Like many amazing sandwich shops, Lamazou Deli (370 Third Avenue @ 27th Street) isn’t really a sandwich shop. It’s real focus is selling cheese, meat and and other assorted, often imported goodies (like delicious hit cookies). Sandwiches aren’t the main focus of this deli and they should be — they are fantastic. They mix their fancy meats and cheeses with some phenomenal French and Italian breads. This is a great recipe for dependable sandwiches. The shop is entirely a glass counter, a slicer, a fridge and some shelves with dry goods. On the Sunday I went, there were a few people in line getting meats and cheese; I can only imagine that during the week it’s mobbed.
I tasted both the Black Forest and the Smart Duck. The bread on both was fantastic, crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. First up, the black forest: smoked prosciutto, brie and roasted peppers with mayo, mustard, lettuce, $10 for a whole. It was amazing. Buttery, smoky and rich. The brie overloaded the flavors a little too much, but it was still delicious.
The Smart Duck (smoked duck breast, brie and cornichons, $10 again) wasn’t as successful. While the bread was just as perfect and the brie was fantastic, the smoked duck breast was served cold. Cold duck breast isn’t very flavorful and just tasted like cold chewy meat. It seemed like good duck, just served way too cold. I think this sandwich would be ama-azing if served with hot duck. It would be double buttery (brie and duck) with salty crunchy cornichons.
Warning: prosciutto inside:
Black forest sitting pretty:
Can you see inside the black forest?