Spring is here and I literally bit into its crispiness and freshness at lunch today. Having barely five minutes to grab a sandwich, I hopped across to my favourite soup and sandwich place in the city, 'wichcraft.
'wichcraft is Tom Collichio's third restaurant in the same block (east 19th between Park and Broadway) following Craft and Craftbar. Except that here you get his same gourmet take on simple breakfast and lunch delicacies for a fraction of the price. Now, I don't mean to make this place sound cheap, but it's certainly more affordable than the other two Tom Collichio restaurants.
I usually get the soup and sandwich combo for lunch. Soup today was a split pea which was unbelievably velvety with nice variety in every spoon from the freshly grated black pepper and the toasted bread cubes. Sandwich was pesto, avocado, goat cheese, celery and watercress on a multi-grain wheat bread. It was so incredibly light that I almost gobbled it all up in a few bites. The crunchiness of the celery paired amazingly with the softness of the fresh goat cheese. The watercress, an unusual green in a sandwich, had a wonderfully stimulating taste and texture. I washed it down with Green Jasmine Tea's Tea.
As I crossed the road and went back to my office building, I sighed with regret at not being able to enjoy the glorious weather this afternoon. But I am so excited about my first spring in Manhattan. Some say this is the best time of the year in the city. Not sultry and oppressive like the summer or cold and depressing like the winter.
I can't wait to discover all the joys of this season.
49 East 19th Street