I was walking home from getting my hair cut in Hell’s Kitchen and found myself in front of City Sandwich, at 45th and 9th. Since it boasted fresh ingredients and such, I decided to forgo my previous plan of ordering mediocre sushi for dinner.
The owner came over as I was perusing the menu and offered some suggestions. Everything looked interesting and yummy. I decided to go for one called “Todd”- smoked Portuguese pancetta, seasonal lettuce, tomato, and honey Dijon yogurt sauce. It’s a Portuguese BLT of sorts.
While my “Todd” was being prepared, the owner, Chef Guerrieri told me about how he works with the Portuguese community in Queens - hence all the Portuguese influnences on hid menu. He also insisted that I try a bit of the sandwich before I took my BLT to go and tell him what I thought.
I did, and wow…it was incredible. The bread was crusty on the outside and chewy on the inside. The pancetta is as good as the kind from Eataly. It’s topped with astringent arugula and this awesome yogurt sauce that tastes like an aioli - except it’s apparently fat free.
I decided that such a sandwich deserves a bottle of decent wine, and the wine store guy at Grace’s recommended this pinot.
And now I’m off to get boozy and enjoy this awesome sandwich…Thanks, Chef Guerrieri!