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What are the best sandwich shops in New York City?

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michael-landas

Michael Landas

New York City

Chef de Cuisine at Boilermaker

Michael Landas

Chef de Cuisine at Boilermaker

Answer found helpful by Christian Duval and 19 others

Being a born and raised NJ guy, I thought I knew sandwiches. Jewish delis with awesome kosher dill pickles and melt-in-your-mouth pastrami, Italian delis where the ham, mortadella and mutz is endless... I've had it, I tried it, I knew all there was to know about sandwiches as much as anyone. That is, until I found out about the Meat Hook Sandwich Shop.

Two year ago I was volunteering with Delaney BBQ at the Big Apple BBQ in June in Manhattan. The day before the event began, a few of us were helping set up the booth for the weekend. As a thank you to the volunteers, Daniel Delaney brought sandwiches for everyone. Upon the first bite, my standards of what a proper sandwich can and should be were changed forever.

I remember it perfectly. The first bite of the sandwich overwhelmed me with textures and flavors so well integrated that I didn't know how to handle it. In the following bites, I experienced amazingly flavorful bread that was just chewy enough to enjoy, crispy lettuce, crunchy fried onions, a horseradish cream that was equal parts spicy, creamy, and sweet. Then there was the roast beef- melt in your mouth tenderness combined with steakhouse levels of flavor. What else would you expect from sandwiches made at the butcher shop where the meat is fabricated?

In other visits to Sandwich Shop on Loirmer, I've had both the Italian sandwich (rivals any I've had in Jersey) and the roast pork and been just as happy as the first sandwich I had those years ago. I look forward to the next time I'll be in that part of Brooklyn as I'll definitely make a stop for a sandwich.

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julie-barbera

SoCal native, freelance writer

Julie Barbera

I emailed this to my boyfriend, he will love this :) Awesome post!

Reply about 1 year ago

Caroline Choy

I got so hungry reading this. I've been on a Brooklyn binge lately so I will find a good excuse to go to this neighborhood and try this!

Reply about 1 year ago

jonah-rosen

Travel, food, family

Jonah Rosen

This was fully amazing. Only place on this list I haven't eaten at yet, and thats saying something.

Reply about 1 year ago

ashley-belin

Cheap eats to fine dining and everything in between

Ashley Belin

My favorite review of yours! Love love love!@

Reply about 1 year ago

Upvoted by David Kirschner and 10 others
1129 Broadway, New York, NY
greg-friedman

Greg Friedman

New York City

I love food. I live for food. Endulge.

Greg Friedman

I love food. I live for food. Endulge.

Answer found helpful by Liam Wager and 16 others

You could be looking for traditional or you could be looking for new trends. If you eat lunch in NYC every day and are like me; you like a variety of really good places. Num Pang is neither traditional nor super-trendy but I will tell you what they are. A trust-worthy location that has great tasting selections no matter what your mood. When I am unsure of where to go for lunch - I head to Num. Vegetarian selections, hearty food, regional flavors, all well thought out combinations. Solid spot.

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sarah-bridawitz

Coffee addict and proud

Sarah Bridawitz

I've heard so many good things about Num Pang that I'm almost embarrassed I haven't tried it yet. Do you have a favorite or a go-to sandwich here?

Reply about 1 year ago

carolin-huang

Freelance food photographer and author

Caroline Huang

You sold me on it...I will definitely be trying this out!

Reply about 1 year ago

dana-silverstein

Midwest girl, love to cook and dine out in NYC!

Dana Silverstein

Awesome writeup of this place, thanks for sharing Greg!

Reply about 1 year ago

allie-lewate

Foodie and proud

Allie Lewate

I will second this, it's one of my go-to lunch places in the area

Reply about 1 year ago

Upvoted by Maia Carey and 9 others
regina-myers-maganzini

Owner/operator of four small establishments in Carroll Gardens Brooklyn. Black Mountain Wine House, Bar San Miguel, Union Grounds and PDQ.

