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Find me the best cheesesteak in NYC

JP Mar 17, 2006 12:32 PM

The title says it all--what's the best?

Price/location no object, Brooklyn is OK.

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    RGR Mar 17, 2006 12:43 PM

    I really like the cheesesteak at Carl's.

    For Brooklyn possibilities, post on the Outer Boroughs board.

    Link: http://www.carlsteaks.com

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      Keith Mar 17, 2006 01:15 PM

      99 Miles to Philly, on 3rd ave bet 12th and 13th is pretty good too. I like the Wiz With, with some hot peppers on the side.

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      1. re: Keith
        Nick F. Mar 19, 2006 04:29 PM

        Here here, and don't forget to get some Cheez Fries, though be prepared; they require much help from beverages.

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        Andrew P. Mar 17, 2006 01:54 PM

        IMO, Carl's is vastly, vastly superior to 99 Miles. Carl's has better meat and their bread is great.

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          John E Mar 17, 2006 06:45 PM

          I've tried all the ones previously mentioned which are all good. However, none of them in my opinion can even come close to Tony Luke's on 43rd/9th. Not only great cheesesteaks but their roast pork w/broccoli rabe is one of the best sandwiches I've had. All their ingredients are trucked down I95 from the original Philly location.

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            Pete G. Mar 17, 2006 07:20 PM

            Carls. Hands-down.

            I've tried Tony Lukes and 99 Miles also, a couple of times. Tony Lukes's meat was tough, the bun was soggy, and it was a mess way before I got halfway done. 99 Miles was better, but Carl's is the place. Great bun, good meat/onions/whiz ratio, and their fries are excellent.

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              DaveG Mar 18, 2006 06:33 PM

              I find Carl's superior to 99 miles.

              Just tried Philly Slim's. Meat is spicier and I liked it. Undercheesed, though. Even Double Wiz was slightly underwizzed.

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              1. re: DaveG
                ginsbera Jun 15, 2007 11:13 AM

                99 miles to philly on bleeker is closed down.

                Carls is the best in the city by far. The meat, the cheese, the bread - everything is top notch. They also have great cheese fries. If you go to a yankee game go behind plate on the lower deck and get carls. It's not as good as the one's in the city, but it's damn tasty

                1. re: ginsbera
                  clashfan Jun 15, 2007 11:26 AM

                  99 miles to philly just isn't good at all. Tony Luke's used to be good, but now I think it's pretty ordinary. But Tony Luke's isn't even really known for their cheese steak, ask anyone in Philly and they will say get the Roast Pork Italian sandwich. I agree.

                  I think Carl's is the best with Philly Slims coming at a close second. Regardless, we all know that as good as these steaks can be, they will not even compare to a place like Pat's down in Philly.

                  1. re: clashfan
                    DanaBee Jun 15, 2007 11:39 AM

                    I think I've been to all of them and I'd say:

                    1) Carl's (definitely the very best and open late nights too)
                    2) Wogies (in the West Village)
                    3) BB Sandwich Bar (not a true cheesesteak but still good)

                    1. re: DanaBee
                      ginsbera Feb 7, 2008 12:14 PM

                      Danabee I agree with your #1 and #3. I've heard woggies is good and I've been meaning to go there. Philly Slim's isn't bad either, but they do something I find annoying, they never push the meat and cheese into the bread, it just rests on the top...very annoying.

                  2. re: ginsbera
                    taraxstar Jun 16, 2007 05:56 PM

                    Carl's hands down. Or take a ride to Pat's in Philly

                2. egit Feb 7, 2008 02:14 PM

                  I don't like the cheesesteak at Wogie's, personally. Though I like the bar. There's a cheeseteak place on 9th ave up in the low 50s that i really enjoyed. Carl's was okay. Haven't been in several years, mostly because I was underwhelmed by my first three visits. (grew up just outside of philly, FWIW)

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                  1. re: egit
                    guttergourmet Feb 7, 2008 02:17 PM

                    Been to all except Wogies. Don't think any compare to Philly but I vote for Carl's. Wish Tony Luke's (now Shorty's) could've maintained their Roast Pork Italian standards from when they first opened.

                    1. re: guttergourmet
                      Scotty100 Feb 7, 2008 02:31 PM

                      Wogies easily the best. Great for beers too...

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                    susanderavish Feb 7, 2008 03:06 PM

                    I was born and raised in Philly before moving to New York - Carl's is the real deal.

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