This recent article regarding European restaurants, had me thinking about expensive sandwiches:
I also suspect that expensive sandwich shops are going to have a precipitous decline in custom — the luxury sandwich is an oxymoron. It just deposits slightly more mayo into your lap.
My quest for expensive sandwiches takes me back to Sadie Katz Deli (I like the new sign).
This sandwich features one full pound of lean pastrami, sliced and weighed in front of your eyes. How do they avoid the “extra mayo in the lap”? Four slices of rye (the bread is doubled-up on the end)! I ordered mine with extra mustard, and held the cheese for space concerns and I wanted to try it “authentic“. I believe holding the cheese is related to Kosher rules:
Meat and milk (or derivatives) cannot be mixed in the sense that meat and dairy products are not served at the same meal, served or cooked in the same utensils, or stored together.
This sandwich is so big that it came in a larger-than-a-sandwich-bag bag, for my to-go order.
Along with it’s whopping size, this meaty sandwich is a whopping $17, with tax it’s $18.87. “NYC huge” indeed.
Of course it was delicious, but ridiculously priced, I’ll be keeping with these half pound “Burlington Big” option which is $9.50 pre-tax (or getting a friend to go in on the other half).
If the their lean patrami comes warm, when ordered off their deli menu, it might be worth it to assemble your own colossus:
1lb. of Lean Pastrami $11.00
1/2 loaf of Bread $3.75
1/2 pint deli mustard $2.50
It depends on how the deli items are taxed. This is perhaps the most expensive sandwich in town (at least per cost, not value).