The best sandwiches in New York City
August is National Sandwich Month! Celebrate by trying out some of New York's best sandwiches.
Roast Pork at Meat Hook Sandwich Shop(Credit: Georgia Kral)
The roast pork sandwich at the new Meat Hook Sandwich Shop from Tom Mylan and crew is game-changing. For these reasons: the meat is humanely-raised (these guys care about sourcing) and the accoutrements are inventive and delicious. Spicy raisins provide a sweet tincture, escarole (when did you last have a sandwich with escarole?!) and fennel a snappy and sweet bite and tonnato, a tangy umami blast that also moistens the whole thing. What is tonnato? It’s an old-school Italian trick of a sauce, made with anchovies, capers and canned tuna. #Genius. $12
The Broccoli Classic at No. 7 Sub(Credit: FLICKR/ Mallory Dash)
No. 7 Sub is a leader in the newfangled sandwich game in NYC. They've been slinging subs with everything from barbecue potato chips to lychees on them since 2010. They now have four locations and deliver in midtown via Caviar. (AWESOME.) The best sandwich at No. 7 happens to be vegetarian. It's called the Broccoli Classic. On a Caputo's roll is broccoli, lychee muchim, ricotta salata, fried shallots and mayo. It's creamy, crispy, vegetal and just a little bit cheesy. $9.
Anything with fried eggplant at Defonte's(Credit: FLICKR/ Jason Lam)
Defonte’s has been building monster-sized heros in Red Hook since 1922. It's still basically the best sandwich shop in the city. Everyone from police officers from the local 76 precinct, to firefighters, to the remaining dock workers in the area pile in for lunch each day. If you grew up eating Defonte's you stop in whenever you're close by, hungry or not. And if you're just discovering Defonte's, you'll feel like you've been touched by heaven. Everything is good here, just add eggplant. (Pictured: roast pork, provolone, fried eggplant slices, hot salad.) 379 Columbia St., Red Hook, 718-855-6982. $9.95-10.95
The Scuttlebutt at Saltie(Credit: FLICKR/ Gary Wong)
Another vegetarian contender for best sandwich in the city is the Scuttlebutt, from the tiny and perfect sandwich shop Saltie, in Williamsburg. It's totally decked out: hard boiled eggs, feta, black olives, capers, pickles and pimenton aioli are loaded high on a savory, rosemary studded foccacia bread. It's salty(ie) and powerful. You'll leave feeling a little high. $12.
The BLT at Prime Meats(Credit: FLICKR/ Robyn Lee)
Sometimes all you need is a basic bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich. It's simple, it's classic, it's comforting. And when you come across the best one in the city, it's basically a cry-worthy moment. If you haven't had one at Prime Meats in Carroll Gardens, we suggest you hurry there. What are you waiting for? Benton's Smokey Mountain bacon awaits... (Lunch and brunch only.) $13
Pastrami on Rye at Katz's Delicatessen(Credit: Katz's Delicatessen )
Some may say you're not a real New Yorker until you've had this iconic, meat-heavy sandwich. Easily shared between two (or more), this freshly sliced warm pastrami creation at Katz's is perfect with some mustard and a plate of their pickles. $16.95.
Merguez sandwich at Little Morocco(Credit: FLICKR/ Young Sok Yun)
The merguez sausage sandwich at this Astoria mainstay is worth traveling for. Brownstoner Queens even called it "the finest merguez sandwich in all of New York City." The spicy lamb and beef sausage is made in house, and is served on a hot hero roll with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and green olives. It's finished with some harissa oil. This is not a sandwich for lovers of simple flavors. 2439 Steinway St., Astoria, 718-204-8118. $5-7
Big Mike Combo at Mike's Deli(Credit: FLICKR/ Joe Germuska)
A fully loaded sandwich from an Italian deli is one of the best things you can eat. At Mike's Deli on Arthur Avenue, a beloved Italian grocer and lunch spot, we recommend the Big Mike Combo, with, well, everything. Mortadella, ham, salami, capicola and provolone... $7.50 - 9
French Onion Soup-Grilled Cheese Sandwich at Mother's Ruin(Credit: Mother's Ruin)
Unctuous French onion soup meets buttery grilled cheese in this hell of a mash-up from gin den Mother's Ruin in NoLita. The soup is not the full-on French onion you're used to from a bistro- the cheese and bread topping is instead on the side (the grilled cheese sandwich.) The caramelized onions are also on the sandwich. You dunk it in the jus. Get it? Your hands will be buttery when you're done, and that's all part of the ridiculously luscious deal. $13.
Mean Green at Xe Máy Sandwich Shop(Credit: Xe May)
While the Banh Mi are delicious at the East Village's Xe May, the vegan rendition is truly impressive-- how does it pack so much flavor without meat?! Made with tender strips of soy-glazed portobello, spiced tofu, and a tangy cauliflower spread instead of their chili mayo, this whole wheat baguette packs a punch. Add extra sriracha or jalapeños for more heat. $7
Caesar Schnitz at Schnitz(Credit: instagram/melissabethk)
This crispy chicken schnitzel is topped with black kale Caesar salad, a fried egg and thinly sliced grana padano cheese, all sandwiched between a fresh pretzel roll from Tom Cat Bakery. The East Village's Schnitz creation is the perfect amount of crispy, crunchy, gooey and oozy, making it a top sandwich pick. Don't forget a side of homemade chicken soup! $10.
Connecticut Lobster Roll at Red Hook Lobster Pound(Credit: Instagram/followthefood)
Is anything better than lobsta with butta? We're going to say yes: freshly shucked lobster on a warm buttered roll, also known as the Connecticut Roll at Red Hook Lobster Pound. $16.
Short Rib at Bergen Dean(Credit: Facebook/ Bergen Dean)
Again, it's hard to decide which sandwich is the best here, but the new sandwich shop run by Rafael Hasid of Brooklyn's Miriam and Wolf & Deer has some great standouts. Bergen Dean's braised short rib is incredibly tender, topped with soft roasted onions, pickled beets, jalapeño and mustard. Their fresh daily soup and salad help round out the meal. $9.
Duck Confit Sandwich at Egg(Credit: Facebook/EggRestaurant)
While it's difficult to shy away from the excellent breakfast options at Williamsburg's Egg, their duck sandwich is well worth it. Pan seared duck breast is layered with duck liver pate, mustard, onion jam and greens on a fresh baguette, served with a choice of french fries or salad. $14.
BONUS! Sandwich the cat(Credit: ANDREW HAWKINS)
Georgia Kral's cat, Sandwich, dressed up as Cleocatra for Halloween last year.