Sandwiches, Subs, Hoggies, Grinders Needed ASAP
- JesseLou May 16, 2002 01:09 PM
My dad is in town (for the first time) from Colorado and he's only here until Sunday. He has his heart set on eating a great East Coast-style sandwich. (People from the West grow up with the impression that the East Coast is the land of sublimely good sandwiches.) He asked me what people eat out here: hoggies, grinders, subs, or what? I didn't know what to tell him. I've been here two years and have yet to come across any truly memorable sanwiches - except Katz's and 2nd Ave Deli and I already took him to 2nd Ave.
So, my question is: Where do I find these mythical sandwiches?
PS - And I'm not talking about any foofoo sandwiches. No fusion, fancy, Dean & Deluca-esq sandwiches. I want the down and dirty, drippy and over stuffed "Nu Yawk" version.
I would highly recommend 2 places:
1) Katz's deli for overstuffed pastrami or corned beef sandwiches. Not on a grinder or anything, but real classic NEw York.
2) BB Sandwich shop. It's new, it's on West Third Street. SOOO GOOOD! Cheesesteak sandwiches (I won't call them Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, because that will offend purists) on kaiser rolls with these wonderful grilled onions and homemade pepper relish.
How about: Manganaros Hero Boy Restaurant
492 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10018
If you're really adventurous, take him on the PATH train to hoboken and go to either Vito's or Fiore's (both are generally take out, but Vito's has a few tables out front). Get anything w/ fresh mozzarella on it and you won't be disappointed.
On Saturday's only, Fiore's in Hoboken has a sandwich that I am willing to declare one of the best, if not the best sandwich in the New York Metropolitan area.
It is a roast beef and "mutz" (fresh mozerella) on a fresh crusty italian baguette with gravy. The roast beef is store cooked and they keep a vat of gravy in the back in a metal steam table like container.
First, you choose your own bread at the front of the store and bring it to the counter. Then when you order a sandwich they cut the fresh mozzerella in front of you, slice the still warm roast beef onto the bread and then walk to the back and ladel the gravy on to each side of the bread. It is truly a masterpiece . The line can get pretty long between noon and two (by long I mean 10-15 minutes) so I generally go before or after, but I have hnever had anything like this sandwich. It is that good and well worth the chow excursion from Manhattan. The address is Adams Street between 4th and 5th. It is a 15-20 minute walk from the PATH station.
re: John M.
Fiore's is an old school family-run Hoboken institution well worth a visit. Old men playing pinnocle in the back and it doesn't get any more authentic than the three Italian men who work the deli counter. I did not know that the roast beef and gravy was only available Saturday's, bt come to think of it, I am usually there on Saturdays. Anything with fresh mutz there is good, but you nailed it, that is the best.
As Italian Deli's go, I second the Italian Food Center.
I do not recommend Manganaro's Hero Boy. The bread is below average. Right next store, Manganaro's Groceria is much better.
I grew up in bklyn my whole life and I agree with you, jimmy's has great hero's...they slice their cold cuts so you can see through them. I feel like manhattan deli's slice their cold cuts to thick, even when I ask for it thin.
Plus I would also like to recommend john's deli in bklyn on stillwell avenue. They have the world's best roast beef hero, with fresh mozzerella and grilled onions....a definite must do!
I agree with the two posters above me. Manhattan heroes are second-rate. You can find the most exotic cold cuts in New York City -- the widest selection of meats --, but they still can't make a hero. For starters, New York City (Manhatan) hero palces can't even cut the meat right. They cut it way too thick. Thin, to a Manhattan hero maker, is about the size of your thumb. Go straigh to Jimmy's Heroes in Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn, on Sheepehead Bay Road, just off the corner of Emmons Avenue.