A Sandwich a Day: Tilapia at Rainbo's Fish

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: Craig Cavallo]

Rainbo's Fish in the Essex Street Market has been making fish sandwiches à la surf-side seafood shack long before the trend set in. There's always salmon on the menu, and grouper, flounder, or tilapia also make frequent appearances.

For the Tilapia Sandwich ($4.50), a sizeable filet gets a few shakes of a homemade five spice powder before it pays a quick visit to one of those grills whose shape and design were touted by a former heavyweight in the '90s. While the fish cooks, lettuce, tomato, and tartar sauce are applied to your choice of white bun or whole wheat bread. We would have opted for the bun were it in stock, as the whole wheat takes away from the clean, mild flavor of the fish (impeccably fresh and among the better tilapia we've had of late). But for the price, you'd still be hard pressed to find a better fish sandwich.

Rainbo's Fish

In the Essex Street Market 120 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002 (map) 212-982-8585