Monday, July 16, 2012

Cheeky Sandwiches 07-14-2012

Location: 35 Orchard St.
Time: 3pm
People: RB, CK and myself

Cheeky Sandwiches, offering New Orleans style sandwiches in the outskirts of the Lower East Side and Chinatown, is a hidden gem. This hole in the wall attracts regulars who all seem quite familiar with the lovely sandwich handler behind the counter. Although this does have a very artistic LES vibe, this is essentially a tribute to New Orleans, rough and cheeky. "A toast to the ducks that live in the swamp," painted on the white brick wall catches our eyes.

There is a one bench seating and some counters with stools, and you get to watch them make the sandwich if you so choose. The menu includes six sandwiches, biscuits, eggs, chicory coffee and beignets, and veggie fans, rejoice! Out of six sandwiches, two are vegetarian, and one is seafood.

My veggie muffalata ($7.25, pickled mix of veg, swiss on olive roll) was fresh with the vibrant and delicate flavor, and the texture was quite well balanced. Every bite included the delightful combination of crusty yet soft bread and finely chopped olive and pickled vegetables. A meatless muffalata seems almost sinful, but this sandwich remains true to the spirit of the sandwich, and even the carnivore purist RB enjoyed this one.

"Sea"--the oyster and/or shrimp poboys ($8.50, you can make it half and half) are obviously their popular dish, and RB thought his 'half &half' was deliciously crunchy and seasoned.

There aren't many New Orleans inspired eateries in NYC yet, but Cheeky is certainly a great, highly addictive start. Simple ingredients with the right amount of bread in a low key setting--Oh, I feel like I'll be one of their cult followers.

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