Turtle Bay Eatery Serves Classic Grilled Sandwiches With a Twist

By Heather Holland on October 8, 2013 2:14pm 

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 The Pullman Kitchen opened with creative twists to classic grilled sandwiches.
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TURTLE BAY — A new sandwich shop in Turtle Bay is pairing classic American sandwiches like grilled cheese and sloppy Joes with craft beer and cocktails.

The Pullman Kitchen recently opened at 959 Second Ave. at East 51st Street with a variety of hot sandwiches with a twist, breakfast burritos and chicken with waffles.

“We may never substitute mom at grilling cheese sandwiches, but with the highest quality of local ingredients, a few tried-and-true methods and a little chef creativity, we can get pretty darn close,” co-owner Denis Keane said in a written statement.

The menu features 12 types of grilled sandwiches, priced between $8 and $15, including one made with beer-braised oxtail, bourbon pickles, crispy onion, chipotle and horseradish.

The Sunday Supper, a spin on the classic sloppy Joe, comes with slow-cooked pork and beef Bolognese, house-made ricotta and fresh mozzarella on Pullman bread.

And the most expensive sandwich, at $18, is Pullman’s The Lobster Man, which features poached lobster, herb butter, pickled shallots and muenster cheese on potato Pullman bread.

“It’s a homey place to get comfort food after a night at the bar,” said co-owner Carolyn Pincus.

Most of the ingredients are sourced locally, including the bread, which comes from the Upper East Side’s Orwasher’s Bakery, and the cheese, which comes from New Jersey’s Bobolink Dairy, Pincus said.

The 54-seat restaurant also offers local craft beer, wine and cocktails.

Pullman Kitchen plans to launch a late-night menu soon that would run from Thursday through Saturday until 2 a.m., Pincus said. A brunch menu of breakfast sandwiches is coming soon as well.

Pincus and co-owner Denis Keane also own The Stag’s Head and Cornerstone Tavern on the same block.

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