So today I was putting together a “hit list” of cheap restaurants to hit around my new apartment in the Nolita, Chinatown, Little Italy, and SoHo neighborhoods. A 100+ year old bakery/sandwich shop around the corner caught my eye so it jumped to the top of the list ahead of the Asian fare that beckons me from the south. First of all the space is tiny and after craning my neck to find the sandwich list it is in fact a simple laminated piece of paper taped up in front of the counter. The sandwich that brought me through the door..
…was alas not listed, nevertheless I thought to myself, what’s the harm in asking. So I managed to mutter (in the NY accent I’ve been perfecting all week) “Can ya do a Dennis?” The man behind the counter, who came to deserve the honorific title of simply “The Man”, looked down, recited the name of the sandwich again to himself (as if to prepare) and got to work. A baguette the likes of which I haven’t experienced outside of a French bakery was deftly sliced and piled with layer after layer of freshly sliced prosciutto and dripping wet mozzarella, next came pesto and balsamic goodness that I hadn’t anticipated. What happened after that is anyone’s guess as The Man ran in to the back with an already lusty treat that would drop Giada DeLaurentiis’ panties in a heartbeat. When he comes back the chicken cutlets have magically appeared underneath the ham with tomatos on top of the moz. This thing was seriously frickin huge at this point, so I had to almost stop myself from laughing when The Man asked me “anything else”. No sir - baguette, chicken cutlets, prosciutto, fresh mozarella, tomatoes, pesto, and balsamic - I think that about does it. I hand him $9 and he hands me what feels like a brick in a brown bag, no joke this thing comes in at no less than 3lbs. If I wasn’t already as soon as I turn the corner, I become the coolest guy on my block, noone’s got what i got. I’m packin str8 heat son. Enjoyed on the fire escape while listening to this -
Here’s another track i think of whenever I eat a sandwich -
and its great remix -