Category Archives: Sandwiches

Bouchon Bakery

Thomas Keller is a cuisine extraordinaire. Having created such successful venues such as the highly touted Per Se and French Laundry. There’s a reason why Keller is one of the most decorated chefs in the all of history. Countless James Beard awards and Michelin Stars, the man simply produces great food.

No, I didn’t complete my life by eating at Per Se. However, I did have great food at Keller’s affordable Bouchon Bakery.

From the looks of it, everything here is done to an art. From the heartiest of sandwiches to the tiny morsels of macaroons, you can sense the effort placed into each item.

I snagged myself a Smoked Salmon Sandwich with Toasted Brioche. Smeared with an herb spread, crunchy fresh cucumbers, and pickled red onions. Every ingredient had a reason, and together they harmoniously produced one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had. The brioche was buttery and perfectly toasted, the cucumbers added an extra texture, the spread blooming with flavor upon every bite, and the meaty salmon was the perfect main.Up next was their Butternut Squash Panini. Hands down one of the best meatless options in the world. With the addition of apple slices, a pear marmalade, a nutty brie and various herbs, the flavor is out of this world. The pressed panini adds a marvelous crunch while the butternut squash filling is an ode to Keller’s ingenuity. Now we come to the piece de resistance, Keller’s take on the Nutter Butter. This cookie would send the Cookie Monster into comatose. With ooey gooey peanut butter sandwiched in between warm peanut butter cookies. Words cannot do this baby justice, it’s just something you have to try and fall in love with.

Bouchon Bakery Scores:
Food: 9/10 – Corner Bakery and Panera, you’ve met your match.

Restaurant Environment: N/A

Service: N/A

Value: 7/10- At around $13 per, these sandwiches aren’t exactly part of anyone’s value meal.

Overall: 8.5/10

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Porchetta

Pork, pork, pork, who doesn’t love pork? Who wouldn’t travel across the ends of the universe to obtain what is described to be one of the greatest pork dishes ever manifested? I know I would. Especially when New York Magazine (as well as a couple of friends) raves Porchetta as not only the best porchetta sandwich in NY, to one of the best sandwiches, to one of the best overall dishes in NY. I just have to see whether or not Porchetta is the real deal. I found myself wandering into the East Village, and lucky for me (sarcasm), it was right before a rainstorm. As soon as I was about to step in, it started to pour like God wanted to recreate the scene from Noah’s Ark. Instead of having a giant boat full of wonderful cute animals, I had a tiny eatery filled with just one delicious type. You see that glamorous piece of swine over there in the corner? Well it was basically ruined by that one girl sitting right there. As I said earlier, Porchetta is a tiny venue and can barely fit a few people at the dining counter. Since it was absolutely pouring outside, I really wanted to eat my sandwich inside. Unlucky for me, the other diners had no manners and wouldn’t share their space. Some were already finished with their meal and just wanted to take up space to talk, and gave me a despicable glare like I was a leper when I asked them to scoot down. Ugh, I can’t move down because the trash can is getting in the way, okay? It clearly wasn’t. I snapped a few quick pictures and frustratedly took my meal outside and ate in the rain. I got an order of Cooking Greens which ended up being a dish of Kale sauteed with garlic. The dish was bitter and overall pretty disgusting. I’ll take the scalded vegetables in Chinatown over this dish any day. The Potatoes with Burnt Ends were very plain. It’s something that even if it was free and paired with the sandwich, I would be pretty apathetic over. But when you charge customers $5 for potatoes, no thank you. I’ll take my $5 foot long. Finally we get to the main event. The highly touted and recognized Porchetta Sandwich. Was it as good as everyone put it out to be? Simple answer, No. The pork is delicious and the crackling is full of flavor. But it just didn’t hit the spot as I would have expected. Maybe if I had a tiny dish of au jus to dip the sandwich in smooth out the flavor it would’ve turned out stellar. Maybe it was because the rain just drowned out the excitement associated with the dish. Regardless, I was disappointed and would run up a couple of blocks to get a Roast Beef Sandwich at This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef.

Porchetta Scores:
Food: 5/10 – To be crowned one of the best sandwiches in New York is a travesty. I love my pork sandwiches, but didn’t absolutely love this one. The inedible sides didn’t help either.

Restaurant Environment: 1/10 – Patrons are heartless bitches. Simple as that.

Service: 6/10 – At least the employee “attempted” to wipe the tables outside for us when it was raining. Next time, just ask them to make some space.

Value: 4/10 – $10 for the sandwich, not good. $5 for the sides, even worse.

Overall: 4/10