Slideshow: 25 Pork Sandwiches We Love in NYC

Italian Combo Sandwich at Rosario's Deli
Italian Combo Sandwich at Rosario's Deli
It varies a bit depending on which counter guy makes it, but almost always includes mortadella, soppressata, cappicola, roasted red peppers, oil and vinegar, and some sort of cheese (usually provolone but sometimes fresh mozzarella). The balance among the ingredients is right on, each discernible, each complementing one another, the whole never straying into overloaded-sandwich territory. And the bread. Crisp exterior, chewy crumb.

Rosario's Deli: 2255 31st Street, Astoria, NY 11105 (map); 718-728-2920

[Photograph: Adam Kuban]

The Pig and the Goat at the Bodega
The Pig and the Goat at the Bodega
The sandwich starts with two hunks of ciabatta, onto which go some sprouts as well as several slicks of prosciutto (the pig) and goat cheese (the goat). But what elevates this sandwich is the slick you can't see: a hefty layer of apricot jam. Its tart-sweetness countervails the salty ham and cool cheese, each bite a wicked pastiche of expectations way, way surpassed.

The Bodega: 24 St. Nicholas Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237 (map); 646-924-8488; thebodegawinebar.wordpress.com

[Photograph: Garrett Ziegler]

BLT at Butcher Bar
BLT at Butcher Bar
The pork is brined, sliced thick, and smoked to brown. More complex than your typical hunk of belly meat, each strip has crisp, smoky edges and a flavorful, creamy interior that rise above the fetishism of fat. The product, sandwiched into a hamburger bun with a slice of tomato and one thick iceberg leaf, layers farm-to-table virtues and decadent urges in a classic American form.

Butcher Bar: 37-08 30th Avenue, Astoria NY 11103 (map); 718-606-8140; butcherbar.com.com

[Photograph: James Boo]

Pierna Torta at De Mole in Astoria
Pierna Torta at De Mole in Astoria
A sandwich stuffed with thin slices of braised pork leg topped with a sweet chipotle sauce, pleasantly lard-y refried beans, avocado, stringy cheese, lettuce, and tomato. Though the pork is a little lean, its firm bite, generous porky flavor, and ample rub of complex chili sauce more than make up for its shortcomings. Avocado and refried beans add great creaminess, countered nicely by chewy cheese and crunchy iceberg.

De Mole: Multiple locations in Queens

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Slow Roasted Pork at Rucola in Cobble Hill
Slow Roasted Pork at Rucola in Cobble Hill
The first bite is sublime: crisp, succulent pork is perfectly offset by the tangy sweet pickles, and the meeting of melted cheese, mayo, and pork juice makes for a brilliantly juicy bite that dribbles down your chin. The bread, a pillowy cousin of focaccia, is tender, supportive, and rich.

Rucola: 190 Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 (map); 718-576-3209; rucolabrooklyn.com

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Italian Special at Faicco's Pork Store
Italian Special at Faicco's Pork Store
It's not an unusual Italian combo in any way, but if you want a meal or two stuffed with meaty heft, then Faicco's is the place to go. When they ask if you want olive oil, say yes; it lubricates the whole experience, fusing meaty oils into every nook of the bread.

Faicco's Pork Store: 260 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10014 (map); 212-243-1974

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Spicy Capicola from Parisi Bakery
Spicy Capicola from Parisi Bakery
If you've been let down by the muted heat of supposedly "spicy" salumi elsewhere, give the Spicy Capicola at Parisi Bakery a try. The capicola is liberally rubbed with bright ground chili and piled high on a fresh Parisi hero roll. The heat will sneak up on you, but it's a great, bright burn; it's the punchy counterpoint to the buttery, almost provolone-like tangy fat of the meat.

Parisi Bakery: 198 Mott Street, New York NY 10012 (map); 212-226-6378; parisibakery.com.com

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Pernil with a Twist at Sophie's Cuban
Pernil with a Twist at Sophie's Cuban
The Pernil With a Twist has chunks of roast pork—the kind you want to pick out, pull apart, and relish separately. Deeper in, among the onion slivers and jalapeno-green sauce, there are homey fried lumps of sweet plantain, golden nuggets that cry mine me, mine me! Too soon, you've tapped the well dry—fingers reaching into the hollows of the bun, searching for another chunk that isn't there.

Sophie's Cuban: Multiple locations throughout New York; sophie'scuban.com

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Pork and Cabbage Pancake at Tasty Dumpling
Pork and Cabbage Pancake at Tasty Dumpling
Tasty Dumpling's rich pork filling is one of our favorite dumpling stuffers in Chinatown, and the cabbage offers a mellow vegetal backbone and mild sweetness to this bun/sandwicj. Those juices saturate the slightly dry bun and then some; bite carefully, and watch for spurts of pork.

Tasty Dumpling: 54 Mulberry Street, New York, NY 10013 (map); 212-349-0070

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

 Prosciutto Cotto, Mortadella and Provolone at DiPalo Selects
Prosciutto Cotto, Mortadella and Provolone at DiPalo Selects
The sandwich contains thinly sliced prosciutto cotto, mortadella, and and a thin slice of provolone cheese stuffed inside pizza bianca. The meat is delicate, flavorful, and perfectly salty, balanced by creamy, tangy cheese and oil-rich bread.

