Paradis To Go (114 4th ave, NY, NY, near 12th St.) is adorable. It’s tiny and has a few chairs and tables in front and a few cases in the back where the magic sandwiches are made. The decor isn’t over the top, so it wasn’t until I stared at the sign that I realized it’s taken inspiration from French Cafes. Then again, what sandwich shop hasn’t? I stopped by shortly after noon on a weekday to find all the tables taken and a short line. The service is slow, French slow even, and I’m totally okay with that. I want them to give as much love to my food as possible, Subway this ain’t (thank god).
I was temped by all the pre-packaged foods such as lasagne and chicken salads, but I stuck to my guns and got the Spiced Rub Pork with provolone and sweet & sour cabbage on a semolina fennel, grilled. It was delicious. Not too big and not too small, with the bread nice and crispy and the cheese all gooey and warm. When it’s raining, this is what you want to eat. It’s that feeling you get when you put on socks fresh from the dryer, mid-cycle on high-heat. It just makes you purr a little bit under your breath.