Greenwich Village, NY – On a one-way ticket from Spain, 100 Montaditos brings the montadito (tapa-sized sandwich) across the Atlantic and makes its official debut this Friday, November 22nd, 2013 at 176 Bleecker Street. Replacing the 56-year old Pizza Box, the space is modern yet classic, with a large granite bar, cherry red walls, and décor unique to Cadiz, a city from the South of Spain. With 100 traditional sandwich fillings such as Serrano ham, Spanish Tortilla and Queso Manchego, and an average price of $1.00-2.50, the menu here is big on variety but small in price.
“The secret is in our bread made to order” says Executive Chef Silvia de Antonio. Every order gets a delicious roll, freshly baked then stuffed and brought to you piping hot. Crunchy on the outside, and warm and soft on the inside, our “meat lovers” sampling of Serrano Ham, Philly Steak, and Chorizo were hearty and paired well with our light and refreshing 1906 Reserva Especial.
Our "veggie" montaditos included the Mozzerella, Tomato, & Pesto and the Manchego Cheese, with the latter being our favorite - creamy and buttery, with a whisper of sharpness. A glass of sweet White Sangria cleansed our pallete, and led us smartly into the Chocolate Bread with Almonds. The emphasis on freshness was evident in everything we ate – it was as if our sandwiches rolled right out of the oven and into our mouths.
Reminiscent of classic 19th century tavernas, the ambiance is energetic and fun, and we found peering into the wide-open kitchen hugely addicting, watching and waiting for our next orders to be created. The outdoor garden is a treat in the warmer months, and the bar is cozy and highly conducive to mingling with strangers. The tapa-sized portions are the perfect vehicle to making new friends and if you happen upon a Wednesday, be sure to take advantage of their “Dollar Mania” - $1 on all montaditos, $2 domestic beer and wine, and $3 imported beer and salads.