Don’t Mess With the Panini Tozt
I’ve walked by the strangeness that is Panini Tozt (on 50th btw. Mad+Park) so many times, but have never quite been interested enough to pull the trigger. After this email from Lunch’er Emily, I’m thinking that might have been a mistake.
I’ve been a longtime reader of Midtown Lunch, so I feel pretty confident you haven’t written about this newsstand that serves lunch well within ML’s price parameters, on 50th between Madison and Park. It’s called Panna Tozt, “European-style sandwiches,” or something like that. And yes, it’s in a real-deal newsstand. I went for the first time today and not only am I writing you mere seconds after I finished wolfing down my Cuban sandwich…but I don’t even have a picture to show you, because I ate it so fast. Yeah, it was that good.
They have a standard menu of combos to choose from – which they throw on the panini press for you, and THEN they take it off and ask you what you want to add. (I like this – my lettuce doesn’t get weird and wilted and hot from being grilled.) And you can add anything – even fries!
Also, there’s a separate menu of some Indian favorites (chicken tikka masala, etc.), which I didn’t see but am willing to bet they’re delicious, since we all know how good Indian from a newsstand can be. I could go on about the bread, or how nice the people were, but really one thing sticks out in my mind: the lunch was a whopping $5.85. Including tax. You can add whatever you want to your sandwich, and they don’t tack on extra charges at the end. Need I say more?
The place was pretty empty when I was there just before 1pm today – I’d hate to see them go the way of lesser establishments in this recession. We’ve got to get the word out!
I can’t imagine the cuban sandwiches are better than Margon or Sophie’s Cuban, but fries on the sandwich? Indian food from a newsstand? You know I’m down with that! Any other MLers out there fans of the Tozt? Let us know what you think in the comments…
Panini Tozt, 44 East 50th St. (btw. Mad+Park), 212-688-3213