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New Sandwich joint in White Plains, MELT, anyone try?

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Was at Good to Go picking up lunch today, noticed next door a new place where the bagel shop was (277 Mamaroneck Ave) called Melt Sandwich Shop, went in, nice decor, sort of a mini version of COSI looks wise. Didnt try it as I had already bought my lunch but its a unique place in that you pick your bread, 1 of about a dozen "smokes and roasts" meats (pulled porkt, smoked turky, pastrami, aged top round and others) and then you can pick any one of a dozen combination toppings like the "french onion" or the "Philly" etc... Then it looks like they grill the sandwich for you to "melt" the cheese. It looked yummy. I grabbed a take out menu (which is why I have these details for you). They also have grilled flatbread pizza.

Has anyone taken one for the team? I plan to try it this week so I will report back shortly.

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  1. That was a rather fast turn around-Store front was still covered last week IIRC. Which made me wonder what was moving into location.
    Thanks for the up-date.

    1. Stopped there today, half our office ordered so we got to do a good sampling. Flat bread is made fresh right on the grill and was chewy and tasty. I had the roast turkey with bacon cheddar and chipotle remoulade and I was very happy. One had the flat bread grilled pizza and was impressed. other sandwiches were a corned beef reuben, turkey cuban and top round "melt mac" sandwiches are assembled and put under a broiler to melt the cheese. Overall very nice, there are options for heros or basic rolls too, the hero looked substantial, may need to try that next time.

      Bottom line: Still working out the kinks but not terrible at all, owner/chef has one guy on the line with him probably needs 2. Taste was very good and very fresh. He is most likely underpricing what you get which is good for customers currently.

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      1. re: bonacbub

        Are there any low fat options?

      2. Went to MELT yesterday after recommendations from here and from people in my office. WOW!!! It was hard to choose, but I had grilled salmon--freshly grilled after I made my order--on a "short" which is a delicious soft roll. Chose the "mango" option, which was fresh chopped mango, red onion, cilantro, jalapeno. All for $6.

        For those who asked, there are choices of sandwiches, pizzas, and salads. Half servings of each kind of salad are available for $3. For sandwiches, you choose a meat/fish filling (change daily), then one of about 12 outers, all of which look wonderful. There were 8 or so pizza options, all of which I wanted to get. Pizzas were $8 each. Most "short" sandwiches are $5, flatbread ones are $7, and longs are $8. Not sure how long they can keep the prices this low, so don't complain if they do end up raising them; it will still be a great value.

        Coffee is $1 for a regular size cup. Apparently they also do breakfast.

        This is at the end of Mamaroneck Ave. fairly close to where Bloomingdale Road splits off, so it's relatively easy to get parking on the street. There are a few tables, so you don't have to just do take out.

        Open until 6 p.m. weekdays, 3 p.m. Saturdays.

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        1. re: Elisa515

          went back again today, tried the bbq pulled pork with the "philly" combo (cheese whiz and grilled onions) YUM!! They added a third person to the line so it moves faster now.

        2. Went yesterday and got the pulled pork grilled pizza talked about/pictured in the linked LoHud article. It was exceptional and a great value for the money at $8.00. I'm amazed how streamlined/efficient/neat & clean this place is. I cannot wait to go back and try more but I will probably bobsess :o) over the pulled pork pizza for a least a few more visits.

          http://lizjohnson.lohudblogs.com/2009...

          1. Melt is delicious. Best $5 sandwich I've every had. I've been there twice and once got the roast beef with cheesesteak toppings and I also got the pork loin with spicy mexican toppings. All the meat is homemade and the topping do not cost extra. I want to try one of their grilled pizzas, but I think next time I'm getting the BBQ pork. I reccomend it to everyone, plus you can sit outside.

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            1. re: randomdude

              Just came back after having lunch at Melt.

              Salads $5. Sandwiches between $5 and $8. Pick the size, pick the main, then choose the toppings from a list of combos. I had the pulled pork sandwich. Very moist! I watched as some of the other sandwiches were prepared. Everything looked good. Even the eggs/cheese combo (at $2.50) looked good, in a way they I haven't seen this prepared before.
              Dare I say gourmet at a price. Looks like this place is a winner (for a change). My sandwich was delicious. I'm glad I'm home doing work next week!!

