Pastrami at Katz's Delicatessen

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

A Serious Eats reader from Australia emailed me recently with a deceptively simple question: I'm visiting New York soon to gather research for a sandwich shop I want to start back home. Where should I visit in the city?

Okay, so quintessential New York sandwich shops. Katz's. Eisenberg's. Defonte's.

But wait—that's hardly representative of the New York's sandwich scene today. What about Court Street Grocers? Taim? Num Pang? Parm?

Good ones all, and yet. How about banh mi? Shawarma? These are sandwich-like things, and these days as New York as anything else. How comprehensive a sandwich tour of New York does this guy need?

So tell me: if you were leading an introductory sandwich tour of New York, where would you go? Sound off in the comments.

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