Two years ago we shared our picks for where to eat near Penn Station, one of New York's transit hubs in a...let's say challenging food neighborhood. But there's plenty of good food if you know where to look, and much more if you're willing to walk a little bit. To help, here's our updated field guide with everything from quick bites to a full-service meal.
'No. 7 Sub' on Serious Eats
The Flatiron District, named after its iconic wedge-shaped building, is always bustling, especially around lunch. But finding an especially good one in this busy office neighborhood can be more of a challenge than you'd think. With that in mind, we've compiled 14 of our favorite lunches in the area: budget-friendly sandwiches, filling noodle bowls, and some nicer sitdowns.
Some say The Godfather Part II is superior to the first original movie. At No. 7 Sub, some may say The Godfather Part II, the sandwich, is superior to the Italian hero. And aptly so. Here, the classic gets revamped into a spicier, intensely flavored sub with some unusual flavors that work surprisingly well.
Cooked broccoli stuffed between bread doesn't sound like the most appealing sandwich, but you would be surprised. No. 7 Sub does this unexpected combination some real justice.
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The core of the Ham ($9), mild sliced deli ham from Schaller & Weber and melted muenster cheese, is standard enough, but the sub veers into bizarre territory with its toppings: pickled red onions and (surprisingly good) pickled blueberries, crinkle-cut potato chips and a healthy dose of not-too-spicy jalapeño mayonnaise.
Tyler Kord understands that proper sub construction is as much a craft as it is an art. He's got ideas for days, and he's not afraid to swim against the current of bánh mì and burgers. Check out the slideshow above to see six of Kord's quirky creations now available in his new Greenpoint shop
Brisket with Chinese mustard and pickled mushrooms is one of the current lineup's more intuitive combinations. The sub's slow-cooked beef brisket—plenty moist, well-salted, and laced with just enough rendered fat to stay on the "juicy" side of the grease line—is barely contained by No. 7's custom roll.
No. 7 Sub is known for its creative, unexpected sandwich combinations, and breakfast is no exception. There are four sandwiches on the menu, served from 8:00-10:30 am on weekdays; the selection seems to change often (like their lunch menu), but the broccoli, egg, and cheese sandwich, with smoked Gouda, Thai basil pesto, and a dollop of ketchup, has stuck around since the morning lineup debuted.
Now, judging from the mad scientist sandwiches which No. 7 Sub is best known for, you didn't think this would be just an Arctic Char Sandwich ($9), did you? Of course not.
The aggressively salty, lamb-intense meatloaf: we loved. The curry sauce: we loved. And together, we loved them, too. But what's with that double-thick layer of cheddar? Where did that cilantro come from? Strawberry pico de gallo?
There's a ton of fresh tuna crammed in here, poached until tender but firm, with crunchy haircot verts and fried shallots; the flavor recalls a Niçoise salad in a way we were quite happy with. Again, it seems that the best sandwiches at No. 7 are the simplest.
As readers may have noticed, we at Serious Eats never tire of sandwiches—and there's always room for another great lunch spot in this city. But chefs and sandwiches are a curious combination.