Six years in the making, quirky sandwich shop Byggyz — from renowned molecular gastronomy chef Wylie Dufresne’s dad Dewey Dufresne — has opened on the Lower East Side.
It’s a streamlined operation with just four sandwiches on the menu, of which the signature is the “byggybeef” with braised beef short rib, American cheese, hot peppers, pickled vegetables, pomegranate demi-glace, and “Xxollent sauce,” which is just mayo, mustard, and sweet peppers. There’s also a pork, turkey, and tuna take; the full menu is below.
Naturally, Wylie is taking part in this launch and has created an ice cream sandwich for his father using doughnuts from his toddler Williamsburg shop Du’s. It’s two cake doughnuts with marmalade-flavored ice cream, Grub Street reports.
Dewey’s been in the sandwich business for years. The sandwich aficionado opened a shop called Joe’s in 1969 and then 71 Clinton Fresh Food, where Wylie worked. Dewey first debuted the byggybeef at the San Gennaro festival back in 2011. He didn’t secure this space until 2015, and since then, the shop has faced construction and permitting delays in the last two-and-a-half years.
Finally, Byggyz opened today from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., with more regular hours to come.