10. A Sandwich A Day: Italian Special at Faicco's Italian Specialties
My Italian Special sandwich ($10) began as a long loaf of bread, but the man at the counter quickly sliced it in half and began to pull out much of its crumb. As he then continued to shave layers of spicy ham capicola, sweet or hot soppressata (go for the hot), and proscuitto into the hollowed-out crust, followed by mozzarella, roasted peppers, lettuce, and tomato, I realized that the bread sacrifice was, in fact, very necessary.
9. A Sandwich A Day: Chicken Shawarma from Karam Restaurant
The juicy shreds of spit-roasted chicken are as good as you could hope for, but it's the lemon-garlic sauce, pungent enough to stay on your breath for hours, that makes this sandwich a real knockout.
8. Court Street Grocers in Carroll Gardens
Opened back in November, Court Street Grocers is making some of the best sandwiches we've had recently (and we are sandwich crazies)—plus you can wash them down with tough-to-find-in-NYC regional sodas. Like Cheerwine, for which they drive down to North Carolina to pick up crates of the real cane-sugar version. The fridge also stocks cans of Vernors ginger ale, glass bottles of Bubble Up, and Kombucha.
7. Sesame Pancakes at Vanessa's Dumpling House
What happens when you take a pancake, stud it with sesame seeds, and stuff it full of tender meats and fresh vegetables? The dough is plopped into an oiled pan and fried, pancake-style, giving the spongy bread a crisp-bottomed crust not unlike that of a deep dish pizza.
6. Num Pang in Midtown: American-Portioned Sandwiches in Cambodian Clothes
Big, bold, and meat-focused, the Num Pang flavors may be Southeast Asian, but the spirit is unabashedly American. High quality meat is their focus, and they give you plenty of it.
5. A Sandwich a Day: Best Pizza's Meatball Sub
"Wow. That meatball sandwich from Best Pizza? That might be the best meatball sandwich I've ever had." That endorsement, folks, is from no less than our man Ed Levine, after we brought him half the sub from a recent visit to the Williamsburg pizzeria.
4. First Look: Parm, New Sandwich Shop from Torrisi Italian Specialties
Parm, the new sandwich and lunch shop from the gentlemen of Torrisi Italian Specialties, is now open. We have eaten lunch at Torrisi a hundred times, and while some things at Parm look familiar, others are entirely new.
3. Epicerie Boulud: Extraordinary Sandwiches and Desserts from Daniel Boulud And His Crew
Daniel Boulud's little pastry, coffee, and sandwich shop, Epicerie Boulud, is no casually tossed-off affair. In fact, many of the items he serves there are downright revelatory (others are merely solid) to the point that some of the sandwiches are hall-of-fame worthy.
2. New Sandwiches from 'wichcraft
Tom Colicchio's sandwich shop 'wichcraft, with locations all over New York as well as in San Francisco and Las Vegas, is a reliable go-to for a weekday lunch. While their menu of dressed-up sandwiches generally stays pretty constant, they introduced seven new ones to the roster in March. Of course, we tasted them all to find out which were best.
1. The Best Bánh Mì in Manhattan, NYC
Where do we get a decent bành mí in New York? We visited bành mí shops all over Manhattan to answer this question.