Milant Still Makes a Damn Good Sandwich
Always up for challenging my stomach, I decided to hit up Milant yesterday (on 39th btw. Lex+3rd) despite the fact that they’ve been closed for most of the past month or two. Since they were shuttered by the DOH, there has been concern about the freshness and cleanliness of what was once considered Midtown’s finest sandwich place. All the food in the display case looked fine, although there is a creepy-ness that will probably only go away after multiple visits without incident (i.e. sickness). I went with my standby #13. Chicken cutlet, fresh mozarella, sundried tomatoes, and pesto.
Check it out, plus more- after the jump…
I made the mistake of ordering it on a whole wheat baguette, which made for a smaller sandwich than the french bread (which they didn’t give me as an option for some reason). The bread was a tad bit stale, but the oily goodness of the pesto took care of that problem, and overall the sandwich was pretty damn good. As reported by a number of commenters, soup no longer comes free with a sandwich. All soups now cost $1 as an add on, making it not as good a deal as it used to be…
For the sake of being “thorough” I orderded Milant’s $6.99 lunch plate, where you get to select any three prepared items from the cooler, plus a salad.
From left to right, I got their curry chicken salad (with all that mayo you can’t get much more dangerous than that), roasted veggies in the middle, and babaganouj (eggplant dip) on the right. It also came with a free soup, and considering that at a by the lb. deli the same amount of food would probably cost you over $10, it’s a pretty amazing deal (especially if you’re a vegetarian.) All three choices were really tasty, although I will admit I’m not as much of a fan of the Milant gazpacho as I used to be. It was cool and refreshing, but I definitely couldn’t eat a whole cup of it. Next time I’ll go with the hot soup. Aside from that, the only other complaint I have about the lunch special was they should give you some bread with it.
All in all a great lunch (I shared all that food btw) and I’m pleased to report that there were no unpleasant side effects. Even the sweets in the window looked a little fresher than normal… although I still don’t think I would eat them. (Has anybody? I’m always curious if they’re ok to eat.) Anyway, I think it is safe to eat at Milant again. Not sure if it’s still the best sandwich in Midtown, but it’s still a damn good Midtown Lunch.
Milant, 158 E. 39th St. (btw. Lex & 3rd), 212-682-0111
Read all Milant posts here