Back when I first started my blog, someone commented on one of the pages with some restaurant recommendations, which included Bite. Unfortunately, I got wrapped up in all the places that had already been on my list and forgot about it for a while. It all came back to me one day at work though. I was chatting with one of my co-workers and she was raving about this place she went to for lunch and how it was cheap and delicious. Any guesses to what she was referring to? You got it. Bite!
Bite has two locations in New York City, a little walk-up location in Soho and the one on 14th street that I went to. Bite calls its menu a “fusion of European American and Med cuisine with unique twists,” and you can find things like vegetarian Moroccan cigars, which are rolled phyllo dough with a spiced vegan filling and spicy sauce, a prosciutto and mozzarella panini, and a Mediterranean salad which has greens, hummus, eggplant, roasted pepper tapenade, Middle Eastern chopped salad, roasted almonds and pine nuts, and olive oil. They source their ingredients from New York City establishments like bread from Balthazar and mozzarella from Joe’s Dairy, so you don’t have to worry about getting packaged or processed ingredients thrown between two pieces of bread here. It’s all good, fresh stuff.
The 14th street location has some seating available but not much, and since it’s a small space anyways, a lot of people end up taking their orders to-go or placing a pick-up order online beforehand. Otherwise, you order at the bar, take a seat, and they’ll bring your food to you. I decided to go with the eggplant pesto hot pressed panini on ciabatta. It was a good-sized sandwich on warm, crunchy bread and plenty of gooey mozzarella. Simple, easy, delicious. You don’t mess with a good thing!
Basically everything is in the $6 to $8 range, and getting lunch for under $10 is always a plus. And just so you know, this place has a lot of yummy options for vegetarians. Next time I want to eat here, I’ll probably place an order online first because it kind of took a while to get my order. That’s pretty much to be expected because of the small space and how packed it gets during the lunch rush, but it wouldn’t deter me from coming back because it was such a satisfying meal.
The creator of Bite, who actually attended the Fashion Institute of Technology for fashion and graphic design (not culinary school!), wanted to make niche sandwich shop based on one simple principle: to offer the best ingredients for a value. I have to say that this place is really everything you would want in a sandwich shop. Casual, friendly service, and great sammies at an affordable price.
Eggplant pesto panini
211 E 14th St
New York, NY 10003