Manchester Pub’s Sandwich Entry is Worth Going a Little Out of Bounds For
When I started up the Midtown Lunch Sandwich Challenge I don’t remember if I mentioned anything about the boundaries of Midtown Lunch, which right now are 3rd Ave. on the East, 8th Ave. on the West, Central Park to the north, and 32nd St. to the south (got to include Koreatown, right?) I started these boundaries because, while I feel there are some who will venture to 2nd Ave. or 9th Ave. or 28th St., the majority of lunchers confine themselves to this area. And in the end, you have to the draw the line somewhere. I will, occasionally, though break my own rules if there is something really out of the ordinary good. Something you can’t get anywhere else in Midtown (i.e. Baoguette.)
I don’t know if Manchester Pub’s pork tenderloin sandwich fits that criteria, but they submitted it as an entry to the Midtown Lunch Sandwich Challenge- and it sounded good enough to get me to trek over to 2nd Ave. to check it out.
Don’t be fooled by their menu- Manchester Pub is not a typical, touristy, slightly upscale Midtown pub (I’m looking at you O’Lunney’s). It’s kind of on the small side, the regulars get there before Noon, and from the looks of the kitchen (you can see it in the back corner), you would never guess they’d be putting out any good food. And yet… they do.
I don’t know if sandwich is the right word for it, but if I call it a slider Adam Kuban (from AHT) will kill me. Instead of one big sandwich, you get two mini pork tenderloin sandwiches, topped with grilled apples, and something between a grilled onion and an onion string. I knew from the sound of it, I’d like it- barring any missteps, and luckily there were none. The pork tenderloin, which looks like it is sliced into medallions and pounded out, before being grilled, was tender and flavorful, and the brioche rolls they use are amazingly soft (and deliciously greasy). Apparently all their sandwiches are served that way… and you can even order 2 different choices if you want.
The only thing you could really complain about is a) I think they use green apples, so that part didn’t turn out as sweet as I would have liked. And b) it was super greasy… which wouldn’t be one of my complaints- but I could see how others would be bothered. It also took awhile, so if you are going to take it to go, I’d call and order it in advance.
Even though all the sandwiches on the menu are $10, they give you $2 off sandwiches during lunchtime so it comes it at $8- and it comes with fresh cut fries. Not a bad deal at all. I took it to go, and it held up pretty nicely. I may even have to go back and try out the burger, fish sandwich, and short rib sandwich…
Manchester Pub, 920 2nd Ave., 212-935-8901