This list isn't everything, but it is eighteen ways to answers to the question. From Flushing to Bay Ridge to the Lower East Side...and back to Flushing, here are the bites that made my year.
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It's been a great year for sandwiches in this city. We found new loves in pastrami and patty melts. We celebrated grilled cheese in all its oozy forms. We even hacked a few sandwiches of our own. Here are 30 standout sandwiches we had this year.
Beef, that delicious master of forms. We love it cured into salty pink pastrami and layered on rye. We love it ground with Parmesan, shaped into meatballs, and lined up on a saucy sub. We love tender short ribs and grizzly burnt ends, stringy brisket and tangy corned beef. It's just so tasty in all its outfits; here are 25 to get you drooling.
Don't be fooled because it's cut into small slices. This burek slice from Bosnian treasure trove Ukus is freaking enormous, one quarter of a 9-inch round. And it's $5 for what's really an afternoon snack for two to three people.
Bosnian burek house Ukus in Astoria is a treasure trove of Balkan eats: massive, excellent burek of course, and a chicken soup I'll be sipping once a week when the weather turns cool, but the Cevapi stuffed in pita may be my favorite. Get ready for some seriously garlicky kebabs.