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

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[Photo: Shell Tu]

When you've written about sandwiches every day for 18 months, there can be days when you feel like you've burned through your options. But then you wander into a convenience store and remember that, in New York, a good sandwich could be anywhere.

Happiness Deli might not make it into any Best Sandwich roundup, but it's got quite a few things going for it, chief among them friendly counter guys and low prices. When we asked for a sandwich they made well, we were handed a warm pastrami and muenster for $6. It's a straightforward creation—tasty, salty pastrami that was probably Boar's Head or similar, cheese that melted all over, plus mustard, lettuce, and tomato. But when you unwrap it from the foil, it's steamy and satisfying, with that meat-cheese fusion that can happen in good sandwiches, and a remarkable amount of food for six bucks. This isn't a sandwich to travel for, but it's one we might return for.

Happiness Deli

101 Delancey Street, New York NY 10002 (map)
212-260-7848

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