Sandwiches, sandwiches. Ever since some dude thought to put the meat between two slices of bread, we've been obsessed with this perfect on-the-go food. But lately, New York seems more obsessed with sandwiches than ever.
This is still my favorite pastrami on rye, and still my favorite Jewish deli. Nothing comforts like the glare of the lights and the merciless line payment system at Katz's -- except the gigantic sandwich awaiting you. Get a Cel-ray soda too.
Ants on a log? The Elvis? Iconic PB recipes come alive here, bringing you back to your childhood because, well ... there are so many children here every time I come. But you can grab your sandwich and root beer ice cream float and hightail it to a corner or nearby Washington Square Park, where you'll remember why peanut butter was once the only thing you needed for lunch.
Tiny's is so reliable for a good summer sandwich, and a cute space to boot. From the Our Way BLT (which feigns slight healthiness over the average BLT, with its 7-grain bread, avocado and sprouts) to the cobb sandwich (which is so simple it's ingenious to me -- who wouldn't enjoy the classic cobb ingredients on a sandwich?), it's a Lower East Side crowd pleaser.
I know it sounds weird, but trust me -- this little branch of Hana, and the bigger one off the Jefferson L stop, have the best to-go neighborhood sandwiches, and they're both 24 hours. The names of the sandwiches are at times offensive (and at times funny), but the goods are for real. My favorite: the Honey Bunny, a stack of honeyed meats including turkey and ham, with plenty of honey mustard and swiss cheese on a hero.
Nothing can explain to you my joy at having cracklings for the first time -- the crispy skin of pork. Porchetta has been vending at food festivals and events around the city, but the original shop is still my favorite. Ask for your pork with cracklings and go home happy and full.
For the price and the amount of roast beef you get in one roll here, this place is my favorite quick East Village food-fix. There's nothing gourmet here, but you'll have so much fun slumming it with the "This Way" (cheez whiz) that you might end up ordering the "That Way" (mozzarella) for dessert. Ask for extra gravy and the fries to dip 'em in.
Perhaps too-delicious Morris Truck could lure a gal away from her desk for too long so she could have two servings! The Aussie is sweetly satisfying while the Delicate is truffle pig heaven.
This Chelsea Market outpost of the popular Cambodian sandwich shop blasts hip-hop, feeds good food to the masses, and goes heavy on big flavors. Num Pang's pickled toppings are a light, bright, vinegary complement to their rich, savory meats. I loved the coconut tiger shrimp, five-spice pork belly with pickled pear, and ginger barbecue brisket with pickled red cabbage.
This petite sandwich pickup store has a laugh at itself, with sandwiches like The Conflicted Jew (liver, bacon and onion on challah) and Stoner's Delight (grilled cheese). Catered sandwiches are also available.