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.
Done right, a chicken shawarma can be just as good as one made with lamb. And though Duzan is a little out of the way—somewhere in between Astoria's Little Egypt strip and its more Greco-Italian hub, enough so that I frequently forget it when recommending bites in the area—it's worth seeking out as one of the better Middle Eastern sandwiches around.
Your $5 pita comes stuffed with generously marinated spit-roasted chicken, tender and crisp with a rich flavor evocative of fresh coriander and turmeric. There's salad, too, a mix of cucumber, lettuce, cabbage, and onion. Strips of pungent pickled turnip and sweet tahini round things out, and the pita is consistently fresh, fluffy, and moist. Call it number 19 on the appendix to this list.
24-11 Steinway Street, Astoria, NY 11103 (map)