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A Sandwich a Day: The Abbott & Costello at Buon Appetit in Astoria

In this great city of ours, you could eat a different sandwich every day—so that's what we do with A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around New York City. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.

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[Photograph: Adam Kuban]

SENY'r Elizbeth M. tipped us to the sandwich you see above:

My favorite sandwich in NYC (and possibly the world!) is the Abbot and Costelloat Buon Appetit in Astoria ... From their website: "Fresh turkey, jalapeño cheese, red peppers, spinach, and house dressing on European flatbread."

I definitely have made special trips from where I live in Ridgewood to eat that sandwich. So amazing! And, on top of that, it is only $6.50.

Wow. Now that's quite an endorsement. I actually live nearish to Buon Appetit but HAD NEVER SEEN IT. After getting Elizabeth's email on Saturday, I went immediately.

Now I'm kicking myself for having slept on this place.

The Abbot & Costello is a very good sandwich. It's delivered warm in a half-moon wrapper and has some serious heft to it. I was a bit worried it was going to weigh heavy in my stomach, but it's well proportioned, and the "European flatbread" was light with some crispness on the outside thanks to the pressing.

The flavors go well together, with the sweetness of the red peppers balanced by mild spiciness of the jalapeño cheese. Though the moisture I saw on the wrapper led me to assume the Abbott & Costello would be a sogfest, it was neither messy nor slidey — just moist enough.

My one complaint was that the turkey was not "fresh," as advertised. It was Boar's Head — fine enough, but not fresh. The guy behind the counter said that they often roast a turkey in-house and use that on sandwiches but that they hadn't on Saturday.

I'll be back if I can figure out when the fresh turkey days are.

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Oh, and $6.50? Yeah. You could easily eat half this sandwich and save the rest for later. Great deal (as are the other sandwiches there, above). Thanks, Elizabeth!

Buon Appetit

36-12 Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria NY 11105 (36th/37th streets; map)
718-726-2794; buonappetitny.com

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