696 Gourmet Deli Serves A Messy, Delicious Roast Beef Sandwich
I walk by 696 Gourmet Deli everyday, but never once did I think about going inside to get breakfast or lunch. I have looked at their lunch specials but only when I’m on my way to grab lunch from somewhere else. Then one day I found myself craving a sandwich. Not just any sandwich: a really messy, gut busting, nap required after eating sort of sandwich. I had thought about the crazy chicken sandwich I had at Previti that was as big as my head, but I wanted somewhere closer. While wandering around, I found myself checking out 696 Gourmet Deli and their lunch specials, and I ended up getting the roast beef sandwich ($6.50). So was it the messy gut busting sandwich I was craving for?
This, my friends, was exactly what I wanted for lunch. Greasy, sauce dripping everywhere, huge, messy, and totally packed with roast beef. By the time I got back to my office, part of the bread was already soggy from the beef juice, but the bread was toasty enough to actually hold everything in place. I didn’t really care too much for the lettuce and tomatoes, because it was all about the chunks of tender beef. This sandwich did need some added heat to it — like a good squirt of sriracha — to make it perfect.
Yes, I know 696 Gourmet Deli is just another generic deli, but I do believe that there are good things to be had at delis. In fact, I plan to go back soon to try their roast pork sandwich. I wonder if it will be as good as the one from Cafe Cello.
696 Gourmet Deli, 696 3rd Ave btw 43rd and 44th (212) 490-7115