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Make Sandwich is Set to Dominate NYC’s Fast-Casual Scene

15966075_251890341898529_2009803158373239609_nLong before Brooks Headley slung veggie burgers and David Chang proffered fried chicken buns, Bark helped jumpstart the fast-casual movement — gourmetizing classic New York hot dogs by way of artisanal sausages topped with small batch sauerkraut.  Shockingly, both the original Brooklyn and six-month-old Bleeker locations shuttered this past year, yet founder Josh Sharkey is fully aware of the still growing appeal of quick-quality fare.  Which is why he joined forces with a veritable fast-casual dream team (Melt Shop’s Spencer Rubin and Aurify Brands, behind the health-focused Little Beet) to launch Make Sandwich in Union Square — a have it your way, between-the-bread take on Chipotle.

o-1Ranging from $7.95-11.95, “Made By Us” options include everything from a not-so-classic Egg & Cheese (tricked out with maple-ginger breakfast sausage, pimento cheese, and chile ketchup on brioche), to a snazzy Steak + Salsa Verde (roasted tri-tip on a baguette, anointed with Tunisian olive oil and tomatillo puree), to a vegan-friendly Zucchini & Falafel — where the squash is charred with miso, the fried orbs are crafted from mushrooms, and condiments include tomato-pepper confit and preserved lemon tahini.

Any element can be mixed-and-matched for a flat price of $10.95 in the “Made by You” section — yet with the sheer range of alluring additions, there’s no guarantee on the palatability of your Dagwood-esque creation.  The array of breads seems basic enough (sub rolls and ciabatta supplement brioche and baguette), but from there on, things get wild.  Instead of standard cold cuts, 15975304_250132018741028_8346596137471306832_oproteins include slow roasted turkey breast, chile-mustard pork belly, and mojo grilled chicken; Oaxacan cheese and smoked gouda keep company with provolone and cheddar; mustard and mayo make way for koji aioli, parmagiano reggiano cream and roasted garlic remoulade; and in lieu of lettuce and tomato, vegetation ranges from apple date slaw and creamed spinach, to roasted artichokes and jardinière.

It seems that with the lunch crowd-wooing Make Sandwich, Sharkey and crew have made good on their potential as a fast-casual kings.

Make Sandwich
135 4th Ave
(212) 398-2602

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