Slideshow: 19 Sandwiches in NYC That Bring the Heat

ProZack at Shopsins ($17)
ProZack at Shopsins ($17)

Super-tender beef brisket soaked in gravy, topped with melted jack cheese, and sandwiched in garlic bread with plenty of real Hatch chilies, this sandwich delivers on its high price tag with a meaty, cheesy, and yes, spicy payload. Read more here »

Shopsins General Store: In the Essex Street Market, 120 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002; (map)website

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Chile Relleno Torta at Tacos Morelos ($5)
Chile Relleno Torta at Tacos Morelos ($5)

A roasted, cheese-stuffed, battered, and deep fried poblano chili forms the basis of this sandwich lending just enough heat to punch through the fresh torta bread. Read more here »

Tacos Morelos: 2nd Street and Ave. A, New York, NY, 10009 (map)

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Harissa Honey Roasted Chicken at The Smile ($11.50)
Harissa Honey Roasted Chicken at The Smile ($11.50)

Far more than the sum of its parts, this sandwich is built off roasted chicken breast and roasted red peppers-two relatively uninteresting ingredients. Nutty Manchego cheese adds depth, but the real kicker is a smart swipe of harissa that brings the whole sandwich into focus. Read more here »

The Smile: 26 Bond Street, New York, NY, 10012 (map); 646-329-5836; thesmilenyc.com

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Spicy Buradi Kati Roll at Biryani Cart ($3)
Spicy Buradi Kati Roll at Biryani Cart ($3)

Gyro-style lamb is enlivened by a mint-habanero sauce that adds moisture as well as heat. Instead of your standard halal cart gyro, get this buttery paratha instead. Read more here »

Biryani Cart: 46th Street & 6th Avenue, New York, NY, 10036 (map); biriyanicart.com

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Spicy Chopped Cheese at Uni One Gourmet Deli ($4)
Spicy Chopped Cheese at Uni One Gourmet Deli ($4)

The chopped cheese is not the neatest of sandwiches, but it's a hefty bodega sandwich well worth ordering. Simple iceberg lettuce, tomato, steak, and gooey cheese work well on their own, but they're taken to new heights with a generous handful of pickled peppers added directly to the griddle for a sandwich that's hot, tangy, and incredibly satisfying. Read more here »

Uni One Gourmet Deli: 3153 Broadway, New York, NY, 10027 (map); 212-280-0215

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Pambazo Torta at El Mariachi ($8)
Pambazo Torta at El Mariachi ($8)

Mild chorizo, crisped well on the griddle alongside potatoes, adds a murmur of heat to this torta, but the real kicker is dunking the soft roll in a dark chili sauce. Crisp lettuce and cool crema balance out the heat. Read more here»

El Mariachi Restuarant: 33-11 Broadway, Astoria, NY, 11106 (map); 718-545-4039; astoriamexicanrestaurant.com

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Lamb Bhuna Kati at Desi Galli ($5.99)
Lamb Bhuna Kati at Desi Galli ($5.99)

Hearty, but not heavy, the stewed lamb in this roll mixes well with the onions, which add a nice crunch. The onions also provide a sweetness, which plays nicely off a spice rub on the lamb that adds sweetness and a touch of heat. Read more here »

Dessi Galli:101 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY, 10016 (map); 212-683-2292; desi-galli.com

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 Spicy Rizzak at Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop ($8.25)
Spicy Rizzak at Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop ($8.25)

Tiny's most popular sandwich comes with a generous filling of turkey, bacon, lettuce, and tomato. All of this is brought together by a spicy chipotle mayo and oozy, gooey melted cheddar cheese. The bacon brings crunch to the sandwich, while the cheese and spice counterbalance oneanother well. Read more here »

Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop: 129 Rivington Street, New York NY, 10002 (map); 212-982-1690; tinysgiantnyc.tumblr.com

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Spicy Sausage Laffa at Olympic Pita ($11.95)
Spicy Sausage Laffa at Olympic Pita ($11.95)

The laffa—a chewy flatbread similar to naan—comes fresh from the oven. Rolled into it is merguez-style sausage and Olympic Pita's moody hot sauce. Watch out for it, though. While the sausage is mildly spiced, the hot sauce is hot. Really hot. Read more here »

Olympic Pita: 58 West 38th Street, New York NY, 10018 (map); 212-869-7482; olympicpita.com

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Paneer Tikka Sandwich at Usha Foods & Sweets ($5)
Paneer Tikka Sandwich at Usha Foods & Sweets ($5)

Though the white bread is unremarkable, what it contains is, in a way, the Indian answer to the grilled cheese. Here, spiced paneer is combined with chilies and mint chutney for a sandwich filling that's a little tangy, a little sweet, and run through with heat. Order it grilled to soften the paneer and compress the bread into a crisp casing for all the spice. Read more here »

Usha Foods & Sweets: 255-03 Hillside Ave, Floral Park, NY, 11004 (map); 718-343-1500; ushafoods.com

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Roast Pork Club at Dominique Ansel Bakery ($12)
Roast Pork Club at Dominique Ansel Bakery ($12)

Fatty roast and pickled egg get even more indulgent with a swipe of mayo, but a heavy dose of chilies in the sauce keeps this sandwich bright, interesting, and surprisingly spicy given its heft. . Read more here »

Dominique Ansel Bakery: 189 Spring Street, New York, NY, 10012 (map); 212-219-2773; dominiqueansel.com

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Gouda Grilled Cheese at Queens Kickshaw ($10)
Gouda Grilled Cheese at Queens Kickshaw ($10)

At Queens Kickshaw, brioche from Balthazar gets loaded with Gouda, black bean spread, and sweet guava jam, which almost feels like overkill, except for a kick of heat and acidity from pickled jalapenos that balance everything out. Read more here »

Queens Kickshaw: 4017 Broadway, Astoria, NY, 11103 (map); 718-777-0913; website

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Cemita from Estrellita Poblana III ($6.50)
Cemita from Estrellita Poblana III ($6.50)

Normally sandwiches this big are just overloaded and confused. However, the cemita has complex flavors that work, coming from the mixture of Oaxacan cheese, fried beef, crunchy onion, and most importantly for our purposes, a spread of smoky chipotle that helps cut through the grease and starch for something a little more balanced. Read more here »

Estrellita Poblana III: 2328 Arthur Avenue, The Bronx, NY 10458 (map); 718-220-7621

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Spicy Sabih at Bite Soho ($7)
Spicy Sabih at Bite Soho ($7)

Sabih, the Israeli sandwich combination of eggs and fried eggplant with accompaniments like tahini or hummus, can get a bit bland. At Bite, you can order the sabih spicy, which adds a piquant pickled pepper relish to liven up the whole sandwich. It soaks in just so to a loaf of crisp French bread. Read more here »

Bite: 335 Lafayette Street, New York, NY, 10012 (map); 212-431-0301; bitenyc.com

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Spicy Falafel at Taim ($6.25)
Spicy Falafel at Taim ($6.25)

Taim has some of the best falafel in the city, and their spicy harissa falafel boasts a subtle but noticeable heat that brightens all the hummus, tahini, and veggies that get piled on top of this pita sandwich.

Taim: multiple locations; taimfalafel.com

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