Regina Myers Maganzini

Owner/operator of four small establishments in Carroll Gardens Brooklyn. Black Mountain Wine House, Bar San Miguel, Union Grounds and PDQ.

Answer found helpful by Julie Farley and 17 others

This place is an old dock worker's haunt. If you're not a Brooklyn native, FDNY, or a police officer YOU WILL STAND OUT, just try not to be too annoying. Pick one of the many sandwiches that are written on the signs above the counter. All of them are outstanding. My favorite is the one with ham and eggplant. They put some of the jus from the ham on the bread as the dressing, and the fried eggplant is so thin it's practically mayonnaise. If you want to go really gluttonous, have the chicken parm. You can't go wrong with anything on this menu, but hurry up and get there because they close at 3pm. Yes 3pm. That's how much of the real deal this place is.

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dana-silverstein

Midwest girl, love to cook and dine out in NYC!

Dana Silverstein

I was so bummed when they closed the location on 3rd ave! This is a true new york sandwich, albeit slightly gluttunous.

Reply about 1 year ago

christian-duval

Lawyer, Brooklyn native, lover of authentic ethnic foods

Christian Duval

This is hands down my favorite on the list. You have definitely done them justice in your description!

Reply about 1 year ago

michael-boulos

Michael Boulos

Williamsburg

www.freeholdbrooklyn.com

Executive Chef, Freehold Brooklyn

Michael Boulos

Executive Chef, Freehold Brooklyn

Answer found helpful by Mary Krug and 6 others

I've got to second Regina's recommendation of Defonte's as my #1 sandwich joint in NYC. These boys went to high school with my parents at New Utrecht Academy in Brooklyn and you will never have a better Italian sandwich in this city. I rarely order anything but the Nicky Special at Defonte's (ham, capicolla, salami, provolone, fried eggplant, hot salad, marinated mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, oil & vinegar), but literally everything in the shop is fantastic. You can just taste the love that goes into each and every one of their items and still meet the family behind the counter. I can't say enough about these guys- but the fact that they have Manhattan Special, a super sweet, nostalgically delicious espresso soda (made in Brooklyn since 1895), is one of those little touches that really makes me smile.

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william-brasile

William Brasile

New York City

Executive Chef at Minetta Tavern

William Brasile

Executive Chef at Minetta Tavern

Answer found helpful by Liam Wager and 17 others

What makes a great sandwich? I’ll tell you what – It’s Love. You can’t fake a great sandwich, or cheap out, or slice it wrong. The ingredients are key - they should be top notch. Stoners will tell you this at 1am, Workers at 6am and Bankers at 12 noon.

When you make a sandwich there needs to be Love inside.

The choice of bread, it must be fresh and soft. Mayonnaise or the mustard or whatever goes on, the condiments are key. You get the picture. Everything in the right amount and quality. Even PB&J, we all have our preference. Amazing no?

We can put up with all sorts of discomforts when dining out, including ill prepared food and indifferent service, but sandwiches are at the top of the comfort food chain. We want it just right and know if it’s not.

Dan Ross-Leutwyler makes royal sandwiches. He builds each one with care and passion. The last I had, a Reuben, was a thing of glory, crispy buttered rye bread on the griddle, house made corned beef and sauerkraut. He has the touch with sandwiches. Actually everything he touches benefits greatly from his care. Put one from his restaurant, Fritzl's Lunch Box in Bushwick on your bucket list as soon as possible.

Fritzl's Lunch Box 173 Irving Ave Brooklyn, NY 11237

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Morgan Theriault

I can't tell you how hungry that photo made me. I loved your review for this place! Thanks for sharing!

Replies (1) 12 months ago

william-brasile

William Brasile

New York City

Executive Chef at Minetta Tavern

William Brasile

Thank you Morgan!

12 months ago

nick-phongmekin

Nick Phongmekin

New York City

Sous chef at Buddakan, NY

Nick Phongmekin

hands down the best burger I've had. I always thought they don't get enough attention. Thanks for sharing.

