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.

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[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.