Obika Takeout-Watch Day 3 is Better… But Not Great
I wish I could stop, but the reports just keep on coming in about Obika, the newly opened mozzarella bar on 56th and Madison. At least today it seems like the takeout only sandwiches lasted past 12:30…
Photo courtesy of Danny from Food in Mouth
From Lunch’er Bossman: “Sandwich was actually quite tasty, the quality of ingredients was excellent. I ordered the Prosciutto, Mozz and Basil and found with Mozz/Tomato/Basil in the bag when I got back to the office. It was on a 6â€³ long Ciabatta-like roll, the Mozz was creamy and oozed fresness. They still have a limited selection and if all they have is what’s on display- not much of it. The staff are dolts, even though the girl taking the order is next to the guy prepping the sandwich there were three screwups in the two minutes I was there (not counting my wrong sandwich)I think their issues on take-out, inexperienced staff aside, is simply not having enough storage space for the menu items. This is the Italian equivalent to Chinese food. 15 minutes later, I’m asking “what’s for lunch?”. Yips beckons.”
Lunch’er Dylan agrees: “I agree: the sandwiches are almost laughably small. Eight dollars later, I am sitting here contemplating an early-afternoon snack. The bread was crisp and fresh, but after all of five bites it was gone. The mozzarella/prosciutto was even smaller than my mozz/tomato/basil affair—that sandwich was barely the size of a blackberry. Dissapointed.”
Another photo, plus more lunchers weigh in… after the jump.
Lunch’er Gosukusan : “Just got an $8 sandwich there. Burnt on the bottom. Otherwise good, but way too small, I’d need two of those. There are about 8 staff working there, all seem completely incompetent.”
And Danny from Food in Mouth sent this along with the photos: “Like the comments mentioned, they actually had food today, even at 12:30pm when I walked by. Barely a take-out line when I got there, I was the third person in line when I took these pictures. Then sanity came over me and I realized that this would not be filling at all. It looks delicious, and the sit down area was packed but… $8 dollar pretax for a tiny lil sandwich? I dunno…”
The photos don’t make the sandwiches look that small, but I take Danny’s word for it. And this is just for the takeout… if you’re interested in the outside-the-Midtown-Lunch-price-range sit down menu, check out this Savory Cities post. Plus Eater has this report (and the word shitshow is mentioned).