If you hear the words "chopped cheese" and think of Ted Allen introducing a challenge on a Food Network show, we've got news for you: It's actually a delicious sandwich made in NYC that you might have never heard of but definitely want in your life. And now First We Feast has just released a new documentary about this legendary sandwich.
First, let's define what the sandwich is. First We Feast noted in January that a chopped cheese is "ground beef is grilled on a flat-top with peppers, onions, and seasoning, chopped with a metal spatula, covered with cheese slices, and dressed with standard-issue condiments like lettuce, tomato, hot sauce, and mayo." While you can't buy one in every NYC bodega, it's a Harlem favorite that's inexpensive and delicious.
After the article dropped earlier this year, its legend spread way beyond its Harlem roots, with a video from Business Insider calling it NYC's answer to the Philly cheesesteak, and a $15 version of the sandwich that hotshot chef April Bloomfield debuted in her new restaurant White Gold. Both the video and Bloomfield were called out for appropriating the sandwich.