Friday, May 27, 2011

Saltie: NYC: Williamsburg

My original plan to finally go to Fette Sau was deterred as 1) I'd spent too much money already that week and 2) I was with someone who was trying to be a vegetarian.  I still really wanted to find somewhere where my two friends and I could have great food and dine outside, preferably accompanied by a coffee, followed by a beer.

With our horrible decision making skills and directions senselessness combined, it took us about an hour and a half to wander our way to this plan.



We went to Saltie to pick up sandwiches.  I got coffee from Oslo Coffee and used the restroom there.  We then headed to nearby Jaime Campiz playground/park to eat the food because Saltie is a walk-in joint with just a few seats and certainly no outside dining.  After that, we went to El Burrito Loco for our beer.  So while it might not have been the kind of scenario I'd originally envisioned, I was still sitting with my friends at a table outside, with good food and coffee and then had a corona.

Jenn, the one being vegetarian-ish these days, had the Ship's Biscuit:
Aerial view of the Ship's Biscuit
Insider's view: several scrambled eggs and a good deal of ricotta cheese

This was indulgent, creamy and yummalicious.  We tried to figure out how many eggs were involved, and we determined it must have been 4 or 5.  Someone with a healthy relationship with food would never eat this whole thing in one sitting, so I finished it for her.

I did my foodie duty by ordering the most famous and touted sandwich, The Captain's Daughter:

The Captain's Daughter, From Above
The Captains Daughter sardines, pickled egg, salsa verde with parsley, cilantro and radishes

You do need to be prepared for the salty (or perhaps I should say saltie) factor at play here with the sardines and pickled egg, but I didn't find it obnoxious.  It's one or two notches saltier than I'd prefer, but it was still delicious.  This was definitely the most interesting and nuanced of our three sandwiches, which is of course part of the foodie duty thing, as I found the overall tastiest one (and the one I kind of wanted to order but didn't have to as Andrew was getting it) to be the Scuttlebutt:

From the top: The Scuttlebutt (not to mention the most cutely named one)
A look into the Scuttlebutt: h.b.egg, cauliflower, pickles, feta, black olives, capers, aioli, carrot, parsley and cilantro 

This one just smacks you in the face with tasty.  It's the creaminess of the aioli that does it, in between two dense slices of the bread that houses all these indulgent sandwiches, backed with all the fatty/proteiny-ness of the egg, feta and black olives, with the saltiness of the capers, pickles and olives acting as backup singers at the show.  There's a bit too much going on here for it to be on the highest level of culinary experiences, but while eating it you'll most likely be too busy feeling warm fuzzy feelings of fullness to register complaints.

With all that said, the service we received was pretty cold and "insidery" as some Yelpers have quite aptly termed this breed of customer service.  I'm also not sure the $8-$10 they're asking for these sandwiches is really warranted, at least not when it is $9 or $10.  The egg and cheese could've been $7 (and, yeah, maybe they should 86 one of those eggs), and the other two would've been more reasonable at 8 bucks.

Oh I also had a buckwheat cookie:
Buckwheat Cookie

As Jenn put it, "Yup, it tastes like chewing buckwheat."  I thought it tasted pretty good, in that wheaty cookie way, but yes, chocolate chip tastes better, if that's what you're going for.


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