Gallery: Greatest Hits of 'A Sandwich A Day': Top 5 Turkey and Chicken Sandwiches

Smoked Turkey at Bottino
Smoked Turkey at Bottino

You could get Bottino's #9, a smoked turkey sandwich, on a crunchy, delicate baguette for $6.50—but pay fifty cents more for the soft and nutty multi-grain bread and you're looking at two meals. Juicy, smoky turkey, mayonnaise that's equal parts herby and sweet (are those pickles we taste?), and a vinaigrette-dressed basil soaking into the grain bread. Perhaps not the best turkey sandwich we've ever had, but a solid lunch or two nonetheless.

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Bottino: 248 10th Avenue, New York NY 10001 (map); 212-206-6766; www.bottinonyc.com

Spicy Rizzak from Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop
Spicy Rizzak from Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop

In between the halves of this sandwich's toasted sesame semolina roll, you'll find neatly layered sliced turkey, crispy bacon, melted cheddar, tomato, raw onion, and hot chipotle mayo. Few sandwiches I've eaten beat the Spicy Rizzak ($8.25, comes with potato chips) from Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop and its combination of a thick stack of meat, gooey cheese, and crispy bacon, all with a slight kick of hotness. It's not a dainty sandwich, nor one that's unreasonably large.

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Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop 123 Fifth Avenue, New York NY 10001 (map); 212-982-1690; www.tinysgiant.com

Good Enough to Eat Turkey Club
Good Enough to Eat Turkey Club

The Good Enough to Eat Turkey Club is not just good enough, it's the best. What causes one turkey club, a relatively simple sandwich, to stand out over another? In this case it's the bread, which is a central component as three slices are used. Good Enough to Eat makes their own onion dill white bread in house. The dill adds a subtle touch of flavor, and although the pieces are toasted, they still manage to stay light and soft with a thin crisp outer layer and a pillowy interior. The turkey is high quality and thickly sliced, so it stands up well to the thick yet crispy bacon.

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Good Enough to Eat: 483 Amsterdam Avenue, New York NY‎ 10024 (map); 212-496-0163; www.goodenoughtoeat.com

Roasted Turkey On Stirato from Bouchon Bakery
Roasted Turkey On Stirato from Bouchon Bakery

Those who think turkey sandwiches are dull have clearly never met the Roasted Turkey On Stirato ($13.50) from Bouchon Bakery: tender, smoky-tasting roasted turkey, with tomato marmalade, smoked gouda cheese, and a delightfully oily cilantro-almond aioli. Of course it's pricey—you're in the Time Warner Center. But like everything else at Bouchon, it's virtually flawless, with every element of a simple-seeming creation delicious and memorable.

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Bouchon Bakery: 10 Columbus Circle, Time Warner Center, New York NY 10019 (map); 212-823-9364‎; www.bouchonbakery.com

Roast Organic Chicken from Five Leaves
Roast Organic Chicken from Five Leaves

Chicken and anchovies: a combination we can get behind. This warm roast organic chicken isn't exciting on its own, but add a smash of anchovy, the nutty tang of Parmesan, and chipotle mayo and it makes one hell of a sandwich. It's the anchovy and Parmesan you taste most; the chipotle adds just a little background heat.

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Five Leaves: 18 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11222 (map); 718-383-5345; fiveleavesny.com