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My Favorite Things – A Date with My Husband at City Sandwich, NYC

There’s nothing like having a Friday afternoon free to go on a date with your husband.  Do it in New York City and you’ll have no end of things to do, places to go and food to eat.  Ever since I heard about City Sandwich from both a colleague and one of my Portuguese relatives, I’ve been wanting to try it out.

In the busy Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, this tiny restaurant is unassuming but cheery from the outside.

City Sandwich in Hell's Kitchen, NYC; photo taken by Joana Miranda

Step inside, and you’re likely to find choosing just one sandwich off the board very difficult.  Coming from an Italian-born, New York-raised chef who fell in love with and worked in Portugal, the menu is a reflection of the best of these cuisines.  

Sandwich menu at City Sandwich, NYC; photo taken by Joana Miranda

(For a menu complete with pictures, take a look here.)

The servers at City Sandwich were very friendly and helpful; when I told them that I wanted one of the Portuguese sandwiches but had never tasted morcela, Chef Michael Guerrieri himself brought out a plate with two bite-sized sandwich samples for my husband and me to try.

The sample was delicious, and Chef Guerrieri and I were very happy to talk to each other in Portuguese, too!

Photo of City Sandwich Chef Guerrieri and Joana, photo taken by Andy

My husband and I ordered one “Nuno” sandwich (Portuguese Morcela, Broccoli Rabe, Tomato, Collard Greens, Melted Mozzarella, Garlic and Olive Oil) and the “Chef” sandwich (Soaked Codfish, Tomato, Seasonal Lettuce, Sauteed Onions, Capers, Black Olive Pesto, and Olive Oil). 

Photo of of the Nuno and the Chef sandwich at City Sandwich, NYC; taken by Joana Miranda

As we dug into our lunch, we asked Chef Guerrieri about his ties to Portugal.  He told us about his restaurant Mezzaluna in Lisbon, and graciously allowed us to peruse his cookbook.

Photo of Mezzaluna em Lisboa cookbook by Michael Guerrieri, photo taken by Joana Miranda

Elegant photos of the dishes are juxtaposed with the architecture and Portuguese scenery that inspired them.  (The photographer is Jean Marie del Moral.)

Two beautiful photos from Mezzaluna em Lisboa cookbook

And, how were the sandwiches?  Flavorful, totally fresh, surprisingly light and good to the last crumb.

Photo of sandwich crumbs, taken by Joana Miranda

We’ll be back!

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My Favorite Things – A Visit to Eataly, NY (Mangia! Mangia!)

Last week, on a grey rainy Wednesday, my husband and I ventured down to 5th Ave at 23rd St. for a visit to the Italian market, Eataly.

Photo of triangular building near Eataly on 5th Ave., photo taken by Joana Miranda

Having never been here before, we weren’t sure what to expect…

Photo of Eataly banner in NY, taken by Joana Miranda

So the explosion of colors, smells, sights and mouth-watering goods was truly mind-blowing.  We contemplated purchasing the fresh fish…

Fresh fish at Eataly fish department, photo taken by Joana Miranda

Shellfish…

Photo of shellfish at Eataly market, taken by Joana Miranda

Cured meats and sausages…

Photo of cured meats and sausages at Eataly, taken by Joana Miranda

Breads…

Photo of bread counter at Eataly, taken by Joana Miranda

Homemade pastas…

Photo of homemade pasta for sale at Eataly, taken by Joana Miranda

Black truffles (at 17.20 an ounce!)…

Photo of black truffles for sale at Eataly, taken by Joana Miranda

Exotic mushrooms…

Fresh mushrooms for sale at Eataly, photo taken by Joana Miranda

And cheeses…

Photo of assorted cheeses for sale at Eataly, taken by Joana Miranda

Photo of assorted cheeses for sale at Eataly, taken by Joana Miranda

Before our heads started to spin, and we didn’t know where to look anymore!

Photo of cute Leone tin, taken at Eataly by Joana Miranda

Eataly boasts “We sell what we cook & we cook what we sell.”  Come here to shop or to eat…just beware that everyone else is here to do the same!  We finally found a free spot to sit and eat at a counter where we watched chefs scurrying around preparing pasta entrees…

Photo of hispanic chef working at pasta counter at Eataly, taken by Joana Miranda

While our pizza cooked in the oven nearby.

Photo of golden pizza oven at Eataly, taken by Joana Miranda

The pizza was delicious, and we chased it down with imported Italian beer.

Photo of pizza and Italian beer, taken by Joana Miranda

Naturally, we had room for dessert, and went to investigate the options…

Photo of glazed desserts at Eataly, photo taken by Joana Miranda

Assorted desserts at Eataly, photo taken by Joana Miranda

Photo of cookies at Eataly, taken by Joana Miranda

More Italian cookies at Eataly, photo taken by Joana Miranda

Photo of apple tarts at Eataly, taken by Joana Miranda

I wanted one of each, but my husband insisted we share the pistachio Gelato instead.

Photo of pistachio Gelato at Eataly, taken by Joana Miranda

Now at home, I’m drooling over these pictures as I write this post.  Buon appetito!

Photo of Leone Italian sweets tin, taken by Joana Miranda

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