A Sandwich a Day: Turkey Well Worth Eating at Stage Restaurant

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.


There's some bread under there. [Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Let's review Stage Restaurant, a Ukranian lunch counter in the East Village that's one of the great last holdouts of the neighborhood's Eastern European heritage. Boldly seasoned, affordable pastrami. Deliciously rare roast beef. Killer breakfast. Not so killer burgers.

These are all quite well and good. (As are the excellent pierogies and potato pancakes, of course.) But might I suggest you hold out for roast turkey day? Because this is a turkey sandwich ($9) well worth eating.

Yes, there's a sandwich under that pile—two slices of rye, which they offer to toast despite the flood of gravy that comes when you order your turkey open-faced. The turkey—moist and well-seasoned, pulled in large chunks devoid of gristle—is mounded and mounded until you barely see the crust poking out.

Two things strike me as special about this sandwich. First, if you only want dark meat, your request will be almost entirely honored—no dry, bland breast meat on this pile. Second: should you ask for extra gravy, an advisable move given its balance of richness and salt, you'll be met with a quick smile.