Broadway Bites: Charlito’s Cocina

Charlito's Corner of Broadway Bites

Charlito’s Corner of Broadway Bites

Highlights: Salty goodness all around.

Lowlights: So insanely overpriced.

As a resident of the midtown food truck dead zone, I rarely get rich lunch options without having to venture at least a mile out of my way. Needless to say I was ecstatic when I first heard about Broadway Bites, a new pop-up food market located in Greeley Square. After a very short walk, I was inundated with a host of radically different food options for me to choose from. Almost randomly I ended up at the Charlito’s Cocina tent drooling over some salami sandwiches. The decision was pretty much made for me.

A Meaty Menu

A Meaty Menu

Food: 3.75/5

Charlito’s is primarily an artisan salami purveyor that sells their cold cuts to a slew of different craft markets in the NYC area including Eataly [Flatiron District]. They take a step back every once in a while to present their meats in sandwich form at assorted markets, which is why I found them at Broadway Bites.

The sandwich was a salty wonder, featuring a flood of briny bites throughout. I opted for the “hot spicy mess” which featured spicy salami, chorizo, mozzarella, and olive tapenade. The bread had a nice char on it, and the crispiness helped create a sandwich that I would definitely recommend. You could tell the cold cuts inside weren’t your run of the mill store bought variety. They had exceptional flavors that really shone through nicely. Perhaps my favorite part of the meal was the olive tapenade, bringing beautiful diced olives into the mix.

While I did enjoy the flavors of the sandwich, I found the lacking ratios to be disheartening. There were several bites that were straight bread, and the small amount of meat involved was definitely not ideal. While I was pleased overall with my choice, there were definitely a few kinks to work out.

Salty Shangri-la

Salty Shangri-la

Price: 2/5

My sandwich was THIRTEEN DOLLARS. For a sandwich. Just a sandwich. A relatively small one at that. I must have been under some kind of meaty hypnosis to have agreed to paying this exorbitant price. While I expect the standard market inflation, this was definitely pushing the outer limits of it.

Service: 3.75/5

Luckily, I hit the market on a slow day where lines were pretty much non existent. The sandwich was crafted within a few minutes, and the majority of my time at the market was spent looking for a table, not waiting for my food. I was happy with the service at this booth.

Presentation: 3.75/5

A full victim of meaty hypnosis, I was mesmerized when I received my order. The sandwich looked amazing, complete with overflowing gooey mozz. Charlitos did a nice diagonal cut on this thing, and overall a very good job presenting it.


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