To this list of sandwich soul mates, the Underground Gourmet would like to add grilled bauernwurst and the pretzel roll. The winning combo can be found at European Union, the recently reopened East Village restaurant whose owners endured an epic battle with a Napoleonic community board over getting a beer-and-wine license and lived to tell the tale.
The soft pretzel roll is baked in house and served warm. The beef-and-pork sausage is made by Schaller & Weber. And the plate comes with a gob of horseradish mustard for slathering as well as a nice side of Brussels-sprout slaw. In short, it's a match made in sandwich heaven whose exhilarating two-treats-in-one effect elicits a why-didn't-someone-think-of-this-before response.
Consider the fact that you can wash this toothsome morsel down with a good German beer without a prudish, binoculars-equipped community-board member calling the cops a hard-earned bonus.
European Union, 235 E. 4th St., nr. Ave. B; 212-254-2900.
— Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld