Popular Los Angeles sandwich maker E Stretto is headed to NYC, and is opening up a counter inside beloved Long Island City cocktail bar Dutch Kills, at 27-24 Jackson Avenue near Dutch Kills Street. Troppo Stretto — the name of the NYC outpost — is set to open July 1 for takeout and outdoor dining.
“We’re trying to execute what we’ve already done in LA in New York,” says Joel Miller, the chef and co-owner of the sandwich shop. “We hope to expand once things calm down a little.”
For now, Troppo Stretto will offer a pared down version of the sandwich shop’s full menu but LA favorites like Ill Papa, which comes with three kinds of sliced meats, manchego cheese, and house-made giardiniera; the Deli Boy with mortadella, mustard, and pepper jack cheese; and the Spicy Salami with a Calabrian chile spread, arugula, and chives are all on the menu in NYC.
“We’re not trying to invent the sandwich game here,” says Dave Fernie, Miller’s partner in the sandwich shop. “We don’t add any vanity ingredients, we just make sure everything tastes great and is seasoned properly.”
In addition to the sandwiches and a handful of salad option, Troppo Stretto is also planning a brunch service with some breakfast sandwiches and burritos, though it might be a few weekends before that gets underway.
Following the start of the pandemic, Miller and Fernie initially thought to push back the sandwich shop’s opening to early next year, but with the experience of working at the LA outpost during these past few months, they felt confident they could move forward in NYC. With the Dutch Kills bar’s plans to expand into the upstairs space, part of the ground floor space will serve as a dedicated venue for Troppo Stretto.
The sandwich shop — which launched in Downtown LA in early 2019 — takes over from another popular sandwich spot located at Dutch Kills, Hendu’s. Troppo Stretto will be open daily from 11 a.m. until food runs out, and Miller says the first 100 customers on July 1 will get free sandwiches. Brunch will start in the near future.