Right down the street from us at 1900 Broadway, Daniel Boulud has carved a little fiefdom for himself. It consists of two restaurants—Bar Boulud, which leans heavily on charcuterie, and Boulud Sud, Chef Boulud’s salute to Mediterranean Cuisine. And then there’s Epicerie Boulud right on the corner between the two. To me, Epicerie brings back memories of my time in Rome where stand-up bars are the rule rather than the exception. So every time I stop by for one of their perfect Banh Mis, I feel as if I’ve gone back to Rome and lost about thirty years in the process. At Epicerie Boulud, the gleaming marble counters are at the right height for standing with a glass of wine and whatever you fancy from the menu from breakfast til 11:00 pm. Oysters on the half shell, lobster rolls, and excellent selection of salads, sandwiches, charcuterie including the most amazing sausages which are served encased in French rolls. Among these are the spicy North African sausages, Merguez. These red beauties are made with lamb and beef, and heavily spiced with North Africa’s signature harissa, a chili based sauce, as well as other spices such as sumac, fennel, and garlic. One day this week, I decided that one lone Merguez sausage was not enough so I bought three of them and brought them home.
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