There’s a new sandwich in town.
Jacob Van Horn, a new Brooklynite by way of North Carolina, has opened Van Horn Sandwich Shop on Court Street in Cobble Hill, jumping into a borough whose heartburned history includes giant Italian heroes at John’s in Bensonhurst, sublime panelle specials at Ferdinando’s Focacceria in Carroll Gardens, juicy and crispy Cubans at Pedro’s in DUMBO, and the smoked meat stunners at Mile End in Boerum Hill.
Van Horn knew what he was getting into.
“I know what I’m up against and I know the history,” said the sandwich maestro, who said he has perfected his recipes in the two years since he left an architecture job at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.
“I had to open my shop because I just could not get the fried chicken sandwich that I wanted.”
That sandwich ($12) is a new American classic: A long, deeply Southern fried crescent of juicy breast meat, topped with slaw and lightly brined pickles, and piled onto a roll from Caputo’s bakery down the block.
The menu also includes a North Carolina-style vinegary pulled pork sandwich ($10) and a fried catfish hero ($11).
Sandwiches are the main attraction at Van Horn, but only a fool would pass up the mac and cheese ($6), which is named after an old family friend from back home, but bears no relation to something that came out of a Piggly Wiggly (the wide lasagna noodles and three cheeses are but two clues).
“Our approach is going to be, ‘Simple, simple, simple,’” said Van Horn, who owns the joint with chef Rick Hauchman. “We want people to come to Cobble Hill and say, ‘You gotta eat one of these sandwiches.’ ”
Van Horn [231 Court St. between Warren and Baltic streets in Cobble Hill, (718) 596-9707]. Closed Mondays.
©2011 Community News Group
By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:
You agree that you, and not BrooklynPaper.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to BrooklynPaper.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.