Lunch is hard.
Where should you go? What should you to eat? Questions that need to be answered quickly usually eat up your lunch hour, assuming you have one.
Chopped salads, fast food, Korean BBQ, and street meat are all decent options that grow tiresome. Finding the right meal that will get you through the remaining hours of your work day is essential.
On a quest to find something to satisfy me I strolled into Bouchon Bakery in Rockefeller Center. I knew I’d find a variety of fancy baked goods, salads, and sandwiches but after perusing the day’s offerings, I settled on the vegetable option… A tomato and mozzarella sandwich on herbes de Provence focaccia. It definitely tasted more complex than it sounds.
In between the soft, dense slices of buttery, herb focaccia was a layer of large heirloom tomatoes with basil and house made mozzarella. I can’t buy a good tomato to save my life, but luckily for me the person in charge at Bouchon Bakery can. The tomatoes were thick, juicy, firm and had a touch of sweetness. The bread was fragrant from the herbs, particularly the rosemary, and drizzled with just the right amount of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. They used a light touch on the balsamic, which I appreciated because the vinegar can overpower the other flavors. The sandwich can be served warm or cold but I preferred it warm since it strengthened the scent of the rosemary and enhanced the taste experience. Paired with Nantucket Nectars’ Half & Half, it was bliss.
At $9.50, it’s not the cheapest sandwich but in Manhattan you’d be lucky to find anything this good for under $10. It’s a great way to switch up your regular lunch routine with something fresh and delicious.