There’s no sign outside to tell you there’s a restaurant on the other side of the cracked and dirty windowpane, except for the B health rating. I walked in and saw how the B came to be. Cheeky Sandwiches looks like it survived the apocalypse to serve New Orleans style sandwiches. I asked for a Chicken Biscuit ($6.50) and a bag of Jalapeno chips ($1.50), which a Yelper recommended.
I chatted with Willie, the cook, who was a retiree that came back for a reprieve from boredom. He handed me my sandwich, already leaking grease through the paper. I snapped a few pics and dug in, starting with the chicken sticking outside of the biscuit. The chicken was unusually sweet, melt-in-your-mouth tender and the purple cabbage added a slight crunch that balanced the sandwich. The biscuit was small, which made it difficult to eat properly. It held together well though, and I was glad that it wasn’t drenched in gravy.
Those jalapeno chips were a perfect complement, since spice was nonexistent in the sandwich. They should be sold together. I enjoyed every bite of the Chicken Biscuit, but I’ll have to dock off a star for not taking better care of the place. Cheeky Sandwiches really looks like it’s been through hell and back. That might look “cool” and “quirky,” but a piece of the tin roof half-falling off and a broken air conditioner in the front is unnecessary. You can do better Cheeky.
Cheeky Sandwiches ★★★★☆
35 Orchard St (between Canal St & Hester St) map
New York, NY 10002
Neighborhoods: Lower East Side