Murray’s Sandwich Challenge: Take 3
And we have another entry in the Grand Central Terminal Market sandwich challenge. To recap: can you make an under $10 Midtown Lunch’ish sandwich, or sandwiches, from ingredients purchased from the newly opened Murray’s Salami (and the other shops in the Grand Central Terminal market.) Blondie and Brownie weighed in first, followed by Lunch’er Dave, and now… Max.
2 of my compatriots and I ventured in the semi-brutal cold to Grand Central Market to try the Murray’s challenge. (We went a little crazy, also picking up 3 pieces of very nice seasonal Murray’s pumpkin cheese cake for dessert, but I am excluding that splurge from the challenge.) We gorged ourselves on speck, mozz, and salami, had a photo shoot and assembly party back @ the office. I think our per capita expenditure will definitely be lower next go round (oh yes!), but this was gooddamn delicious!!
Last week there was a complaint about not being about to get a sense of scale from the photo… so after the jump is a list of ingredients, plus a photo that gives you better perspective of the sandwich size.
1/4 pound of Smoked Speck from Alto Adige, Italia + 1/4 pound of Finocchiona, Tuscan Fennel Salami, $9.50
2 Ripe Tomatoes, $1.60
1 box of fresh basil, $2.99
1 large ciabbata loaf trisected, $3.50
1 large ball of lightly salted mozzerella $7.99
TOTAL (with tax) â€” $27.70; $9.25 per capita
There was also a little question as to why we would even bother with a place like this. I will admit there are plenty of places where you could make a cold cut sandwich for yourself and spend much less than $10 per person. But there are two reasons why this is worthwhile…
1) It’s fun. For anybody who loves food, the Grand Central Terminal market is a pretty sweet place to walk through. The cheap guy in me cringes at most of the prices, but the fat guy in me finds it hard to stop drooling. (I have the same reaction at the Dean & Deluca in Soho.) If we could get a filling lunch out of that place for under $10, why not try? Your average Boar’s Head deli can’t compare…
2) Which brings us to point #2. I like meat. I like dried, cured meat. Salumi is freaking good… and while sometimes I am the cheapest bastard imaginable, I can appreciate the finer things in life every once in awhile. So, if we can get a lunch made of splurge worthy items (like high quality speck) and keep it just under $10, that’s more exciting to me then making my own sandwich from ingredients purchased at Food Emporium… even if it’s 1/4 the price.
This isn’t rocket science… just a fat guy who likes to look at sandwich porn, having a little fun.
Photos by Mozar Photography