August is National Sandwich Month! Celebrate by trying out some of New York's best sandwiches.
Roast Pork at Meat Hook Sandwich Shop
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 BLT at Prime Meats
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
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 pickles. (205 E. Houston St., Manhattan, katzsdelicatessen.com)
Big Mike Combo at Mike's Deli
A fully loaded sandwich from an Italian deli is one of the best things you can eat, and Mike's Deli on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx is one of the best Italian delis in the city. Go big with the Big Mike Combo -- mortadella, ham, salami, capicola and provolone. Or sample one of the multiple courses Ohio Gov. John Kasich indulged in back in April while campaigning for president, when he dug into the Yankee Stadium Big Boy -- the same array of meats but with mozzarella instead of provolone, and the addition of lettuce and sweet or hot peppers. If it's good enough for noted foodie Kasich, you can trust it will be delicious. (2344 Arthur Ave., Bronx, arthuravenue.com)
French onion soup-grilled cheese sandwich at 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 in the form of a 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. (18 Spring St., Manhattan mothersruinnyc.com)
Mean green at Xe Máy Sandwich Shop
While the banh mi are delicious at the East Village's Xe May, the vegan rendition is truly impressive -- it will leave you wondering how it packs 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. (96 St. Marks Pl., Manhattan, xemaysandwich.com)
Connecticut Lobster Roll at Red Hook Lobster Pound
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
Bergen Dean, a sandwich shop run by Rafael Hasid of Brooklyn's Miriam and Wolf & Deer, has plenty of standouts. The braised short rib is incredibly tender, and is topped with roasted onions, pickled beets, jalapeños and mustard. The fresh daily soup and salad help round out the meal. (64 Sixth Ave., Brooklyn, bergendean.com)
Duck confit sandwich at Egg
While it's difficult to shy away from the excellent breakfast options at Williamsburg's Egg, the 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 fries or salad. (109 N. Third St., Brooklyn, eggrestaurant.com)
BONUS! Sandwich the cat
Georgia Kral's cat, Sandwich, dressed up as Cleocatra for Halloween last year.