I don't always eat a sandwich the size of my own skull. But when I do, I prefer the Puma, a hand-held smörgåsbord named after its creator's favorite Mexican soccer team—Mexico City's Pumas.
On a sunny afternoon in Queens, Galdino Molinero invited me into his truck to photograph the making of an epic sandwich. He's the owner of Corona mainstay Tortas Neza, which serves some of the best sandwiches on this side of the Rio Grande; a clear standout in stye and substance from the mass of antojitos carts and taco trucks parked all along Roosevelt Avenue.
The 8th Annual Vendy Awards are almost here, landing on Governor's Island on September 15th for a day of celebrating New York's street vendors—and stuffing ourselves silly on some of the best street food the city has to offer. All week we're posting videos about the finalists. Up today: Tortas Neza in Corona!
Anyone who's been to Queens-based Mexican food truck Tortas Neza knows that it stands at the intersection of fútbol and good food. This episode of 1 Minute Meal is a tribute to that overlap, and to the moment of celebration when your oversized, painstakingly assembled sandwich hits the counter, informing you that those dinner plans will have to be postponed.
There's something uniquely comforting about a big, hefty sandwich, and New York might have the world's greatest supply. But only a few can be described as super-mega-massively-Dagwood-Bumstead-esque comically large, and fewer still that actually taste good beneath their heft. When such a sandwich comes along, we believe it deserves some recognition.