Skeptics of vegetarian food, I have a place for you.
Bombay Sandwich Co. is this great little spot (really, there are only a few seats at a counter) that serves vegetarian fare, and some of their menu is even vegan and/or gluten-free. I know for a lot of people saying that is tantamount to also saying that it’s bland and unsatisfying, but not so. I’m totally a meat eater, and often need some kind of hearty, substantial protein in my meals. What’s great about Bombay Sandwich Co. is that it makes people like me rethink the possibilities of food sans meat and how delicious and filling it can be.
As per the name, sandwiches are a big thing here, and they’re all served on artisanal bread from Orwasher’s Bakery (mental note made to check this place out because omg). So what kind of vegetarian sandwiches are there? Well to name a few, there’s the Honey-Fennel Grilled Cheese (mozzarella + honey + hot sauce + fennel + raisins on 7 grain bread), Organic Tofu Masala Sandwich (tofu + fennel + onion seed + sauteed tomato + onion + cabbage on a whole wheat hero), and Garden Sandwich (mixed greens + avocado + cucumber + tomato + pickled onions + alfalfa sprouts + kale and walnut pesto + tomato chutney on 7 grain bread). This last one was deemed the best by our cashier.
Besides the sammies, there are wraps, salads, bowls, and platters. The last of which is where you pick any five items out of a list with things like French lentils, sweet potato salad, and quinoa salad. Also, don’t forget about their unique beverage options like their Yogi’s Choice smoothie, which has almond milk, turmeric, cardamom, and crushed almonds, and the cardamom coffee. As you can see, there are lots of fun flavors going on, with definite inspirations from Indian food.
I decided to order the most popular sandwich, the Chana Masala sandwich. Always a safe bet to go with whatever people order the most! It came with slow cooked chickpeas, mixed greens, pickled onions, and date chutney on a tasca ciabatta roll. You get to pick if you want hot sauce or not, but it’s always served in a little container on the side.
First off, just look at that bread. You don’t have to be an expert or baker to know that that bread is going to taste awesome. There’s just something about seeing the dusted flour on the outside like that that screams this is going to be some quality stuff. At least to me! After I stopped admiring the bread, I finally took a bite and was absolutely delighted. There was no skimping of the saucy chickpeas and it was a great combo of flavors and textures with the fresh greens and tart onions. Plus, their hot sauce is kind of amazing. Can you believe that I actually wasn’t able to finish the whole thing? Yes, I, Cindy, became completely full from a vegetarian sandwich. Go Bombay Sandwich Co.
The great thing about eating a meal like this is that you feel better about saving some money (everything is $10.25 or less–and mainly less), AND the fact that you’re eating fresh, healthy food. Win win.
Chana masala sandwich
48 W 27th St
New York, NY 10001