10 Essential NYC Sandwiches That Aren’t the Pastrami at Katz’s
No one values convenience more than a New Yorker. But that doesn’t mean our grab-and-go lunch can’t be the best meal of the day. And while our love for a certain iconic deli's signature offering is well-documented, there are tons of other incredible sandwiches worthy of your midday meal. Here are ten we love.
Pinocchio at Alidoro
You really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu at this classic spot, but we’re partial to this beauty, piled high with prosciutto, sopressata, sweet peppers, fresh mozzarella and olive spread.
Multiple locations in Manhattan; alidoronyc.com
Hot Roast Beef from Defonte’s
This legendary shop turns 95 (!) this year, so you know it's got its sandwich-making down to a science, from the perfectly chewy bread to the crispy fried eggplant. Pro tip: Nicky’s hot salad (a spicy blend of pickled veggies) makes a good addition to everything on the menu.
Locations in Brooklyn and Staten Island; defontesofbrooklyn.com
Turkey Club at Court Street Grocers
Picking a favorite sandwich from this beloved spot is like picking a favorite child. But we have to give props to the turkey club, which takes a usually ho-hum sandwich to OMG heights, thanks to an extra layer of confit dark meat. (These guys also make a mean breakfast sandwich, FYI.)
Multiple locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan; courtstreetgrocers.com
The Scuttlebutt at Saltie
Who needs meat when you can bury your face in a gorgeous mess of pickled veggies, hard-boiled egg, black olives and feta?
378 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn; saltieny.com
Five-Spice Glazed Pork Belly at Num Pang Kitchen
We dream about the melt-in-your-mouth goodness of this sammy, which comes topped with pickled Asian pear. (Oh, and if pork’s not your thing, the veggie options are just as swoon-worthy.)
Multiple locations; numpangkitchen.com
Tunisian Tuna at Breads Bakery
There are many things to love at Breads (Cretzels, chocolate babka, Nutella rugelach…), and its savory offerings are just as great, like this spin on the classic lunch staple—it’s like a Niçoise salad on a baguette.
Multiple locations in Manhattan; breadsbakery.com
The Bomb at Sal, Kris & Charlie’s Deli
Can’t decide what kind of meat and cheese to get on your sandwich? Just get this behemoth of a hero, which includes ham, turkey, salami, roast beef, mortadella, provolone, cheddar and American cheese. (We need to lie down now.)
33-12 23rd Ave., Queens; 718-278-9240
The Squashbuckler at Better Being 940
Picture the most gooey, crispy grilled cheese sandwich. Now add butternut squash, kale and pickled onions. Yep, it’s as amazing as it sounds.
537 Ninth Ave.; 212-858-9448 or betterbeing940.wordpress.com
The Dennis at Parisi Bakery
There are chicken sandwiches, and then there’s the Dennis: a mile-high stack of breaded cutlets, plus prosciutto and mozzarella. It’s a thing of beauty.
198 Mott St.; 212-226-6378 or parisibakery.com
Pernil with a Twist at Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine
Sophie's signature roast-pork sandwich pairs perfectly seasoned meat with sweet plantains, caramelized onions and an insanely addictive green sauce that has inspired many an adoring ode on Yelp.
Multiple locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn; sophiescuban.com