Di Palo Selects: 200 Grand Street, New York, NY 10013 (map); 212-226-1033;dipaloselects.com

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Prosciutto and Jam at Ground Support
Prosciutto and Jam at Ground Support
The Prosciutto Sandwich at Ground Support sets itself apart from the usual with a bold smear of strawberry-rhubarb jam from Beth's Farm. There's just enough jam to make you pause over that unexpected suggestion of fruit, and it works quite well. Above go ribbons of thinly cut prosciutto di Parma, a buttery, pungent taleggio slightly oozing out the edges, and fresh basil with baby arugula.

Ground Support: 399 West Broadway, New York, NY 10012 (map); 212-219-8722

[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

BLT at TasteBuds
BLT at TasteBuds
The bacon here is chewy-crisp and smoky, with ripe summer tomatoes and crisp fresh lettuce. Sourdough bread, admittedly cut a bit too thick, comes slathered with smoked paprika mayonnaise from Empire Mayonnaise, an excellent addition to the warm and already smoky bacon.

TasteBuds: 736 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn, 11238 (map); 347-435-0076

[Photograph: Dave Katz]

Pan Con Lechon at Coppelia
Pan Con Lechon at Coppelia
A layer of shredded roasted pork is topped by crackling pieces of chicharrón, adding crunch and a second dose of pork. The fatty roasted meat gets a kick with the second bite from the garlicky mojo sauce. and pieces of pickled onion impart an acidic tang.

Coppelia: 207 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10011 (map); 212-858-5001; coppelia.com

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Los Muchachos at Caracas Arepa Bar
Los Muchachos at Caracas Arepa Bar
It's a little pricier than the arepas at this East Village favorite, but totally worth it for the double header of meaty grilled chorizo and salty, chewy fried white cheese. Sautéed peppers and jalapenos add sweetness and some juice to all this heft; this isn't a greasy, overwhelming sandwich, but it is a very satisfying one. This chorizo isn't like the loose Mexican or preserved Spanish types you may have had; it's finely ground and a little mild, but picks up charred grilled flavors beautifully.

Caracas Arepa Bar: Multiple Locations caracasarepabar.com

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

BBQ Pulled Pork Panino from Indian Road Cafe
BBQ Pulled Pork Panino from Indian Road Cafe
The BBQ Pulled Pork Panino from Indian Road Cafe in Inwood oozes with apple-chipotle barbecue sauce, but doesn't drench the meat; although the sauce is very faintly spicy, it's the sweetness of the pulled pork that has us getting this sandwich over and over again. The ciabatta bread has a crunch when bitten into; the pork is always tender and juicy, and is nicely accented by the melted fontina cheese. It's a sandwich that is meant to be savored.

Indian Road Cafe: 600 West 218th Street, New York NY 10034 (map); 212-942-7451; indianroadcafe.com

[Photograph: Jenny Lee-Adrian]

Cubano at the Morningside Heights Havana Central
Cubano at the Morningside Heights Havana Central
Thinly sliced but thickly stacked ham, well-melted Swiss cheese, a smear of mustard, plenty of sharp pickles, and really great juicy roast pork come together inside a grilled Cuban roll, pressed down firmly until everything is compacted and easily bite-able.

strong>Havana Central: 2911 Broadway, New York, NY 10025 (map); 212-717-8226; havanacentral.com

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Pork Bracciole from Zito's Sandwich Shoppe
Pork Bracciole from Zito's Sandwich Shoppe
The innards here are a butterflied loin of pork (from the West Village's Faicco's Pork Store) that's lightly stuffed with provolone, garlic, parsley, and a sparing hand of bread crumbs to bind it all stuffing together. It's the pork that makes the sandwich, of course, and it's delicious, falling apart on first bite, quite lean but not tough in the slightest. The whole thing is smothered with a straightforward tomato sauce, just enough to moisten the bread (though we suspect pork drippings help with that, too), and a bit of Parmesan lends a salty bite. Altogether, it's sloppy and satisfying in a well-composed way—just, we'd guess, what they're going for.

Zito's Sandwich Shoppe: 300 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (map); 718-499-2800; zitossandwichshoppe.com

[Photograph: Carey Jones]

Praga Completo from Via Quadronno
Praga Completo from Via Quadronno
Neatly packed in a slender loaf of house-baked bread, thin layers of ham are mild and not too salty, complemented by the fruity and nutty Fontina. If that weren't enough cheese, melted brie oozes out softly. Smeared on both slices of the bread, the house duck pâté enriches the sandwich even further. It's rich but enticing, no matter what the summer weather.

Via Quadronno: 25 East 73rd Street, New York, NY 10021 (map); 212-650-9880; viaquadronno.com

[Photograph: Shell Tu]

Gyro at BZ Grill
Gyro at BZ Grill
Likely the best gyro in the city, BZ Grill's pork gyros are made from actual cuts of marinated pork—not one of those rotating logs of mystery meat. In truth, it might actually be stretching it to call this thing a sandwich, since you may need a fork to make a dent in the gyro meat before you can pick it up. But it's so good we don't care.

BZ Grill: 27-02 Astoria Boulevard, Astoria NY 11102 (map); 718-932-7858; bzgrill.com

[Photographs: Adam Kuban]