A Sandwich a Day: Baked Eggs and Merguez at Café Gitane

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: Robyn Lee]

Some sandwiches boast one ingredient so great that other less-than-perfect participants can be overlooked. Such is the case with the Egg and Merguez ($14) sandwich from Café Gitane. Baked eggs, merguez sausage, chipotle mayo, and Parmesan cheese are laid upon a toasted French baguette so crisp on the outside and chewy in the crumb, and so fresh and flavorful all around that it could probably make a tasty sandwich out of anything—and so I pardoned the overdone eggs and somewhat dry, grainy sausage.

Despite these textural shortcomings, the ingredients do combine into a fantastic bite of layered flavor, with the Parmesan and mayo (props to Gitane for not calling it aioli) adding the perfect nuttiness and heat. You might not crave this sandwich while you're away, but if you ever find yourself at Gitane, you certainly won't regret ordering it.

Café Gitane

113 Jane Street, New York NY 10014 (map) 212-255-4143

242 Mott Street, New York NY 10012 (map) 212-334-9552