Reply 12 months ago

Greg Duncan

Preach! Hit the nail on the head with this one. Great recommendation!

Replies (1) 12 months ago

william-brasile

William Brasile

New York City

Executive Chef at Minetta Tavern

William Brasile

Thanks Greg!

12 months ago

Upvoted by Matthew Johnson and 6 others
ryan-byrd

Ryan Byrd

New York

https://www.instagram.com/crispybitsofawesome/

Culinary Director of Fleishers Craft Butchery

Ryan Byrd

Culinary Director of Fleishers Craft Butchery

Answer found helpful by Mangal Dev and 5 others

Big beautiful space and big beautiful sandwiches. Check out the droopy, roast beef and crispy fried onions? Yes...

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carolin-huang

Freelance food photographer and author

Caroline Huang

Is this new? I knew of the one out in BK but didn't realize there was one in Manhattan.

Replies (1) about 1 year ago

ryan-byrd

Ryan Byrd

New York

https://www.instagram.com/crispybitsofawesome/

Culinary Director of Fleishers Craft Butchery

Ryan Byrd

yup recently opened

about 1 year ago

dana-silverstein

Midwest girl, love to cook and dine out in NYC!

Dana Silverstein

It honestly made my day that they opened up in greenwich village. I'm surprised I didn't hear about this until now!

Reply about 1 year ago

jonathan-yung

Jonathan Yung

Brooklyn

www.instagram.com/jyung84

Pastry chef at Violet's Bake Shoppe

Jonathan Yung

Pastry chef at Violet's Bake Shoppe

Answer found helpful by Alyssa Heitlinger and 1 other

Do they have the classic Italian sandwich there yet? I had that sandwich at their Brooklyn location and it is just amazing. It was worth all the time they bragged on creating it.

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Upvoted by Jonathan Yung and 5 others
jared-radas

Jared Radas

New York City

https://instagram.com/jradas2126/

Sous Chef at Marea

Jared Radas

Sous Chef at Marea

Answer found helpful by Amy Ettenborough and 20 others

I must start this by saying that this is not the first time I have written about Cheeky's, nor will it probably be my last. The distinctive southern-vibe melds New Orleans Po Boys, Zapp's Chips, and Cafe du Monde coffee with other southern favorites such as the fried chicken on a biscuit, complete with pickled cabbage and gravy. While most of their offerings are meat and seafood based, they do have a vegetarian option for the more selective eaters. Open somewhat early to somewhat late, it's a great spot anytime of the day!

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dana-silverstein

Midwest girl, love to cook and dine out in NYC!

Dana Silverstein

The fried chicken on a biscuit is bomb. I ate two the last time I was here and could probably have had two more. Glad they are on this list!

Reply about 1 year ago

jess-wang

Jess Wang

New York City

Food writer and lover of all things chocolate

Jess Wang

This would definitely be my number 1 on this list. I've only had the chicken sandwich though so might be time to try one of those po boys!

Reply about 1 year ago

jonathan-yung

Jonathan Yung

Brooklyn

www.instagram.com/jyung84

Pastry chef at Violet's Bake Shoppe

Jonathan Yung

Found this place too a few years back. It's so easy to miss and I still need to keep an eye out for it every time I pass down the block!

Reply 12 months ago

Upvoted by Jonathan Yung and 5 others
205 East Houston Street, New York, NY
scott-reiner

Independent Wine Consultant

Scott Reiner

Independent Wine Consultant

Answer found helpful by Jeremy Peterson and 9 others

It may sound obvious, but you can never forget the old school. Perfect pastrami, on what admittedly could be better rye bread, with pickles (two kinds!). Go at off hours to avoid the tourists, but this is a place to go at least once a year.

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sarah-bridawitz

Coffee addict and proud

Sarah Bridawitz

This will always be my number 1. The pastrami is insane. It seems almost like sacrilege to knock any aspect of the sandwiches but I agree with you they could do better on the bread.

