Dave is a husky, meaty fella with a fiery personality. He answers to no one and a master of his own domain. When opportunity knocks and he’s not home, opportunity waits. You get the idea? Dave is the latest City Sandwich sandwich I tried and quite possibly my new favorite in this Portuguese Sandwich mecca. With ample amount of fresh minced sausage, chili pepper, garlic, olive oil, melted mozzarella, and peppers for the occasional much needed acid. This was meaty, sharp and pleasantly fiery with a great finish. Winner!
But as with any other sandwich at City Sandwich, it all starts with the bread of dreams. Naples born Chef Guerrieri who spent a lot of time cooking in Lisbon, fell in love with the Portuguese bread and spent a lot of time looking for the right formula. Thankfully we have a large Portuguese community in NJ where he was able to find that diamond in the rough. To me its like the perfect Po-Boy baguette. A hollow interior, and an exterior that has just enough teeth friendly crunch. This is as good as sandwich bread gets.
Other than Dave, there are plenty of other winners here. Todd is perhaps the most popular… Smoked Portuguese Pancetta, Tomato, Seasonal Lettuce, Honey Dijon and Yogurt Sauce. Yogurt and olive oil is what you’ll find here generally instead of mayo. And before you complain about the +$10 prices, just try to buy these ingredients (including bread) separately. Besides meat sandwiches, there are also vegetarian and egg sandwiches like Bench Girl which I had a few weeks ago. Omelet, Portuguese Alheira sausage, spinach, Melted Mozzarella and olive oil. The egg took center stage at this one in a very good way. They also have daily specials which at times can be seasonal like the Sofia below, with battered Zucchini blossoms. This is perhaps the only sandwich in NYC that is destination worthy.
City Sandwich has been in Hell’s Kitchen Survival Guide from day one as the lone sandwich representative. There’s a very simple explanation on why you dont see any Eating with Ziggy mentions on their front window. There’s no more room.
If you check-in via Yelp while waiting for your order (you just need to install yelp and check in) you get a free Panna Cotta. And somehow I missed the fact that they make those little Lisbon style Pastels that we’ve been munching on daily when we visited Portugal, which remains near and dear to our hearts (the country, not that pastries. Ok the pastries too)
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