              Friendly staff. The Chef reminded me of Phillip at the Iron Horse.

            2. Another thumbs up to this place. The owners are extremely friendly, but most importantly, the pulled pork is to die for, especially with the chipotle remoulade (can't for the life of me remember the melt topping - cheddar melt maybe?) Although I wasn't too excited about 'another' sandwich shop in WP with all the bar food and subway type chains we already have, this place is by far several calibers above the rest. Let's hope they stay true to the food.

              1. Does the same guy who used to own Melt in Jersey City a few years go own this one? It was the same name and same concept, well minus the meat.

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                1. re: legendarystarbolt

                  Names mean very little to nothing. There are 2? 3? "Blues" in Westchester that have nothing to do with each other

                  And in this case, the owner is from Mystic, CT. I had a nice little talk with him this AM. Was too early for lunch so had an egg sandwish. Was nice-not sure if it was any better than my local Deli or what I would make.

                  Will get down there some time for lunch. Or perhaps for an early dinner or take out.

                2. sounds awesome - are they open on the weekends as well or is it strictly a work lunch place?

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                  1. re: KarenNYC

                    KarenNYC-Per my posting above yours I was there this morning.
                    Hours are Monday-Friday 8 AM- 6 PM
                    Saturday 8 AM- 3 PM

                  2. FYI/BTB: Web site is www.meltsandwich.com

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                    1. re: Jon1856

                      had lunch there today. Bottom line is no-joke great! Coffee rubbed brisket philly style and pulled pork cuban style--BRILLIANTsandwiches and nice & quick service. Well done!

                    2. I have been to Melt about 3 times now and all I can say is... AMAZING! I forgot that they had opened after my wife told me who works down the street and stopped in the other day as I was driving by. Had the char grilled chicken with the melt mac combo. It was absolutely delicious. Have also stopped in to get the pulled pork BBQ style and it was fantastic. Their BBQ sauce is really quite something and the pulled pork was very impressive!! Definitely a place I will be visiting often, especially at $5 a sandwich (beats the $10+ a sandwich I spend down the street)

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                      1. re: ycrazyy

                        Same for me. Had lunch twice. Finally had a breakfast sandwich to die for this morning. The freshly grated cheese (think the type you see them put on at a pizza place) is mixed in with the eggs. It had a nice stringy consistency, not to mention tasty.

                        Today, I took my daughter for lunch. I had the pizza. Please cut the pizza all the way through. I needed a knife to cut it when I got back home. I wish the crust was a little bit crustier. It didn't have a crunch when I bit into it. The crust was soft. To look at the pizza, the crust looked better than it tasted. Oh well. I'll stick to the delicious sandwiches instead of pizza.

                        My daughter had the Greek salad. Her only suggestion is that she wished some of the larger pieces were cut up a little bit. She's the salad expert, not me.

                        MELT is going to put a lot of people out of business. Cheap and delicious!!

                        1. re: dhammer53

                          maybe the steam from the to-go box made the crust soggy? Agree fully, The other places in the area should stop and take note. good food, fair price & friendly service. enough said!

                      2. had a late luch there today,pulled pork, with spicy topping-greenchiles onions and cheddar, what a mess but sooo good. looks like they are off to a good start . if westchester does not flock to this place ppl are crazy

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                        1. re: rich51

                          Have enjoyed everything I've ordered so far. Big fan of the flat bread (homemade) as opposed to the short and long rolls (not homemade). As for the comment on the pizzas being a little softer and chewier than usual, I think that's fair, but I really like them that way. The pulled pork pizza might've been one of the best pizzas I've ever eaten. And yes, the service has been phenomenally friendly. Big fan - hope they can keep up the good work!

                          http://sharon-thegoodlife.blogspot.com/

                        2. Had the flatbread with BBQ pulled pork and "The Spicy" (green chile, red onions, and white cheddar) toppings and it was phenomenal. All for only $7. And the owner (who was working the grill) could not have been nicer. Love this place

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                          1. re: wpfoodie

                            For a change of pace, I ordered the grilled salmon (with mushrooms and onions) today for lunch. Another winner!
                            I just may put them to the test by ordering a burger later this week.

