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) — $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


  • Oh Rudy, you englishmen and your butter. Eli’s makes a rather decent fresh motz, basil, tomato, on buttered sourdough baguette with a little dijon. It’s actually really good!

  • Rudy, here is a good sandwich with butter on it. Butter probably the most healthy ingredient. I can see Mamacita eating this one, burping, and asking what’s for dessert.

  • Oi, Big Fish Twato…at least the Ny’ers beach houses aint on fire.

    Wayne,you’ve stayed in Shropshire…ever had a Bacon Butty made with Glouster Old spot Bacon?…..and if you had…imagine it with out Butter.


  • The Butty…God’s Gift to Sandwich Lovers Everywhere

    A butty without butter…unthinkable…

    like a Midtown Luncher without an opinion

    or Chucky without his whale-wife-sister

  • Yvo, I’m totally with you on the Kelly Choi bashing. She seriously does not deserve her job. I’d be eating all that shit, and going back for thirds, if I could get em.

    Kelly Choi:Eating::Rachel Ray:Cooking.

  • Challenge or no challenge, the top photo is gorgeous! It makes it look like it’s worth every penny and then some.

  • ChipBeef is spot on because I totally want to eat Kelly Choi and cook Rachel Ray

    Eat Out NY, indeed

  • First off great photos.. sandwich looks delish. My one question is though, did you find 1/2 pound of meat sufficient for 3 guys? Was it a filling sandwich?

  • It was a very filling sandwich.

    A mixed 1/2 pound of these types of salumi with the accompanying flavor profile is definitely adequate. We had a half dozen extra slices of speck that we just polished off with extra mozz and tomatoes.

  • I guess it depends on the meat like you said.. something like sliced turkey probably has more water in it I’m guessing.

  • I don’t know this blog writer but dude, Jake, you are right on target. Couldn’t agree with you more about the choice of Kelly choi. Choi PINED after JOSH KELLY now at espn at Columbia J SCHOOL. He dumped her. Choi screamed at Elliott in the Columbia hallways. choi stalked Elliott’s girl. then got hired for ONE month at NEWS 12 BRONX . I saw Choi’s air checks Man she Sucked! Choi is NO sincere soul. She is not 32 as wikipedia states and she slummed around NYC writing freelance after news 12 trying to make it some how before she begged Arick Wierson at NYC TV for a shot. PEOPLE at NYC TV (not management) do not think highly of CHOI. CHOI goes to these RED CARPET EVENTS in evening gowns TRYING BEGGING CRYING, “LOOK AT ME PLEASE I AM KELLY CHOI.” She has no purpose at these events and paparazzi friends of mine remark they take her pix because she just bares leg at the male photogs. PATHETIC. A friend of choi’s says choi is BULIMIC to boot

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