Animals & Martha Craft Stunning Sandwiches | Tasting Table NYC

Animals and Brooklyn Sandwich Society craft stunning sammies

Are there limitations to what can be transformed into a sandwich filling?

Two new spots, one in the East Village and the other in Fort Greene, prove the answer is a resounding, mighty delicious "no."

Animals: This next-door project from the boys behind The Wayland is most excellent. It expands the hours (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) during which it's possible to drink The Wayland's cocktails (hello, daytime drinking!), and also introduces sandwiches as gratifying and zany as the drinks on the cocktail menu. Baloney sandwiches hit the major league with crunchy-fried mortadella slices ($9) shoehorned into a baguette with cheese spread made from leftover cheese nubs and peppadew peppers. Do add a fried egg ($2), a perky side of Brussels sprout-green apple slaw ($5), and a smoky root beer infused with pasilla chiles ($4). 138 Ave. C (at E. Ninth St.); 212-777-7022 or

Brooklyn Sandwich Society (This restaurant is now called Martha): A vegetarian sandwich never oozed so lovingly with fat as the Clermont–roasted Maitake mushroom stacked onto ciabatta with lacinato kale, parsley aioli and blue cheese ($14). Don't let the restaurant's name fool you: What started as a supper club has morphed into a full-fledged restaurant with bigger plates, and a nightly pie, too ($5). 184 Dekalb Ave. (at Carlton Ave.), Brooklyn; 718-596-4147 or