                            1. re: dhammer53

                              Don't get the roast turkey. My first time and it was so dry. I will try them another time and get something else, though.

                              1. re: wincountrygirl

                                What preparation did you get it with? Shocking...

                                1. re: cubanat

                                  I got the BLT - smoked applewood bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo. Should have gotten the flat bread. There was plenty of may but the turkey itself was so dry.

                                  1. re: wincountrygirl

                                    That is to bad for it sounds like it should have been a darn good sandwich. At least you know they are cooking it and not using crappy processed junk...

                                    1. re: cubanat

                                      I thought it sounded good, but the turkey not only was dry, it had a strange texture. They put it under the salamander even though it had no cheese so I'm thinking that may have dried the turkey out more. The roll was pretty bad, too.

                                  2. re: cubanat

                                    IMVHO/POV this (as shown by rest of this sub-thread) is NOT shocking at all.
                                    Just shows/proves a few things that seem to be forgotten about:
                                    1) That any restauant, be it new or old, can have an off day in either front or back end. Or just produce a "bad/poor" meal/product at any given time for any given reason.
                                    2) That any customer can have, for any given reason, a "bad/poor" dinnng experience.

                                    Wincountrygirl-Did you say anything to anyone there about this problem while you were there?

                                    1. re: Jon1856

                                      Jon - no,I took the sandwich back to work with me, so as I did not eat it there I did not say anything. I will give them another try based on the good feedback here,though. Perhaps roast turkey is no their thing!

                                      1. re: wincountrygirl

                                        I had the roast turkey as part of my breakfast there. Was just fine that day.

                                        1. re: Jon1856

                                          Went over the weekend with some picky eaters and we were all very happy with our sandwiches. I had the mushroom melt with beef. They cooked the beef well-done to my specifications and I had it on flat bread. It was delicious. My companions had cheesesteak. One thought it was too onion-y, but I tasted the onions, they were nice and sweet. The other one gobbled down a large chicken cheesesteak like there was no tomorrow. We will be back.

                                          1. re: Dim Sum Diva

                                            Just had a half a flatbread pulled pork with the "bbq prep" straight out of the fridge and it was amazing. Dang that bread is good even cold!

                                            1. re: cubanat

                                              Next time I will try the flat bread

                                              1. re: wincountrygirl

                                                I had the rolls (short) before this and they were great! But with pulled pork & brisket smothered in gooey goodness so I guess broiled white meat turkey is not the way to go...try them again. I have not had the "long" yet. Next visit.

                                                1. re: cubanat

                                                  consider trying the grilled pizza. i have yet to even get to try the sandwiches because I haven't gotten past my (b)obsession with the grilled pizzas.

                                                  1. re: BlueSoup

                                                    Yeah, the whole menu is stellar, but I can't seem to shake this jones for the pulled pork bbq pizza. (And at $7, why should I?)
                                                    I'm no shiller, I'm just turning into a Melt groupie.

                                                  2. re: cubanat

                                                    The short roll I had was just a regular kaiser roll and it was ok - not my definition of good bread. Friends at work went yesterday and had the brisket with au jus and the other had brisket and bbq, both on flatbread and they are in love, so I will give them another try and skip the turkey and the short roll!! Maybe try the pizza, too.

                                                    1. re: wincountrygirl

                                                      wincountrygirl, I think that's valid. I've had the short roll too and wasn't over-the-moon impressed. It's not homemade, and neither is the long roll. Definitely try the flatbread and any of the pizza. I think you'll have a different experience.

                              2. Lord help me...whole wheat flat bread with mustard & rosemary pork loin. Thanks Mr. Melt.

                                1. We have a winner folks, I've been a dozen times since my original post on this place and each time something new and always delicious. They even added a third to the line to speed processing, well done IMO!!
                                  My new best bang for the buck in the area!

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                                  1. re: bonacbub

                                    I was there over the weekend; my first lunch and second visit.
                                    And it confirmed several things that I saw and experienced my first time.
                                    For the good news:
                                    Yes, the owner and help are very friendly. And the product is a bit different and fresher than most if not all other area sandwich places. I had the long bread, brisket and mango and I found it good and tasty.

