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We ran across a new food truck at one of the usual food truck spots in Midtown, but they aren’t new to the business. The Sandwich Bar Express truck has locations in Jersey City, Hoboken and Newark, as well as NYC.
Upon further investigation, this appears to be where they park the truck, not physical locations. The truck seems to have been around for at least a little while, but we were told this was their first day parked on 52nd St just west of 6th Ave.
They told us their most popular dish is the Chipotle BBQ Turkey sandwich, but we’ve had a BBQ sandwich just last week. For our first visit to the Sandwich Bar Express, we got the fried chicken sandwich, called the “Finger Licking Good” on the menu (how original) for $10.
The “Finger Licking Good” is made with buttermilk fried chicken, house-made slaw, pickles and ranch dressing on a Hawaiian roll. It doesn’t say on the menu, but lunch also came with a small order of fries on the side.
Maybe it was the buttermilk or the brine, but the buttermilk fried chicken had a strange consistency. It wasn’t bad per se, but was firmer than we’re used to when biting and chewing fried chicken breast. The breading tasted good, but it wasn’t crispy, as it should be with fried chicken.
We heard them tell someone who ordered after us they just ran out of slaw for the sandwiches. They didn’t say that to us, but unsurprisingly, there was no slaw on the sandwich. Instead, there were pickle slices that were so plain, they were more like cucumber slices. Once again, not bad, but it could be better. Dill pickle slices would have added to the overall flavor of the sandwich.
The best part of the sandwich was the Hawaiian roll. Nice touch putting buttermilk fried chicken on a sweet, Hawaiian roll, but when the best part of a sandwich is the roll, that’s not a great recommendation.
The fries had a little bit of melted cheese and chopped Italian parsley on them. We wouldn’t call them cheese fries, but the little bit of cheese was a welcome addition to the fries that we had no idea were coming with the sandwich.
Our first visit to Sandwich Bar Express wasn’t great, but it wasn’t terrible. We’ll have to go back and try a few other things before getting to yea or nay on this new-to-midtown food truck.
The Chorizo a la Plancha looks like an interesting lunch to try next time. Let us know if you’ve tried it.