Reply about 1 year ago

Upvoted by David Kirschner and 4 others
liam-wager

Liam Wager

New York City

Manager at Blue Ribbon Federal Grill

Liam Wager

Manager at Blue Ribbon Federal Grill

Answer found helpful by Dara Eskandari and 19 others

This deli is the number one (if not only) reason I ever go to New Jersey. They make their own mozzarella in house and it's so light it's like a cloud of cheese and on Thursdays and Saturdays (the only days worth going) they roast their own roast beef. You walk in, pull a crunchy, dry Italian style hero out and bring it to the counter. You tell them roast beef, mozz and peppers. Then you tell them to take it for a dip. They add a generous layer of their fresh, delicate roast beef down, lay down a second layer consisting of their incredible mozzarella and then put down some spicy garlic picked red peppers. Then they close the sandwich and walk over to the tray they used to collect all of the drippings from the roast beef and submerge the entire sandwich. This sandwich is in it's own league. It's also close enough to the water that you can walk over to the park and enjoy your sandwich with a clear view of Manhattan.

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ashley-belin

Cheap eats to fine dining and everything in between

Ashley Belin

My friend just moved to Hoboken I will send him here...and of course stop by myself when I'm out to visit!

Reply 12 months ago

dara-eskandari

Life is uncertain, eat dessert first.

Dara Eskandari

This looks like a serious sandwich. Awesome review of this place!

Reply 12 months ago

Upvoted by Jonathan Yung and 4 others
248 Mulberry Street, New York, NY
lacey-burke

Ruinart Brand Ambassador

Lacey Burke

Ruinart Brand Ambassador

Answer found helpful by Samantha Butler and 15 others

Truly the best chicken parm the city has to offer! You can go veg with the eggplant parm, also a seriously delicious option, or do a classic roasted turkey. All while enjoying a house beet negroni! The calamari is super legit or indulge your inner child with the world's greatest Mozzarella sticks!

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kerry-smith

Kerry Smith

New York

When life gives you limes, just add tequila

Kerry Smith

I love everything about Parm. A seriously underrated restaurant!

Reply about 1 year ago

kaylee-simmons

I'm on a seefood diet. I see food, and I eat it.

Kaylee Simmons

What's pictured there, is that the chicken parm? Looks amazing!

Reply about 1 year ago

jenny-lee

Jenny Lee

NYC

HTTPS://Instagram.com/pastrylovejen

Pastry Chef, Entrepenuer, Positivity

Jenny Lee

Pastry Chef, Entrepenuer, Positivity

So dope!

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liam-wager

Liam Wager

New York City

Manager at Blue Ribbon Federal Grill

Liam Wager

Manager at Blue Ribbon Federal Grill

Answer found helpful by Daniela Garcia and 8 others

Some people might get upset that I'm sharing this but I don't think it's fair for Sunny and Annie's deli on Avenue B in the East Village to not be mentioned on a best sandwich shops list. This is the kind of place the guy who's been living in the East Village for the last 20 years, that you just moved in with straight out of college, takes you to help make you a real East Villager. Everything from their very small sandwich counter is great. This is a no frills deli where you can order all the NYC classics, build your own sandwich, or order one of their signatures but what sets it apart is that they truly take the time and energy to make your sandwich great. They take great care to carry quality ingredients, they build their sandwiches with love and are without a doubt a true East Village institution. I got talking about this place with a local at a bar one night and he confessed that his favorite sandwich here was a Chicken Parm Hero, Extra Cheese, with Pickled Jalapenos and Chicken Salad. We left to the bar to get one because I was intrigued. It was great. We've been friends ever since and that sandwich has become my go to as well.

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gerardo-rodriguez

NYC bartender & specialty cocktail creationist

Gerardo Rodriguez

Props to this place, great to see it on the list. Holds its own against every other place on here!

Reply 11 months ago

daniela-garcia

If you like it then you shoulda put sriracha on it

Daniela Garcia

I love these little hidden gems, there are a ton of them around the East Village. I will definitely be stopping by here for a sammY!