                                    However, they have a problem (and the owner is well aware of it) that adding people to operation is not going to help. It is space/size. And it has a great deal of impact on both front of house and back of house operations.

                                    They have very limited sitting inside and are very dependent on good weather to make use of out door seating area. And given the weather we have had this summer, outside is not very dependable for usage. Thus seeming making most of business take out.

                                    The owner has several of his own ovens in storage at the moment as he can not fit them into current space at all.
                                    He needs some sort of oven system and is looking at alternatives.

                                    There were about 2-3 orders ahead of mine so I was able to watch and observe the production line.
                                    It is very inefficient and causes delays in food production and service. When I was there I saw four people working back behind counter: Order taker, cashier/oven watcher, Owner/Chef, and an assistant Chef. At any given time at least two if not three of them were in contact with each other.

                                    The work line is way too small and way too close to cooking area to efficiently work in. Which causes delays of all sorts.
                                    And while this a better level of "fast food" and bit more customized, reading other threads here many CH'ers do not enjoy waiting for "fast food" let alone any other food.

                                    Obvious answer would be to either expand or find another location. Which does incur more costs and expenses.
                                    And a need for more product and service. Which in turn could have an impact on quality among other matters.

                                    So over-all, it is a very nice place, something different and something rather nice to have in the area.
                                    However, success could hurt it.

                                    1. re: Jon1856

                                      They probably had no clue they would be so popular so fast. There was a small deli there before them.

                                      1. re: kaaaassss

                                        Most likely very true kaaaassss..
                                        Or it was just a good space, an availble space, a good financail deal or any other posibility.
                                        And now rather than having a place to grow into....
                                        Some times having a line out the door may not/could not be a good thing

                                        1. re: Jon1856

                                          I agree. White Plains is starved for this type of good quick food/good priced food that they are going to be swamped. Hope they work out hte kinks and can find a way to grow. There are lots of empty spaces on Mamaraneck Avenue right now.

                                      2. re: Jon1856

                                        I work odd hours and am not limited to the noon lunch hour so this may sound odd but I for one don't mind waiting for anything of this caliber/quality. I went there this morning and had a phenominal bacon, egg & cheese and there was no one in there but me. I still waited 4 minutes or so becasue my sandwich was made to order. People that get annoyed at waiting a few minutes for a sandwich at a shop that is putting out great food can go to Wendy's. The Slow Foods movement is gaining traction for a reason. People will wait if the food is good. If it's bad food then it's not worth waiting for.

                                        1. re: cubanat

                                          I second the phenominal egg & cheese sandwich for breakfast. The coffee was just ok. For lunch, the flatbread is definitely better that the short/long roll. The flatbread pizzas are great.

                                          1. re: cubanat

                                            Let's be careful not to suggest this place has "slow food".

                                            Anyone who'd prefer not to wait is welcome to call or fax an order, then just stop by to pick it up. If you go that route, you might want to figure out how to prepay to save even more time.

                                            1. re: cubanat

                                              Seems to be, at the very least, a reach to say that this restaurant is part of The Slow Foods movement:
                                              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slow_Food

                                              Yes, they do get eggs from local farms but the rest.....

                                              1. re: Jon1856

                                                it may not meet all the criteria of setting up a chapter of slow food but that was not my point. the fact is that they are putting out good quality food. period. i for one will wait for it without bitching and moaning that they are not as quick as every other deli slinging boars head over the counter to the masses.

                                                1. re: cubanat

                                                  Please take the time to re-read/review my OP. I said nothing bad about their food quality at all. In fact I thought lunch was good.
                                                  I just pointed out my observations of the operations of the location.
                                                  And, truth be told, judging from other CH's posting in other threads, you may be the rare person without any problem waiting for what does amount to be fast food. Higher quality perhaps, but still a fast food sandwich.
                                                  The space works if there are very few people there. Any kind of rush/crowd, food prep and handling becomes very ineff.

                                                  1. re: Jon1856

                                                    I got what you were saying, Jon1856, and thought you made a valid point - something I thought/worried about as well after my first visit. Waiting on a small line: no problem, and well worth the wait. But if this place catches on like it is already doing (and as it should given the high-caliber of food they're putting out), there could be efficiency problems down the road. It sounds like they're aware of space problems, and hopefully they'll be addressing them.

