This isn't your after school sandwich "reimagined"; it's just everything a turkey and mayo sandwich should be. White bread is sliced thin and lightly toasted, then spread with bright mayo. While the turkey isn't breaking any records for texture or flavor, it's much more solid than most. Lettuce adds appropriate crunch and balances the heavier components. It's a bit slender for the cost, but you can't put a price tag on well-earned nostalgia.
Media Noche ($10)
A media noche is basically an un-pressed Cuban on a sweeter roll, but here the roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, mayo, mustard, and pickles just didn't jive in the magical way that Cubans do. We enjoyed all the elements of the sandwich, but they didn't come together. Ultimately we missed the press.
Tuna Salad ($8)
Not much special about this textbook tuna salad, and not much to write home about either. The brioche bun isn't that memorable either. Give this one a pass.
The Mother-in-Law ($10)
An overwrought sandwich with too many ingredients, structurally unsound and kind of confused. The braised brisket gets totally lost amidst unremarkable kimchi and tough, burnt-tasting broccoli. Mayo's usually a welcome addition to a Court Street sandwich, but this was just too oily.
Broccoli Reuben ($9)
Roast broccoli just doesn't work as a sub for corned beef. Though we enjoyed the other elements of this sandwich—the comte cheese, the balanced Russian dressing, and the Orwasher's bread—the tough, fibrous broccoli had us scratching our heads.
Veg Loaf ($8)
The Veg Loaf has gone under some changes since we tried it. We received a "chickpea loaf" with seedy bread, pickled carrots, red onions, and lettuce; the current Veg Loaf #2 comes with roasted tomatoes, the same pickled carrots, and hummus on ciabatta, without onions. The chickpea loaf remains the same, and turned us off so much we couldn't finish it. It's pasty and beany in all the wrong ways, too hippy dippy for its own good.