House Roasted Turkey at Parm
Generally speaking, turkey on a roll is a dry, bland affair; not so at Parm, where their turkey is marinated in honey, garlic, and herbs, and slow roasted until the turkey is tender and succulent with more than a little garlic kick. This is one of the best turkey sandwiches we've ever encountered.
Smoked Turkey and Cheddar at Iris Take Away
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.
Smoked Turkey and Avocado Mayo at Olives
Slices of sourdough bread are brushed with avocado mayo, literally a half and half mix of fresh avocados and mayo. It's then topped with lettuce, ripe tomatoes, and generous ripples of sweet smoked turkey. Oh, and there's crispy bacon—and don't forget to brush the top half with more of that avocado mayo.
'Gobblecado' at Peels
It's a sandwich of smoked turkey with creamy avocado and a chili mayo that does a great job of perking up those mild flavors; Cotija cheese adds the perfect salty bite. But the best part might be the deliciously oily bread, with just the slightest outside crust—easy to bite right through.
Pierrepont at Lassen & Hennigs
The Pierrepont is a bit of a poof, with a fluffy bun and an over-eager amount of mayonnaise, but in its heart it's a good sandwich. The roasted turkey is freshly sliced off a very large turkey breast (the kind you'd find at a Pilgrim's Thanksgiving), and bacon is there only as a sidekick—if you gave it any more stage time it'd steal the show. Armed with lettuce and tomato for freshness, the Pierrepont hits all the right notes.
Turkey Rillettes at Zoë
Dark meat is cooked in duck fat until it's fall-apart tender, and served on a baguette. Cornichons, arugula, and grain mustard help to cut the richness. "Cut the richness" isn't something you often say about turkey, is it?
Puff Sandwiches from Panade Cafe
Paired with spinach and creamy avocado, the turkey sandwich needs something to up the flavor a bit, but we like the Parma prosciutto sandwich. The meats and cheeses are from Italian specialty store Di Palo, explaining the high quality of both; the balsamic vinaigrette adds a bit of acidity against the salty meat. That it's all on a puff just makes it more fun.
'The Minda' at Shopsin's
The Minda is an awful lot more exciting than its spa-food description—turkey bacon, egg whites, cheddar, English muffin—makes it sound. The egg whites are scrambled soft with the cheese, getting the cheddar much meltier than it would be just draped on top; the bacon is crisp and pliant, the English muffin tastes deliciously buttered.
All Natural Turkey Avocado Club at local
The All Natural Turkey Avocado Club doesn't wow with protein alone, but the freshness and strong flavors of the other components made up for slightly dry turkey breast. Creamy avocado slices and a light coating of mayo add richness, and tomato and crisp romaine lettuce brought freshness and crunch—though it's really all about the ultra-crisp, smoky bacon that packed a salty, savory flavor punch. Piled on toasted sourdough bread that held up to the hefty fillings, it made for a pleasantly rich bite.
local: 144 Sullivan Street #B, New York, NY 10012 (map); 212-253-2601
Roasted Turkey Sandwich From Stellina
This roasted turkey sandwich is unlike your conventional turkey sandwiches, either the over-stuffed Thanksgiving variety or the cold-cut deli version. It's a compact, neatly layered creation on buttermilk bread, with a deeply flavorful (and markedly sweet) jam of shallot and bacon. Garlic mayo follows to finish it off. It's prepared hot—the bread toasted, the podda cheese melted—and all those flavors integrate, giving you a lot in every bite.
The Cuban Medianoche at Cafe Medina
Traditionalists will note that this is not a proper Medianoche, as it lacks roast pork, Swiss, and the right kind of bread, nor is it a proper Cuban. Even so, this is an enjoyable sandwich, with a bit of olive oil on the roll that makes the bread flavorful and soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. The meat gets a boost from the pickle (more would be nice, though), and a few dashes of mojo sauce offer a little heat and flavor without overwhelming the sandwich.
The Touchdown at City 75
The Touchdown is City 75's combination of sliced white meat and cranberry sauce on toasted seven-grain bread. The bread stands up well to the ample serving of juicy, nicely salted turkey, and the cranberry sauce adds a nice sweetness without being cloying.
City 75: 75 Rockefeller Plaza, New York NY 10019 (map); 212-247-1500