Your First Look at Untamed’s New Larger Sandwiches
Our review of Untamed Sandwiches generated quite a bit of controversy. Many readers believed Untamed Sandwiches was charging too much for a sandwich that was just too small. This was something I touched on repeatedly in my review, and it was a hard fact to ignore when looking at Untamed as a daily lunch spot. It was so prevalent, in fact, that Eater’s very own Mr. Sietsema pointed out the high price and small quantity conundrum in his own review. At the bottom of that post, Andy, from Untamed Sandwiches commented to say that Untamed had responded to us the critics, and upgraded the size of their sandwiches accordingly (it was pointed out here). This meant I had to abandon my lunch plans for the day, and get to Untamed Sandwiches to see what sort of changes had been made.
There were a lot of comments that brought light to the fact that Untamed Sandwiches were small. While I tried to make it clear that this didn’t necessarily mean they weren’t filling, the pictures in the review said it all. My Grand Central Centennial MetroCard looked giant next to the sandwich. I also want to make it clear that I have absolutely no affiliation to Untamed Sandwiches whatsoever. Yes, another Midtown Lunch contributor might be friends with the owner, but I have never spoken to anyone from Untamed Sandwiches. Now…onto the sandwiches.
I got to Untamed and ordered the Hot Goldie, because quite honestly, that has been the best sandwich I’ve gotten from there so far. As I was waiting for my order, I was carefully observing the sandwiches people were bringing to their tables as their names were called. The larger size was obvious, and I was actually really impressed at how much bigger the sandwiches were. They didn’t look so much longer, but much, much wider. When my name was called, I grabbed my bag and fast-walked back to my office. The reveal, as with my first sandwich, was lackluster. It was then that I realized the wrapping of the sandwich when it’s ordered to-go really does condense the sandwich size. I’ll stop talking and get to the pictures now.
So, the sandwiches certainly look bigger in the pictures, it’s not like going from a 6-inch to a footlong, but they are definitely larger. Where the size increase really becomes apparent is in the cross-section view.
The sandwich definitely felt wider and more substantial. However, while the bread has gotten bigger, I can’t help but feel like the sandwich components have stayed the same. Towards the last 20-30% of each half, I was getting bites completely without meat.
Yes, I know this is nitpicking, but I’m here to report the truth and I couldn’t leave this picture out. All together, the sandwich sizes have increased and I was certainly satisfied after eating the sandwich. Sure, I went and got a bag of chips after, but that speaks more to my unhealthy appetite, and less to the size of the sandwiches at Untamed. It’s not often a restaurant will respond to the complaints of their customers in such an efficient and expedited manner. It’s great to know they are listening, and I respect their willingness to address some of the critiques.
I still don’t like to spend +$10 on my average lunch, but when I do feel like splurging, Untamed has earned a spot on my list as a great place to go for a sandwich. I’m sure this upgraded sandwich size won’t impress all of you, but I still urge everyone not to let my pictures have a negative impact on your willingness to try Untamed. Go there for yourself, try a sandwich, and see if you think it’s worth it. If not, let us know…maybe they’ll address our complaints once again.
Untamed Sandwiches, 43 West 39th (btw. 5+6th). 646-669-9397