Please note that the meal was complimentary. However, the opinions expressed in my blog are 100% my own!
Open face sandwiches are nothing new: there are few in American cuisine, like the Kentucky Hot Brown (that you can have at Bar Americain, the Midtown joint of Chef Bobby Flay - I recommend a nap after that), or the tartines served at Le Pain Quotidien or Maison Kayser. But I have never see anything like what Duran Sandwiches proposes: small open face sandwiches with a wide variety of combination, probably 30 different kinds, made daily.
Duran Sandwiches was established in 1969 in Austria, by two brothers, Vladimir and Tomas Duran who came from Hungary after the World War II. The location in New York being their first outpost in the US, opened two years ago and offering the same kind of sandwiches offered elsewhere. Each sandwich is priced $2.50 to $3.50 and can be on white, whole wheat, pumpernickel or gluten free bread. And if you are vegetarian or vegan, they have several options on their menu that would satisfy your appetite. Size wise, Jodi was fine with 2 sandwiches; for me, 5 would be enough. They package the sandwiches well in boxes that allow for their easy transport.
Here is what we tried:
Sundried tomato: vegan, it had a bit of sweetness coming from dates.
Maine Lobter salad (one of my favorites and their best sellers):
Jalapeno salad (my least favorite):
Spicy Hungarian salami (my number one: that salami is fantastic):
Traditional Hungarian sausage sandwich:
Tomato and mozzarella:
Vegetable chutney (made with pumpkin and carrots as well as other ingredients I cannot remember):
Camembert (for a French touch):
Paprika Farmer's Cheese:
These sandwiches were good, my favorite being the spicy Hungarian salami, Hungarian sausage and Maine lobster salad. I should also add the sun dried tomato one that was really surprising. What is great with Duran Sandwiches is the variety their offer, allowing to change every single day your order and not having to stick to the same sandwich again and again. It is an interesting concept that also extends to catering with even smaller sandwiches, the size of an amuse-bouche, all looking exactly the same, showcasing the precision of these handmade sandwiches.
Enjoy (I did)!
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