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Merguez sausage sandwich on Steinway in Astoria?

bennyt Aug 31, 2010 03:53 PM

I remember years ago hearing about a Moroccan place on Steinway that was known for merguez on a baguette. I think I caught one split second of an Anthony Bourdain show in which he was at that same place.
Anyway, can anyone enlighten me? Where am I getting this fabled merguez sandwich?

  1. MOREKASHA Aug 31, 2010 04:41 PM

    On the corner by Sabrys I think. Just South of the GCP

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    1. re: MOREKASHA
      clareandromeda Aug 31, 2010 05:48 PM

      sounds about right!

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      clareandromeda Aug 31, 2010 05:47 PM

      I've had it...it's fab. It's only the 2nd merguez I've ever had so I cant really compare but I found it delicious! My boyfriend, the real meat eater, loved it as well. Check on the counter to see what baked goods they have. Should be delicious! Dont forget to get mint tea.! mmmmm I think I'm going to have to go back now!!

      1. E Eto Aug 31, 2010 06:20 PM

        The place is called Little Morocco.

        Little Morocco
        24-39 Steinway St, Queens, NY 11103

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        1. re: E Eto
          bennyt Aug 31, 2010 06:35 PM

          Fantastic, thank you. Any particular recommendations? And other recs in that Steinway area?

          1. re: bennyt
            Jeffsayyes Aug 31, 2010 06:55 PM

            actaully, the merguez si one of my less favorite things there. It was just published in the NYT one year and they advertise that all over the place.
            I really like their falafel, the side salads. Iv'e seen some crazy dinners come out of there, but haven't had them yet.

            Halal sandwich Shop about 4 blocks south is reeaaaalllllly interesting. This area is really bopping lately, lots of new restaurants popping up. I recommend you spend a week there and tell us what you've found. I would forget the merguez, it's small and not as tremendous as it's touted - in my opinion.

            1. re: bennyt
              E Eto Aug 31, 2010 07:43 PM

              Little Morocco's merguez sandwich is good. Try it out. But if you want a sausage sandwich, go to Cedars Meat House on 30th Ave (just east of Steinway) and get a soujuk or makanek sandwich.

              1. re: E Eto
                SpiceJunkies Sep 1, 2010 06:13 AM

                I'd have to second the Cedars Meat House. Love their garlic sauce and the sandwiches are like $3.50.

                At little Morrocco the grilled goods and lentil soup are all fantastic but I found the food in the steam tray to be dry. I don't think the chx and fish they usually have are ideal steam tray items. Not the friendliest place in the hood but darn good meats

                Cedars Meat House
                41-08 30th Ave, Queens, NY 11103

                1. re: SpiceJunkies
                  Miss Needle Sep 1, 2010 06:57 AM

                  Cedars is great. Just make sure that they heat up the sandwich in the press after the garlic sauce has been added. That mellows the bite a bit and makes the sandwich much better.

                2. re: E Eto
                  Jeffsayyes Sep 1, 2010 07:22 AM

                  oh yeah, cedar's meat house. That place is delishious.

                  also, there is an egyptian cart up the street. pretty good stuff there. they store the food in a fridge on the street, or the store in front of the cart. grills it on the coals... i think it's slightly more expensive than others, but whatever it's good stuff.

                3. re: bennyt
                  plum Sep 1, 2010 06:33 AM

                  I like the pastry shop next door to Little Morocco, Al-Sham Sweets, better than Laziza (although to be fair Laziza seemed off its game the last few times I went).

                  Laziza of New York Pastry Shop
                  25-78 Steinway St, Queens, NY 11103

                  1. re: plum
                    DaveCook Dec 7, 2010 07:28 AM

                    As it happens, Al-Sham's Jordanian baker was a seven-year veteran of Laziza.


                    Laziza of New York Pastry Shop
                    25-78 Steinway St, Queens, NY 11103

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                bennyt Sep 1, 2010 03:00 PM

                So I tried the merguez sandwich at Little Morocco today- the posters above are right, in my opinion, it's a little underwhelming. I mean, it was solid, the sausage wasn't as spicy or interesting as I wanted it to be- I wanted something a little bit more bright and flavorful (and found the Israeli salad/green olives to be a bit boring (sorry to conflate clutures, but that's my point of reference from that particular combination of cucumber, tomato, onion, olive oil)). A pretty decent deal for a sizable sandwich on good bread though.
                I will try the falafel, but now I'm very intrigued by Cedars... Will try it later this week and report back.
                Thank you all.

                Little Morocco
                24-39 Steinway St, Queens, NY 11103

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                  Mr Porkchop Dec 8, 2010 07:48 AM

                  Harissa on 30th Ave, next to Ovelia, serves up merguez now in various forms (including a sandwich). I'd still stick to Little Morocco myself.

                  Little Morocco
                  24-39 Steinway St, Queens, NY 11103

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