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Aug 15, 2005 09:42 AM

Tempo Presto

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had the roast beef with cheddar last night before the storm...

great, great sandwich. thinly sliced roast beef, spicy yet sweet bermuda onions, great cheddar, on a toasted baguette.

i think im gonna order the cold sandwiches to go and just take them to work. beats the hell of options here in midtown.

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  1. I wholly agree. Does anyone know what time they officially open? It seems to be a nebulous time as sometimes I go by and they are open, sometimes not. I've tried to dally in the morning so I can get a sandwich before heading to work but that is hit or miss.

    For cold sandwiches I love the tuna/beans and the chicken/avocado. The red velvet cupcakes are to die for as well.

    It costs less for me to get a fresh sandwich from Tempo Presto than get lunch at some lousy Midtown McDonald's.

    4 Replies
    1. re: Erin B.

      you think the cold sandwiches will keep if i buy them the night before?

      1. re: sam

        I kept the chicken/avocado overnight and it was still very good the next day, no soggy bread. I think the key is to not get one with sauce on it. The ingredients they use are flavorful enough without needing extra condiments, I'd simply pick one that doesn't have tomato sauce or mustard. The buffalo chicken is tasty but a bad overnight sandwich.

        1. re: Erin B.

          Why not just ask for the sauce on the side then sauce it up when you get to work the next day?

        2. re: sam

          I ordered the broccoli rabe for lunch yesterday and the sandwhich was so big, I ended up taking the second half for lunch today. The sandwhich was outstanding both days - today the garlic really came through. No vampires will be bothering me here! (And none of my officemates will be bothering me either!)

      2. Ordered from Presto for the first time this weekend and had the food delivered to the Gate. Perfect drinks/light dinner combination and Tempo is so close to the bar that delivery is not even necessary. The group was impressed with the quality and flavors of the sandwiches.

        What we had:
        Lamb sausage on brioche bun
        Turkey w/pecan stuffing

        I don't think you can go wrong with any of the choices and that chipotle potato salad was a big hit. Loved it and can't wait to order again!

        1. i'm loving tempo presto! a&s next door makes some great sandwiches, but they're so slow sometimes....

          the buffalo chicken has been my favorite so far. the homemade "oreos" and "nutter butters" are fantastic too.

          1. i had the mr. crunch last night for dinner...its like an italian croque monsieur. the bread is fantastic as well as the cheese...wish there was more meat but it was good and worth it. i prefer the roast beef though.

            the nutter butter cookie is great and so is the potato salad.

            this place is such a keeper.

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            1. re: sam

              I had the Mr. Crunch a couple of weeks ago. It's a nice sandwich but nothing life changing. Pricey for what you get, or rather, how little you get. $2 more expensive than it should be.

              Ditto the merguez sausage sandwich. Nice, but slightly overpriced. Call it the Park Slope Luxury Tax.

            2. tried it last night.... brocolli rabe and tuna nicoise sandwich and the fusilli salad. the salad was eh, a bit too flowery for my taste. but the sandwiches were great. loved the tuna option without the usual mayo glop. and brocolli rabe and mozzarella - ymmm! how could it be otherwise? perfect dinner option while waiting for my clothes to dry at the laundromat :)

              and for those who are saying it is too expensive.... my partner and i got two sandwiches, salad, and brownie for about $21 bucks. how is that expensive for a takeout dinner???? i never understand this oft repeated sentiment (about tempo presto and other places as well).

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              1. re: chowdown

                "my partner and i got two sandwiches, salad, and brownie for about $21 bucks. how is that expensive for a takeout dinner????"

                Those sandwiches are smallish, better suited to a light lunch. If your appetite isn't big then I guess they'd work perfectly.

                1. re: Bob Martinez

                  Agreed - I found the sandwiches on the small side, particularly the muffaletta (I thought they were supposed to be really big - saw some PBS special on them). They could drop $1-2. That said, they sure are yummy.