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Great sandwich at 'Wichcraft

Foodboy Dec 26, 2006 10:32 PM

I had a great lunch at 'Wichcraft (8th Street location) today: The slow roasted pork on a caibatta roll. It was so delicious --all the ingredients just worked and it was worth the rather lengthy wait and somewhat high price. But that's what seperates a good snadwich from a great one. Does anyone have any other great sandwich places to recommend? Or other 'Wichcraft chioces to try?

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    chowNYC RE: Foodboy Dec 26, 2006 11:03 PM

    They're expensive but the sandwiches at Starwich are amazing. I used to live by the 42nd and 10th Avenue one, but there are others around the city (53rd/Lex and 38th/6th are two others I know about). There is a filet mignon sandwich with caramelized onions and a garlicky spread that is heavenly - crusty bread, warm steak and sweet onions are just a perfect blend (though ask them to go easy on the aioli as sometimes it may make the bread too soggy).

    Lots of made to order choices - also if you like tomato soup and grilled cheese, they have a soup with the sandwich already cut up in the soup. The soup is almost spaghetti sauce thick but rich, a bit spicy, and definitely filling!

    1. guttergourmet RE: Foodboy Dec 26, 2006 11:44 PM

      Try the Fontina and truffled mushrooms. Better is Despana and Bread.

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        drod RE: guttergourmet Dec 27, 2006 02:15 PM

        Would totally vouch for the Fontina and truffled mushrooms!

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          guttergourmet RE: drod Dec 27, 2006 10:05 PM

          technically black trumpet mushrooms with truffle oil, I think.

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          Desidero RE: guttergourmet Dec 27, 2006 10:08 PM

          Stopped by Despana recently and was very intrigued by their bocadillos. Do any of the bocadillos stand out at Despana?

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            guttergourmet RE: Desidero Dec 28, 2006 06:53 PM

            All of them are great-serrano and cabrales; sobrasada; chorizo and manchego; lomo and honey-can't remember all the combos but they're all great.

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          asdf RE: Foodboy Dec 27, 2006 07:31 AM

          I was very underwhelmed by my roast pork sandwich at the Bryant Park kiosk - which I settled on only after they'd run out of my 1st choice pastrami and 2nd choice roast beef. Definitely not worth $10, and this after I'd asked for their suggestion and received the open-ended answer "Everything is good/popular on our menu, etc etc."

          Is their Bryant Park location naturally less superior than their actual in-store locations? Maybe they deserve another go..

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            Kanger RE: asdf Dec 27, 2006 08:33 AM

            I also had the roast pork at the Bryant Park kiosk and was pretty disappointed with it. As for other choices, I like the fontina and trumpet mushrooms, the pastrami, and the marinated anchovies with soft-cooked egg.

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            G4Gluttony RE: Foodboy Dec 28, 2006 12:19 AM

            I had a great Pork Loin sandwich recently at Market Cafe (9th Ave & 37th). It is served with smoked mozzarella and bread & butter pickles on toasted white country bread. Outstanding!

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              bt31 RE: Foodboy Dec 28, 2006 04:08 AM

              Mangia (57th bwteen 5th and 6th) is great sandwich fare...

              1. guttergourmet RE: Foodboy Dec 28, 2006 06:53 PM

                Had a decent croque monsieur at Dishes. Their other sandwiches look interesting.

                1. guttergourmet RE: Foodboy Nov 21, 2007 03:35 PM

                  Mrs. GG is addicted to 'Wichcraft and I join her occasionally. Best 3 sandwiches are 1.the fontina and black trumpet mushrooms with truffle oil; 2. the bacon, frisee, fried egg and gorgonzola ( a favorite of Roadfood's Jane and Michael Stern); and 3. gruyere and caramelized onions. I recently tried the latter for the first time and it was like having an onion soup sandwich! Delicious.

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                    Eddie H. RE: guttergourmet Nov 22, 2007 06:54 PM

                    I agree on the bacon, frisee, fried egg, and gorgonzola; it is too die for.


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                      tpigeon RE: Eddie H. Nov 22, 2007 07:21 PM

                      Yup, I can't order anything else when I am there except when I am eating more than one sandwich.

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                        LRS RE: tpigeon Nov 22, 2007 07:31 PM

                        i have to say that i find the sandwiches at wichcraft VERY poor and expensive, especially the pork ones. i had the sandwich this thread describes when that location opened and i found it very mediocre, so I never went back. I buy products regularly at DespaƱa but i havent tried their sandwiches, i will try them very soon...

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                          guttergourmet RE: LRS Nov 23, 2007 03:31 AM

                          Despana is a whole different league. try the lomo bocadilla. In fact, I even prefer Bread to 'Wichcraft but you can't always get what you want.

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                      kathryn RE: guttergourmet Nov 23, 2007 09:47 AM

                      I'm with you on #2 and #3. And, 'wichcraft delivers. For a while I'd get the bacon/egg sandwich as my breakfast on Saturdays, with some nice freshly squeezed OJ.

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                      sherrisparaga RE: Foodboy Nov 24, 2007 04:52 PM

                      Love WichCraft. Their chickpea sandwich is incredible when they press it. Also, their carrot soup with vanilla oil is to die for.

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                        maxine RE: Foodboy Nov 25, 2007 07:00 AM

                        I go to the Witchcraft on 8th too and I love the meatloaf sandwich. It is served with cheddar cheese, roasted tomatoes and bacon. And although the bacon is great, I have discovered that I like it even better without the bacon! You get to taste the meatloaf more (and the guilt factor is lower) a great hangover lunch (hmm, idea).

                        I also like the grilled cheddar with apple, and the turkey with bacon and avocado.

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                          feast RE: Foodboy Nov 26, 2007 10:17 PM

                          I highly recommend the Super Heeb Sandwich at Russ & Daughters. Amazing.

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                            Eddie H. RE: Foodboy Nov 27, 2007 04:32 AM

                            My favorite sandwich places are D'espana, Alidoro on Sullivan St., and Sullivan St. Bakery. They all use great bread and have the perfect ratio of tasty fillings to bread.


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                              plainestjane RE: Foodboy Nov 27, 2007 01:37 PM

                              My favorite thing to do at wichcraft is to get any of the sandwiches on greens (instant salad!), especially with the chicken/pesto/roasted pepper combo. It's something that isn't on the menu but they'll know what you're talking about behind the counter. Only problem is their only dressing is a buttery lemon. Doesn't really go well with any of their choices.

                              1. guttergourmet RE: Foodboy Jul 21, 2008 11:05 AM

                                Sign of the times. They discontinued the fontina, black mushroom and truffle oil (too expensive) and substituted a pork loin tonnato sandwich which is very good if you need a quick tonnato fix.

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                                  guttergourmet RE: guttergourmet Dec 14, 2008 04:41 AM

                                  Thanks to Time Out Magazine I tried the anchovy, soft egg, frisee, caramalized onion on country bread--basically a salad nicoise substituting the marinated anchovies for the tuna-absolutely delicious!

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                                  silencespeak RE: Foodboy Dec 14, 2008 05:45 AM

                                  Porchetta on 7th btw 1st and A. mm just got ranked #1 on TimeOut's 100 best things we ate this year. I can vouch, though I prefer their pork/veggies plate cause I can stay healthy (woo). But the sandwich is great. It's small inside, but it doesn't look like anybody cares, since the food is good.

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