Roast Beef and Mozzarella from Defonte's
Nothing short of a classic. You'll find fall-apart roast beef, lean but incredibly juicy, piled on terrific crusty seeded Italian bread—crusty and thick enough to soak up the jus ladled on top. It's layered with house-made mozzarella and gets a bit of salty extra weight from paper-thin slices of fried eggplant.
Roast Beef Luger from Brooklyn Fare
Of the 20 or so sandwiches on the chalkboard menu at Brooklyn Fare, the Roast Beef Luger ($5.99 on a roll, $6.99 on the hero) was our favorite. They cut slices off their big slab of roast beef, add a slice of cheddar, bacon, and—this is where the Luger part comes in—smother it with Peter Luger's signature steak sauce.
The "Schumwich" is Sen. Chuck Schumer's sandwich of choice, and, according to the Post, "an inside joke of sorts among the armies of political aides who have slaved away in Schumer's office." It's a roast beef sandwich on Italian bread, with mayo and mustard—plus banana peppers, pickled jalapeños, extra onions, extra tomatoes, and extra extra pickles: two full layer's worth.
Subway: Various locations throughout Manhattan
Roll-n-Roaster's Roast Beef
Served on a sesame seeded kaiser bun, the Roaster Beef ($4.45) can be ordered rare, medium, or well-done with the option of cheese and onions. Ordered rare, my roast beef was pleasingly pink and smothered with plenty of caramelized onions and lots of drippy Cheez Whiz; the beef was tender and flavorful, the bun pleasantly squishy and chewy.
Roast Beef from Brennan & Carr
I went with the dipped version ($4.75) without cheese to get the unadulterated flavor of the beefy stock in which the sandwich is submerged. While the entire Kaiser bun is dipped, somehow it doesn't fall apart while you eat it. The flavor was fantastic—rich, meaty, salty—and the beef was sliced paper-thin and very tender.
Brennan & Carr: 3432 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11229 (map); 718-769-1254
Roast Beef Mondays at Salumeria Biellese
At Roast Beef Monday at Salumeria Biellese, these big guys are a can't-miss. We recommend the seeded roll, hefty enough to soak up the beefy juices poured over the top. Juicy, meaty, and as satisfying as a sandwich could be.
Salumeria Biellese: 376 8th Avenue, New York NY 10001 (map); 212-736-7376