Reply 11 months ago

Upvoted by Caroline Henderson and 3 others
daniel-sullivan

executive chef Bartaco Westport

Daniel Sullivan

executive chef Bartaco Westport

Answer found helpful by Tyler Pang and 16 others

So where to begin about Shorty's. The original location in Hell's Kitchen is still my favorite just for the shear grittiness and people watching, but they now have 4 others in Manhattan. They offer a petty straight forward South Philly menu. It is well known for is fantastic cheese steak (wiz witout for me) and Italian fries. That sandwich will have you wondering why you haven't made cheese whiz a staple of your diet before, so bad but oh so good! The unexpected gem from here though are the "special" style sandwiches which come with garlicky broccoli rabe and sharp provolone cheese, You can choose from steak, chicken or my favorite the roasted pork, top that with some roasted Italian long hot peppers and you have heaven in a bite. The seasoned Italian fries are garlicky goodness. To wash it all down and hopefully hide your breath they offer a large variety of craft beer and bourbons!

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ashley-belin

Cheap eats to fine dining and everything in between

Ashley Belin

Hooray for Shorty's! I love these guys, so glad to see them on RoundTable! Great review for them

Reply 12 months ago

dana-silverstein

Midwest girl, love to cook and dine out in NYC!

Dana Silverstein

I'm pretty excited to check out the cheese steak here, and I know my boyfriend will be too!

Replies (1) 12 months ago

daniel-sullivan

executive chef Bartaco Westport

Daniel Sullivan

I am excited for you both!!!

12 months ago

Upvoted by Jonathan Yung and 3 others
3432 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY
bobby-severini

Bobby Severini

Brooklyn

https://www.linkedin.com/in/bobbyseverini

High-end Caterer using restaurants as my R&D

Bobby Severini

High-end Caterer using restaurants as my R&D

Answer found helpful by Greg Duncan and 9 others

This is NOT a sandwich shop per se, as they have a very limited menu. However, this is hands down the best Roast Beef Sandwich in all of NY. They've even been featured on Man vs. Food Carnivore Edition. I'm old school and go for the beef, no cheese, dipped...FNK (fork-n-knife) style, tap beer and some fries. The au jus bread and delicate beef literally melts in your mouth! If you're really hungry, you gotta get the Garguilo Burger! It's a cheeseburger topped with roast beef...insanely delicious! When I want a sandwich, this is where I go! (They also serve kid friendly items and a really good pie a la mode).

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dara-eskandari

Life is uncertain, eat dessert first.

Dara Eskandari

Cheeseburger with roast beef sounds absolutely sinful. I love it!

Reply 12 months ago

sheila-mayo

Coffee addict and world traveler

Sheila Mayo

The picture looks al ittle funky but otherwise, sounds great! Lol

Reply 12 months ago

bobby-severini

Bobby Severini

Brooklyn

https://www.linkedin.com/in/bobbyseverini

High-end Caterer using restaurants as my R&D

Bobby Severini

High-end Caterer using restaurants as my R&D

If you get it DIPPED; outrageous!

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Answer found helpful by Brooklyn Campbell and 17 others

I'm born and raised in Brooklyn. I've moved around a lot through out the borough. But if there is anything that I feel passionate for in this borough aside from my taste in pizza; it's the Roast Beef Special at The Original John's Deli. It's a can't miss. It's a hero with warm roast beef, fresh mozzarella, softly cooked onions and brown gravy. The bread is crispy and soft on the inside. The roast beef pairs nice with the fresh mozzarella on top layered with onions and a savory brown gravy.

Mostly locals come here. Others skip over it because L&B Spumoni Gardens (which is one of the best squares in the city.) is a few blocks away on the 25th Avenue D stop. But I implore you to stop in for one of these you won't regret it. I would also recommend the Chicken Parmesan Hero as a side note.

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alex-wu

Originally from Shenzhen region of China, living in NYC for 4+ years

Alex Wu

Thanks for sharing this I really enjoyed your review! This is what I always want to know are the sandwich shops and pizza places the locals go to out in brooklyn and queens.

