El Chivito D’Oro
84-02 37th Avenue, Jackson Heights

When visiting Uruguay last summer, I fell in love with their national sandwich, the chivito. I have been thinking about this meat-fest ever since and luckily, living in NYC, there is usually an authentic version pretty close by. The chivito is usually made of thin slices of beef, mayonnaise, black or green olives, mozzarella, tomatoes, bacon, fried or hardboiled eggs and ham on a large round roll. Check out my post on the best version in Uruguay and Anthony Bourdain’s clip on No Reservations. This makes sense since the Uruguayans eat more meat per capita than any country in the world.

Of course Jackson Heights is the place for the aptly named El Chivito D’Oro. This joint is so authentic that their website is only in Spanish. The Chivito al Pan packs a punch for $7.50 with steak, ham, bacon, fried egg, lettuce, mayo, tomato and cheese all between the buns, along with the killer chimichurri sauce. While the toppings are not quite as good as the Montevideo version, if you feel protein deprived, this is for you. And if you are still hungry, order the Chivito al Plato ($13.50) which is a deconstructed version along with fries AND potato salad, and a little vegetable salad to make you feel slightly better about yourself. I noticed on the menu that there is a Chivito D’Oro for $19.50, but I can’t imagine what that could be? A side of chicken, cow and pig with a dozen eggs perhaps? Oh, those wacky Uruguayans!!!

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