Way back in the last millennium I was a desk jockey at an office building near Rockefeller Center, 1221 Avenue of The Americas to be precise. Lunch was always the highlight of the day and my favorite sandwiches included the cubano from Margon and bánh mì that were always worth the trek to Chinatown.
One sandwich that was never in my rotation was the French dip. It’s a beloved classic, thinly shaved roast beef served on French bread with a cup of jus for dipping. The other day I learned that Del Frisco’s—a steakhouse that occupies the very same building where I toiled away—serves a decidedly deluxe take on this lunch counter classic, one made with wagyu beef.
At $23 it is not a cheap sandwich, but it’s far less expensive than the restaurant’s wagyu tomahawk ($95) and its wagyu ribeye ($69). The thinly shaved Japanese beef is piled high on the baguette and comes with just a bit of jus on the bread and more on the side for dipping. Some might argue that such a sandwich isn’t the best use of Japanese premium beef and that may be true. All that said though it is a mighty fine sandwich, and one that I wish had been available when I was working in the area.
For dessert I had a slice of decadent six-layer lemon cake with rich butter frosting the size of a small lean-to. I managed to eat about 95 percent of it before the sugar crash took hold. Good thing I didn’t have an office to return to.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, 1221 6th Ave. 212- 575-5129