Hungarian ToastOn the long list of New York’s culinary hybrids, how about this one: French-Japanese sandwich-shop–teahouse? Thé Adoré occupies an adorable two-story building that formerly housed a turn-of-the-century printing press. Upstairs you can take tea in civilized fashion, choosing among several varieties including hoji-cha and genmai. Downstairs in the cramped izakaya-style kitchen, the Japanese staff turns out an inspired array of sandwiches, for which stylish students (from nearby Parsons and the New School) line up at lunch.

Our pick is the Hungarian Toast ($8). It sounds exotic but its components are familiar: salami, cheese, and pickles on a baguette—like a European version of the sandwich Cubano. A very sharp Cheddar cheese complements the Hungarian salami, which is slightly sweet and more moist than its Italian cousin. But the coup here comes with the cornichons pickles; they are thinly sliced and laid over the meat. After years of trying to figure out how to make that old dill spear last for the whole sandwich, now this place has finally solved the riddle. For a healthier option, there is also the refreshingly crunchy Fresh Vegetable sandwich, which combines avocado, tomato, cucumber, alfafa, and lettuce ($6). Any of the offerings make a good picnic for Union Square, just around the corner.