This August, spice up your boring brown bag lunch with something more than turkey on whole wheat. From out of the ordinary toppings to crazy combinations, these New York City restaurants are offering creative sandwiches for something interesting between two slices of bread. By Sarah Shaker.
Braised Brisket With Blueberry Sriracha & Pickled Onions, Mayhem & Stout
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The artisan sandwich company that’s been popping up all over the city at food festivals, specializing in fall-off-the-bone braised meats and seasonally inspired house made condiments, relishes and spreads, is opening a permanent storefront on August 16th – just in time to celebrate National Sandwich Month! Choose your meat, sauce and topping for a truly personalized meal at Mayhem & Stout. Popular combinations include Braised Pork Shoulder, Dragon Sauce and Spicy Slaw and Brisket, Blueberry Sriracha and Pickley Onion. They offer one of our favorite brisket sandwiches in NYC, so you don’t want to miss this opening!
New England Roll, Joe Allen
For a real taste of the sea, head to Joe Allen in Midtown for their New England Roll stuffed with Crab and Maine Lobster, with lemon aioli, celery, paprika and served with house made potato chips. Sure, you could have a lobster roll or a crab sandwich, but why not have both at once?
Phi Kappa Slamma, Fletcher's Brooklyn Barbecue
The Phi Kappa Slamma is fit for a hungry frat boy – or a city guy or gal with a big appetite. Sliced brisket, brisket chili, cheese sauce, pickled jalapeño salsa, red onion and crushed tortilla chips make up this indulgent sandwich. Other sandwiches not to miss are Fatty Patty with sweet sausage meat mixed with peppers, onions and sun dried tomatoes, topped with spicy ketchup, dill pickle relish and provolone cheese and Smoked Tri-Tip with garlic scape aioli, arugula and asiago cheese.
Rice Krispies Ice Cream Sandwich, Treat House
Treat House, the first-ever crisped rice treats emporium with unique flavors, is opening its first location on the Upper West Side on August 6th. Treat House will be offering ice cream sandwiches for a new way to enjoy dessert, with artisan ice cream sandwiched in between two crisped rice treats. The concept was started by Chris Russell, the former chef at the legendary Moomba, and his wife Jennifer. This sandwich is even sweeter as ten cents of every treat purchased will be donated to the Food Bank For New York City.
Pho Real, Sunny & Annies Deli
This unassuming corner bodega on Avenue B offers some of the best – and most unique – sandwiches in the city. They’re also one of our favorite cheap eats in the East Village. Sunny and Annie’s has a long list of sandwiches with gourmet ingredients from kimchee to cilantro available at their small deli counter. The Pho Real (fresh sliced Boar’s Head roast beef, basil, cilantro, sprouts, tomato, avocado, spicy sriracha and sweet hoisin) captures the essence of the popular Vietnamese noodle soup in sandwich form. For a sweet, creamy and spicy kick, order the Kimchee Sandwich (roast beef, turkey, or barbecue chicken with hot Korean pickle, Napa cabbage, cheddar, lettuce, tomato and Russian dressing) on a hero.
Avo Smash, Bluestone Lane
Bluestone Lane, a purveyor of premium coffee culture, has entered the NYC coffee scene with two new locations in Midtown and the Financial District. Inspired by the café culture of Melbourne, Australia, Bluestone Lane combines world-class baristas obsessed with coffee and delicious food items for the perfect pairing. The Avo Smash is a healthy, non-traditional sandwich, that serves as a signature dish in Melbourne. Bluestone Lane scoops out an avocado into a bowl, squeezes lemon and lime juice, adds a touch of salt and pepper, and mixes ever so slightly before scooping the mixture onto a piece of Multigrain or Gluten free toast from Balthazar Bakery and seasoned with chilli flakes and olive oil.
Sea Urchin Sandwich, ALDEA
At ALDEA, chef George Mendes offers a Sea Urchin Sandwich on the lunch menu, served open-faced with tomatoes, soy and shiso leaf. The sweet and briny flavor may seem like an acquired tasted to some, but there are many Uni lovers in the city. From Japanese to seafood restaurants, sea urchin is a sought after ingredient.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.