Reply about 1 year ago

kate-phillips

Foodie, Travel Lover, Deloitte Consultant

Kate Liou

Oh my gerd....that warm roast beef looks incredible. This was great!

Reply about 1 year ago

Brooklyn Campbell

Amazing! Are there any other recommended sandwiches besides the roast beef or is that the go to here?

Reply about 1 year ago

Upvoted by David Kirschner and 3 others
sydney-willcox

Sydney Willcox

New York City

Culinary Manager at The Brooklyn Kitchen

Sydney Willcox

Culinary Manager at The Brooklyn Kitchen

Answer found helpful by Chua Sang and 6 others

Best bahn mi in the city. Simple, delicious, reliable- all the best things in a sandwich. Can't beat the intensity of the flavor, the crunch of the fresh pickles and herbs or the chew of the toasty bread... also cant beat the price!

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abby-swain

Pastry chef at Craft, Craftbar

Abby Swain

Pastry chef at Craft, Craftbar

Answer found helpful by Christian Duval and 8 others

The Dennis; chicken cutlet on a hero with fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, tomatoes, and balsamic vinegar.

The Parisi family has owned and operated the bakery since 1903. It's a solid, no frills deli that bakes their own bread daily. There is usually a line but its moves fast and is worth the wait.

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christian-duval

Lawyer, Brooklyn native, lover of authentic ethnic foods

Christian Duval

Wow I walk by here all the time but haven't really tried it. I will definitely be doing The Dennis at some point this week!

Reply about 1 year ago

Upvoted by Kathleen Jacobs and 3 others
jonathan-yung

Jonathan Yung

Brooklyn

www.instagram.com/jyung84

Pastry chef at Violet's Bake Shoppe

Jonathan Yung

Pastry chef at Violet's Bake Shoppe

Answer found helpful by Christian Duval and 14 others

If you want a different take from the usual deli pastrami sandwich, check out the one at Harry & Ida's. They do their own unique spin on making pastrami that is very peppery and falls apart in your mouth (hand sliced -- the way I like my pastrami). The sandwich is loaded with dill and buttermilk cucumbers, and the dill may turn some people off. I think this sandwich is good enough that it deserves a chance with the dill-haters. The shop is pretty small but if you're lucky you can score a spot by the window and feel sorry for the people passing by staring at your delicious looking sandwich.

The only downside is that you're paying the same price for a Katz pastrami sandwich ($17) so it really comes down to your own personal preference for pastrami. It's really a "classic traditional" vs "new and original." They do offer a smaller version of the pastrami sandwich for $11, but I leave that decision up to you on what size you would rather commit to.

I also hear their smoked eel sandwich is pretty amazing. Please let me know what you think of it if you get it!

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shiloh-jackson

Lawyer, craft beer aficianado

Shiloh Jackson

That photo totally blew my mind / made me exceedingly hungry. I'm getting a serious craving!

Reply about 1 year ago

carolin-huang

Freelance food photographer and author

Caroline Huang

Despite all the classics on this list Harry & Ida's is my favorite. You did them justice with your review!

Reply about 1 year ago

dana-silverstein

Midwest girl, love to cook and dine out in NYC!

Dana Silverstein

Yeah 17 is a bit steep but if it's on par with katz it sounds like one of those things you gotta try at least once!

Replies (1) about 1 year ago

jonathan-yung

Jonathan Yung

Brooklyn

www.instagram.com/jyung84

Pastry chef at Violet's Bake Shoppe

Jonathan Yung

Agreed, let me know which pastrami you prefer more. I noticed that a lot of sandwich places like Mile End, Harry and Ida's and Katz charge a lot more for their sandwiches since they make their own meats.

about 1 year ago

nick-phongmekin

Nick Phongmekin

New York City

Sous chef at Buddakan, NY

Nick Phongmekin

Sous chef at Buddakan, NY

Answer found helpful by Katie Winslow and 7 others

Their pastrami sandwich took a new spin on the old fashion, and I haven't been able to look back since. The buttermilk cured cucumber and dill complement their tender yet toothsome pastrami like peanut butter and jelly. They also have smoked eel sandwich with spiced kale and horseradish cream which is a great addition.
Although the sandwiches are great, you might have a hard time finding a seat during rush time since they only have stools by the window.

