A Sandwich They’ll Finish, For Sure.
Smush sweetens traditional deli fare
New York may be saturated with delis and dessert shops, but we’re pretty certain Smush is the first to fuse the two. Serving ice cream sandwiches that look like deli classics, the Midtown shop offers specialties like “Strawberries on Rye,” “The French Chip,” and “Chocolate Covered Struben.” Each dessert-wich is made with two cookies that resemble bread; the “cheese” is actually fudge (sliced in a meat slicer), and the “meat” is 3x3 squares of vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry ice cream. Garnishes like sliced strawberries and bananas replace the usual tomato, onion, and pickle; condiments are of the marshmallow fluff and nutella ilk. Top it off with a side order of apple and pear fries. Up next: Meltz, fudge sandwiches (sans ice cream), fashioned to look like grilled cheese. They’re heated in a Panini presser and sliced on the diagonal. And to get totally deli-authentic, you can eat on a faux brownstone stoop, too.
28 W. 40th St. (bet. Fifth & Sixth Aves.)