Our first day of our New York City Trip was amazing. Between amazing bagels, cheese bread, Puffs the Play, and wandering the city, I could not have asked for a better day. But this was only day 1. We still had 2 more days of fun ahead of us! While part of me was tempted to get another bagel, today we wanted to start our day with a breakfast sandwich. So we headed to the East Village to Cheeky Sandwiches.
There is nothing Stephanie and I like more than a great hole in the wall restaurant. Cheeky sandwiches is one step above a literal hole in the wall. The restaurant itself is no wider than 12 with no noticeable facade. It extremely easy to miss.
Stephanie and I walked by it times before we looked down to realize where it was.
When you walk inside you get an absolute unfinished feel to it. Its floors are naked concrete, ceilings are unpainted sheet metal, and walls are whitewashed brick. Heck, even some of the seats are just Milk Crates stacked on top of eachother.
If you think you have been to dives before you have seen nothing until you you go to cheeky sandwiches. And I ABSOLUTELY loved it.
Cheeky Sandwiches Food
Cheeky Sandwiches specializes food from the Bayou. You will find fried chicken, and biscuits, po’boys as well as other southern specialities on their menu which is limited to 9 items. Personally, when I see a restaurant with a limited menu I get excited. To stay in business and not offering a wide variety of food, the restaurant must be doing something right.
The buttermilk biscuit sandwich with two eggs and added bacon.
Stephanie ordered the Beef. It was braised short rib, horseradish sauce, arugula, cherry tomatoes on challah bread.
Though we are not from Louisiana, Stephanie and I both grew up in the South. We both know southern food and we both were both so hungry we could eat the north end of a south-bound polecat. Needless to say, we were really excited about this meal. And it was good. It was Slap your momma good. We were as happy as a pig eating slop.
Southern expressions aside, it was extremely good. As I am becoming more of a food I am really learning a lot about what I like. As It turns out, I really like aggressively seasoned food. The hit of the right spice really takes a good dish and takes it to the a whole new world. This is what happened with my biscuit. The biscuit itself was extremely good. Soft, buttery and fluffy. Everything was just right and then they added a hit of heat and POW!!! Next level good.
About Stephanie’s Beef Sandwich. The simplicity of the Beef sandwich at Cheeky Sandwich may seem stodgy or (at the very least) just a safe choice. However, the moment you take a bite, your taste buds light up, and you realize you are the best at making food decisions. In its simplicity is also its beauty. There is the perfectly tender and juicy braised short rib, the kick of a powerful horseradish sauce, the peppery crunch of arugula, the bright acid of cherry tomatoes, all wrapped in the slight sweetness and soft chew of challah bread. This cheeky little sandwich under promises and over delivers.
We all know that I am so cheap that I would not give a nickel to see Jesus ridin’ a bicycle… okay that is my last Southernism I swear. But it does all come down price. Cheeky Sandwiches’ prices were more than fair, especially New York City. The most expensive thing on the menu is $8.50 and a cup of coffee is only going to run you a buck. They cut costs on decorating to pass the savings along to you. In all for drinks, food, tax, and tip we spent $17.35 (about $8.67 a person).
Heavens to Betsy (okay i lied when i said that was my last Southernism, I can’t help myself) Cheeky Sandwiches makes a helluva good sandwich at extremely cheap prices. In New York City, you will be hard to find a meal this good for less than $10.