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99 Rivington St, New York, NY
tali-dalbaha

Sommelier

Tali Dalbaha

Sommelier

Answer found helpful by Nate Diggs and 8 others

I love this place and it’s open late night! This is my favorite wrap in the LES and in NYC, they make the dough fresh by order in front of you and the mix of ingredients is unbelievable one of my favorite is the Pink Moon- Grilled shrimps wrapped in a beet & chia seeds dough, bean sprout slaw, charcoal grill asparagus , pickled jalapeño, fried pickles and awesome coconut vanilla sauce, finally healthy and delicious food! One of their well known wrap is the Brothers Grimm with grilled chicken wrapped in chestnut & chili dough freshly made with pickled shiitake mushroom, plantain chips and chipotle aioli - so goooood, vegetarian & carnivores delight- you will be back for more ;-)

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david-kirschner

David Kirschner

Hoboken

dineDK.com

Founder and Executive Chef at dineDK Private Dining

David Kirschner

Founder and Executive Chef at dineDK Private Dining

Answer found helpful by Rebecca Xiao and 15 others

The quintessential NYC sandwich was perfected a long time ago at this LES staple. Russ and Daughters has been serving handcrafted sandwiches since 1914 and eating there connects you with the history of a part of NYC that has all but disappeared. Your choice starts with a bagel or a bialy then the mind-blowing world of cured fish and caviar is open to you. Most sandwiches have a base of cream cheese then the fish is piled high. A Classic, a Heebster, a Mensch, or make your own up, you literally can't go wrong or experience better cured fish anywhere else.

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julie-farley

Freelance food writer, editor

Julie Farley

That photo made me ridiculously hungry. Yum! I haven't been here in a long time but its high time to go back.

Reply 12 months ago

Rebecca Xiao

Incredible description. Really enjoyed this thank you!

Reply 12 months ago

daniel-sullivan

executive chef Bartaco Westport

Daniel Sullivan

When I get down that wY I always go super hungry, I start early at Russ & Daughter with a smoked sable and goat cream cheese on an everything bagel. I then walk for a bit and do lunch a Katzs it is a truly glutinous day worthy of the calories!

Reply 11 months ago

Upvoted by Gary Fall and 2 others
shaun-mehtani

New Jersey Restaurant Association 2013 Restaurateur of the Year, New York native, New York University, Dartmouth College,

Shaun Mehtani

New Jersey Restaurant Association 2013 Restaurateur of the Year, New York native, New York University, Dartmouth College,

Answer found helpful by Michal Rosenn and 9 others

If a sandwich is about the simplicity of the ingredients than Arcade bakery is definitely your go to spot. No heavy sauces to make the lacking flavors. Just a few very good ingredients!

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neha-patel

Neha Patel

New York City

Event Coordinator, I research great places to eat for a living

Neha Patel

Wow, that sandwich looks legit!

Reply about 1 year ago

alex-wu

Originally from Shenzhen region of China, living in NYC for 4+ years

Alex Wu

One of the few places on this list I haven't tried yet. The bread looks incredible, and I'm all for sandwiches that keep things simple.

Reply about 1 year ago

Upvoted by Jenny Lee
jenny-lee

Jenny Lee

NYC

HTTPS://Instagram.com/pastrylovejen

Pastry Chef, Entrepenuer, Positivity

Jenny Lee

Pastry Chef, Entrepenuer, Positivity

Gramercy tavern's Deal for Sandwich and soup. They serve this for lunch, I used to go there all the time with my friends and order a bunch of dishes to share. They always have a sandwich on their menu. It's quite delicious and they change it up! All their meats are house smoked. Very very delicious! Also I am not sure if they still have nancy silvertons peanut butter semifreddo, but if they do, must must get!

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