Flatiron Lunch: NYC Mobile Eatery Makes An Argentinan Chivito!
Every Friday our man UltraClay goes south of the ML boundaries in search of a delicious lunch. Sometimes it’s Murray Hill south or the Flatiron District, sometimes Gramercy and everything in between- but we just like to call it Flatiron Lunch.
I’m very late in trying out the generically named Argentinian food truck NYC Mobile Eatery. Back in the fall, luncher “El Dubya El” posted about it in the forums. It’s been on my radar ever since, but I only seemed to find it after I’d already eaten. This week, I finally tracked it down on 26th Street and 6th Avenue and was shocked to find a sandwich I haven’t had since I visited Buenos Aires years ago.
Based on my observations while in Buenos Aires, the main diet in Argentina is made up of steak and wine along with various other grilled meats in the place of vegetables. If you want something lighter, you order a sandwich. On the truck, they just call it an Argentinian Sandwich ($7), but I was introduced to it as a Chivito. It’s a beautiful and dangerous thing.
They take a steak sandwich, slather the bread in mustard and mayo, then top it with ham… and a fried egg. I told you it was dangerous. Don’t worry, there was also some lettuce and tomato slices, to make it a little healthy.
The bread is flat and wide (seen here with a metrocard for comparison), which keeps the whole thing together much better than you’d ever expect. In fact, by the time it would have started to come apart, I was too stuffed to eat another bite.
I rarely throw in the towel with a meal, but if you can chomp down this whole sandwich you are (probably literally) a bigger man than me.
After nearly injuring myself, I didn’t manage to make another visit to the truck to try anything else, but there are definitely some less deadly dishes on the menu I would like to try.
The steak ($7) and the chicken ($6) seem like a good place to start, but I might wait until it’s warm enough to walk a block and eat in the park.
The empanadas on the other hand are only $2 and might make a good post-lunch snack on the way back to work from my next Flatiron Lunch excursion.
NYC Mobile Eatery, 26th Street and 6th Avenue