A good sandwich is never far out of reach in New York, but it’s not every day the man behind your roast turkey with smoked gouda has a résumé like Josh Sharkey. The chef — who worked for the likes of Daniel Boulud, Floyd Cardoz, and Gray Kunz — made a name for himself at Bark Hot Dogs, the consistently acclaimed franks shop that preceded this moment of cheffy fast food. Since unexpectedly shuttering Bark’s two locations, though, he’s been a culinary free agent. No longer. Melt Shop founder Spencer Rubin and Little Beet owner Aurify Brands have tapped the chef to be the sandwich-artist-in-chief at Make Sandwich, their new Union Square shop opening today.
Sharkey, whose official title is culinary director, has put his bread-and-stuff bona fides to good use with a debut menu of nine sandwiches, a mix of takes on American standards and international classics. That means you can order a maple-ginger sausage, egg, and cheese with both pimento and cheddar or an Italian combo with jardiniere, while your friend opts for a mushroom falafel and miso-charred zucchini or chicken and chorizo torta. Additionally, customers will also be able to make their own sandwiches with a litany of fillings to choose from. There are sides like apple-date slaw and a triple chocolate cookie offered solo or in sandwich form with vanilla gelato from Il Laboratorio del Gelato. Here, all of Sharkey’s sandwiches plus a side and cookie for good measure:
Make Sandwich, 135 Fourth Ave., nr. E. 13th St., 212-398-2602