                                                    I think everyone wants to see this place succeed.

                                                    http://sharon-thegoodlife.blogspot.com/

                                                    1. re: SharonNY

                                                      Thank you Sharon for you kind words.
                                                      And enjoy ME-keep an eye out for a very good, home made pie place on the left side of road-a rather small house with great pies.

                                                      1. re: Jon1856

                                                        is there somewhere to sit?

                                                        1. re: yeshana

                                                          Inside: Rather limited. Perhaps 4-5 tables IIRC.
                                                          Outside-IF weather is good-more.

                                        2. Had the a short (small?) top round beef italian style the other day and thought it was delicious. Fresh broccoli raab, oven roasted tomatoes, and provalone, with a nice vinaigrette dressing. I thought that the flavors blended nicely, the roll handled the juice and vinagrette well with little dripping, and a good value for food of this quality. I went at 3pm so it was quiet and I did not have to wait very long, but I could see how at lunch time it could be hectic with people waiting to order and pick up, as well as the limited seating. I wish them well - we need more good places like this in the area!!

                                          1. My husband and I had lunch there yesterday, rather late in the afternoon (around 2:00). A very nice woman manned the cash register, there were 3 men behind the counter. Several customers already waiting for their orders. Agree with Jon1856 that service line is inefficient - had ordered the brisket, only to be told 10 minutes later that they were out of it. However, enjoyed the pulled pork cuban style on flatbread (although there was way too much mustard in it), and hubbie had the top round with bacon, chipolte mayo and I don't remember what else. Definitely a value at $7 apiece. Ate outside at the tables - must say that I don't know how people could each the sandwiches on ordinary white and wheat bread from the deli next door when they could have had a freshly roasted sandwich instead! Will definitely try again (and get there earlier for the brisket!) - but am wary of how long the wait would be during peak lunch hour.

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                                            1. re: Retrokitch

                                              If you're worried about waiting, call ahead with your order. I did that a couple weeks ago because I was going at peak lunch time--salads and sandwiches were ready by the time I got to WP (20 minutes after I left home).

                                              1. re: Elisa515

                                                I went back for breakfast last week (reported above). This time I took a friend that was in from LA. My friend and the owner were talking about LA. Seems he came from LA. Ah. No wonder the unique 'concept'.
                                                Looks like larger quarters are on the horizon, same for additional locations.

                                                Today I ordered the pastrami. As any New Yorker will tell you, pastrami and corned beef are things you stay away from unless you're at Katz's deli. After hearing how the pastrami is prepared here, I just had to order it... but with what topping? The cuban was recommended. Ok. I'll try the cuban (fresh homemade pickles <for another topic>, dijon mustard and cheese. Great flavor, but next time I'm ordering the perfectly red, and delicious pastrami, without any of the toppings. Why ruin perfection.

                                                I'm a little concerned about my multiple positive posts here. I'd hate to 'ruin' a good thing. From now on, no more sharing. Looks like the word is out.

                                            2. I have coffee most mornings and lunch occasionally at Melt. The idea is long overdue. the food is quite good. The prices are reasonable. The owners bend over backward to accommodate customers. I can recommend Melt wholeheartedly. White Plains needs more congenial places like this one.

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                                              1. re: greenlj

                                                Ditto to that sentiment....

                                                I have been to Melt several times for lunch and every combination I have tried has been very good. Plus they have Boylan's seltzer...the Champagne of seltzers. I would absolutely take my closest friends and family for an excellent sandwich.

                                                Also...dhammer...why stay away from Pastrami or Corned Beef? There are many excellent producers in the area. I personally have not had Melt's Corned Beef or Pastrami but can think of several delis that make an excellent product.

                                                1. re: rifkind81

                                                  IMHO the corned beef/pastrami you get in a kosher deli are light years better than non-kosher deli type.

                                                  1. re: wincountrygirl

                                                    The corned beef/pastrami in the deli on Quaker Ridge is outstanding.

                                                    I don't know if it's kosher, but it is outstanding, and expensive.