A Sandwich a Day: Z’Tuna at Lamazou

In this great city of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that’s what we’ll do. Here’s A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around New York. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.


[Photograph: Craig Cavallo]

The C-list cast of characters, i.e. wilted lettuce and pale tomato, make a cameo on the Z’Tuna sandwich ($5.99, half) at Lamazou, but what can easily turn into another tired rendition of tuna salad is avoided here with bright Mediterranean flavors. The fatty combination of tuna and mayo is cut with a spicy, smoky harissa. The North African condiment is a favorite of ours, and its heat and complexity works wonders with lightly seasoned tuna salad.

A thick smear of olive paste brings out more of the Mediterranean. It’s a delightfully salty spread, and its soft texture matches that of the harissa and tuna salad. For contrast, chopped cornichons add a refreshing, briny crunch. The bread was a little tough for the delicate filling, but the well thought out combination of ingredients reinstates our love for the classic sandwich filler.


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