Serious Eats: New York
A Sandwich a Day: Roast Beef Combo at All American Diner
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.
Like most diners, the menu at the All American Diner takes a certain commitment to read. A lot of that devotion will be spent on the sandwich section, in which there are nearly 30 options. Unlike most diners, though, this one's on wheels. It's a food truck, parked on the corner of Whitehall and State Streets near the Staten Island Ferry. You only have to go twice to be remembered, and if you happen to order the Roast Beef Combo ($8.50) like we did, and you're asked, "You want a little gravy on that," say yes.
Aside from the wheels, also unique to the All American Diner is the garlic bread on which many of the sandwiches are built. The heroes get toasted on a flattop with a healthy dose of garlic butter before tender slices of roast beef and mozzarella take their place and melt into the still-warm bread. The delicate roast meat and bite from the garlic have a flavor similar to all those holiday roasts that spend all day in the oven with raw cloves buried inside.
This is a hefty sandwich, fun to order from the truck and eat outside in the increasingly warmer weather. There's easily enough of it to share, but be wary of doing so with the toddler-sized seagulls watching with hungry eyes.
All American Diner
Corner of 1 State Street, New York, NY 10004 (map)