Between Black Tree’s germination inside a Crown Heights tavern and Rocket Pig’s emergence in a shed behind Trestle on Tenth, this might be the era of the sandwich pop-up. To mark its one-year anniversary next week, the Wayland will launch its own extemporaneous handheld enterprise: a fifteen-seat sandwich shop called Animals, serving lunch weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the cocktail bar’s recently opened expansion. About a dozen selections are priced between $8 and $10, including a pulled-bacon torta with refried baked beans and chile mayo (pictured), hot shrimp with harissa butter and celery slaw, and a vegetarian “kitchen sink” with jalapeño pesto. There are also sides like creamed chicories, optional add-ons (chips, an egg) the menu refers to as “swag,” and housemade sodas and juices—in case it’s too early for the signature Fernet-and-cola.
Animals, 138 Ave. C, nr. 9th St.; no phone yet
*This article originally appeared in the January 14, 2013 issue of New York Magazine.