In 2016, a former Fortina chef went out on his own to open a sandwich shop in Eastchester. While that doesn’t sound like big news, it actually is. These sandwiches, deliciously composed and made to order with high quality ingredients, are insanely good. We were fans of Mason Sandwich Co. from its earliest days and after revisiting more recently, I can definitively say that the word is out on how good these sammies are.
The Vibe at Mason
Mason Sandwich may seem to be a simple take out and counter service sandwich shop in Eastchester, New York. But the crowds inside immediately tell you that this is a special place.
As a counter service spot, Mason is very popular for a quick bite, particularly for meals with children. But it also has a (beer and wine) liquor license, milkshakes and TVs, so don’t be dissuaded from making it a more leisurely meal, either.
Even for its in-house orders, Mason utilizes a computer kiosk ordering system, very similar to the ones installed in my local McDonald’s recently (I have kids, after all)!
Simply approach a kiosk, select your menu items - don’t worry, the kiosk allows you to make menu substitutions and changes like “hold the tomato” - and when you are finished, the kiosk will give your order to both the kitchen and cashier staff computers. This way, as you’re paying with the cashier staff, the kitchen staff will simultaneously begin prepping your food. It’s quite an ingenious operation and bet I’ll start to see these kiosks in many other casual restaurants.
The Food at Mason
The menu at Mason Sandwich contains about a dozen really well designed and delicious, mostly hot sandwiches. Each sandwich is made with care - even a different type of bread is used depending on the sandwich - and with quality ingredients. This is no neighborhood deli.
I usually have an incredibly difficult time deciding between the Fishwich (crispy wild Atlantic pollack, tartar sauce, lettuce, tomato on brioche) and the Chickwich (buttermilk fried chicken, spicy maple and house pickles). They are both so perfect and so “my style.” On our visit last week, I ended up ADDING the Mason Burger (two 4 oz. house blend patties, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, cheese, special sauce and served with fries) to my order after the fact, because I was legit salivating watching someone else eating it.
My husband considers the “53rd and 6th” - a tribute to Manhattan’s original Halal Guys - to be the money move. It is described as being NYC cart-style chicken, white yogurt sauce, harissa, lettuce, tomato and onion on a hero. The Steak and Cheese sandwich looks really intriguing for my next visit.
Most sandwiches at Mason come with hand-cut potato chips. An order of fries or healthier options like Beets with Goat Cheese and Hazelnuts or Marinated Kale Salad, make for good family-style side dish add-ins. On the subject of healthier items, Mason also offers several entree-sized salads, as well as plates like Brown Rice Bowls and Flank Steak Bowls (but c’mon, you came for the sandwiches, right?). There are also usually soups on the menu, and a daily special or two.
And Mason wants to make sure their little guests are satisfied, too. Six menu items are offered on the Mason Kids Menu, from a Turkey Sandwich with American cheese and mayo on country white bread to Chicken Nuggets or PB&J.
The Drive To Mason
Like its super yummy neighbor, Burrata Wood Fired Pizza (seriously, Eastchester, you rock!), Mason Sandwich is not particularly close to my house. But food this good is very much worth a 25 minute drive to us and I think it should be for you, too. Mason Sandwich is the real deal- and judging by how busy it was on our last visit, I don’t think I’m the only one who feels this way.
Mason Sandwich Co. is located at 33 Mill Road in Eastchester, NY. Hours are Monday to Thursday and Sundays from 11am to 8pm. Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 9pm.