A Sandwich a Day: Italian Sub at Brad's Cafe

A Sandwich a Day

A new sandwich every day.

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.


[Photograph: Andrea Kang]

If you're looking for a classic example of the Italian sub at a few bucks cheaper than most sandwich shops, you'll find it at Brad's, a small spot inside Columbia University's campus serving up cheap grub for students.

There's nothing fancy here, just a simple hero that tastes like a homemade version of Subway, only with fresher meats and bread that, if not stellar, lack's Subway's processed funky aroma. It comes with a similar price tag to Subway as well, clocking in at $6.

The sandwich comes hot, not cold, to the benefit of that bread but the detriment of the shredded lettuce; eat this before the lettuce wilts. You can add potato chips at no cost, which lend a satisfying, salty crunch, though the Lay's chips soften quickly. They bolster a sandwich that won't rock your world but will satisfy you for the price.

About the author: Andrea Kang is a rising senior magazine journalism student at Northwestern University. She is the editor in chief of Spoon Magazine, Northwestern's campus food publication, and loves to blog about her food adventures at The Sunny-Side Up Kitchen.

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