For famished clients in Purple Hook, Common Ock hits the spot.
That’s the militaristic moniker of Rahim Mohamed, a 32-year-old bodega supervisor who has develop into TikTok well-known for whipping up wild sandwiches inside Purple Hook Meals Corp at 603 Clinton St.
With a can-do perspective of “you need it, I’ll make it,” Mohamed (identified on TikTok as @rah_money1) piles uncommon objects — Pop-Tarts, mozzarella sticks, cotton sweet, Rice Krispies Treats — into sizzling sandwiches. His methodology has been dubbed the “Ocky Method,” and he’s amassed 2.4 million followers on the social media platform.
“For years, I [saw] individuals get the identical sandwiches and order all of this stuff on the aspect. I believed, ‘Why can’t I combine all of it collectively?’ ” the Canarsie resident and father of 4 instructed The Submit.
Mohamed’s nickname, Common Ock, comes from Americanized Arabic slang for “akhi,” which means “brother” in his native nation of Yemen, the place he emigrated from in 1999. In 2007, he took over the operating of his household’s bodega and ultimately began whipping up loopy sandwiches. In June 2020, after a mild push from varied relations and clients, Mohamed shared his wild menu objects on-line.
“Actually, I’m not likely a social media particular person,” he mentioned from the again nook of his humble, three-aisle bodega, which is located amongst auto-body outlets within the shadow of the BQE. However “all you see on TikTok are dances and dumb issues, so I noticed a chance.”
Due to the viral movies, clients new and previous have embraced the Ocky Method, posting difficult and oddball orders. Some go so far as to only seize objects off the bodega’s cabinets and ask that they be integrated into sandwiches.
“I ask them what they need in it and the way they really feel about sure flavors and if they’ve allergic reactions, then I’m going to work and shock them with one thing new every time,” he mentioned. “That’s the ‘Ocky Method.’ It’s an artwork.”
One requested for a bacon, egg and cheese between two danishes with cotton sweet labored in; one other referred to as for the traditional breakfast sandwich with gummy worms.
On a given weekend, Mohamed will make about 100 sandwiches the Ocky Method, and his bodega has even develop into a vacationer attraction. Earlier this week, a household visiting from San Francisco popped in to strive a breakfast of bacon, egg and cheese combined with “chopped cheese” (floor beef and cheese), mozzarella sticks, spinach and tomato.
“My daughter discovered him on TikTok and mentioned we needed to go whereas we’re in New York,” California mom Iesha Lee instructed The Submit. “He was so pleasant, and the sandwich is wonderful. I’d give it a ten.”
Though every Ocky Method nosh is personalized per order, Mohamed has a number of base objects to go off, corresponding to a $15 steak grilled cheese with bacon and mozzarella sticks; a $12 chopped cheese with mozzarella sticks, fries or hash browns sandwiched between Jamaican beef patties; and a $15 to $25 jumbo bacon, egg and cheese with hash browns that’s served on a big round waffle.
Mohamed’s newest (and arguably biggest) Ocky merchandise is “The New York Submit,” a tower of pastrami, grilled rooster, mozzarella sticks, Swiss cheese, spinach, tomatoes and candy peppers sandwiched between beef patties. At $15, it’s a hearty cut price.
The web celeb hopes to ultimately open a Manhattan storefront. Till then, followers should trek to Purple Hook to purchase his sandwiches and the Ocky Method attire objects he just lately began promoting. The bodega additionally shares antacid, however Mohamed insists it isn’t crucial together with his creations.
“Nah. You’ll by no means want any Pepto for the Ocky Method,” he mentioned. “I acquired you!”