[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Turkey is a tough meat to master on a sandwich. Even when it's delicious, it doesn't necessarily merit enthusiasm. But the Smoked Turkey and Cheddar($9.00) at Iris is totally a sandwich I can get behind. The turkey has a strong, smokey, almost ham-like flavor. The cheddar is sharp and bright orange, and the quick pickle layered on top is as fun to say as it is tasty. The cranberry-pecan toast is a perfect vehicle for the whole thing: it adds a touch of sweetness, plus it's soft, yet totally stable even under ambitious bites. The dijon-mayo is just the touch of creaminess I was hoping to find there. In a world of serviceable but average turkey sandwiches, this one stands apart.

Iris Take Away

16 Columbia Place, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (map)

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