Chicken Sandwiches: Cheeky Sandwiches

Date: 1/2/2017

Borough: Manhattan

Address: 35 Orchard Street

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What we ordered: 

  • Fried Chicken Sandwich
  • Shrimp Po’Boy

Cost (post-tax, pre-tip): $16.33

The scores:

Ratings (1-10) Rob Missy
Taste 7.25 7.25
Presentation 7 7
Setting 7.5 7.5
Value 7 7
Overall 7 7

Ryan comments:

We were able to stash Ryan in the stroller/car seat under a counter without her being in the way. She cried a couple of times but not too loud at all.

Ryan’s Report Card (1-10): 8

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General Comments:

Cheeky Sandwiches is a very small spot in the Lower East Side without too much space inside. Not ideal for a stroller but we made do without much of a problem. It’s a very open kitchen which we both liked. There is one server/cashier and another person cooking. The server was extremely nice and accommodating, and apologized for the wait which really wasn’t bad at only 10 minutes. He offered to bring us water while we waited. There’s a counter with some stools to sit at along with one table in the front, so it’s pretty cramped. There was a bathroom at the back of the restaurant but neither of us used it.

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Cheeky is clearly going for a NOLA feel with a southern-inspired menu and even Cafe Du Monde coffee canisters placed throughout (along with also serving chicory coffee). They have a small selection of sandwiches on their menu board:

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The Po’Boy comes in 1/2 shrimp and 1/2 oyster but we went full shrimp since both of us dislike oysters. It was just okay, neither of us were big fans. It didn’t compare much to an actually New Orleans Po’Boy and just felt like a fried shrimp sandwich. The picture doesn’t really give you a good sense of scale but it was a small sandwich – the two pieces together were probably the equivalent of a 6″ sub.

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We also got the fried chicken sandwich which was much better. It’s served on a biscuit with some purple cabbage and gravy on it.

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It was pretty messy to eat and the piece of chicken on it was a little small relative to the size of the biscuit. This left Rob’s mouth with a “bad biscuit-to-chicken ratio.” It was still enjoyable, though.

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Here’s the two sandwiches together:

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At the end of our meal the server came around giving every table some “Ben-Yays,” their cute nickname for another NOLA favorite, beignets. This was a nice gesture but these also seemed like a far cry from their original counterparts. These were basically zeppole or just little fried donut holes, but obviously that’s not a bad thing!

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Overall this was an okay meal but probably wouldn’t be high on our list of places to return to or to recommend. Melissa would probably be even less likely to go back since the menu was pretty unhealthy and not something she’d normally eat.

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