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Nov 4, 2007 09:11 PM

Who has the best sandwiches in Queens?

I live in Woodside and would like suggestions close to my place

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  1. It's been a while but I had some incredible Chilean Sandwiches at JC Family Restaurant (formerly El Guatan), 68-14 Roosevelt Ave. The winner is called The Completo. They also have a hot dog in a hero size roll smothered with sauerkraut, mashed avocado & mayo. ThaiSon Vietnamese on 74 St across from the subway station has an excellent Vietnamese Sandwich and just $3.25. Peppino's on 61st has a very good chicken cutlet parmasean hero and others. Then there's the Butcher Block in Sunnyside that has outstanding hot sandwiches and excellent takeout platters very reasonably priced. I wished this place was near me. Located at 43-46 41st off of Queens Blvd.

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      1. re: Mike V

        All good answers above. Although the JC Family Restaurant is no more. The Mexican restaurant on the same block serves a pretty good torta, as does El Tequilero on 61st St. The taco trucks that set up on Roosevelt - particularly the one down by the 52nd St. station - also have good tortas. Alas, the once great cubano at El Sitio on Roosevelt is now pre-made and just OK. Still, it's tasty for the price. If you're going down to Sunnyside there's Mangal Kabab which has really good Turkish sandwiches - various kebabs and 2 types of doner kabab (schwarma, gyro) - on good Turkish "home bread." Of course there's always the burger at Donovan's, if you consider that a sandwich, and the pretty good burger at Stop Inn. Or you can just go to Kabab King at Broadway & 73rd and get some chicken tikka with raita and a naan and make your own delicious sandwich.

        For the "best sandwiches in Queens" though you'll need to go Italian and go to Leo's Latticini (aka Moma's) on 104th St. in Corona or Sal, Kris & Charlie's ("the sandwich king of Astoria") on 23rd Ave. under the railroad bridge in Astoria

        1. re: Woodside Al

          Al, are you absolutely certain JC Family Restaurant is no longer in business? I passed by two weeks ago and it was open. They no longer had the steam table in front. I'm curious, so I'll walk by today. .

          1. re: Mike V

            There is still a restaurant there, but it has changed hands and names and I believe is no longer Chilean.

            You can still get a pretty good Chilean sandwich and hot dog though from San Antonio bakery on the south side of the Grand Central Parkway service drive in Astoria.

            1. re: Woodside Al

              Al, when I walked by two weeks ago, I didn't look up and see the new name on the awning that replace JC Family Restaurant. No longer Chilean. It's a combination of Ecuadorian, Mexican & Italian. You would think that they would have kept those incredible Chilean sandwiches that were so popular instead of Mexican which is in abundance throughout the area. So instead of Chilean sandwiches they have Italian & American sandwiches.

          2. re: Woodside Al

            Leo's is definitely fabulous. I do not know where they get the cured meats from, but at least the turkey and pork are made fresh on-site, as is the mozzarella, which is to die for. The semolina bread they use for the sandwiches is also good. Add to that the fact that they are really nice people and Mama sitting in the corner reigning over all she surveys adds fabulous atmosphere to the place and you won't be disappointed. You may want to check out the pasta store next door--the stuff there is good, too and it's an easy, quick meal.

            1. re: Woodside Al

              Once again Woodside Al is 100% correct. Mama's is the winner hands down. Sal's over in Astoria is good. But its just Boar's Head meat, but they pile it on. In Woodside, all the good places closed or are a joke now . Butcher Block in Sunnyside is good. Go to mama's...take the 7 to 103 street, you'll have to walk about 4 blocks.

              1. re: Frankie

                Since I drive there from Forest Hills, didn't check out the subway thing, but it's great info for Manhattan people that you can get there by mass transit...

          3. Sapori d'Ischia has awesome sandwiches for lunch.

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            1. re: welle

              Sapori d"Ischia serves a bargain priced lunch including fabulous sandwiches in a very nice setting. The last time I was visited a few months ago nothing was over $10. Incredible service, food and atmosphere. Once while shopping in the grocery department, I ordered and took home a sandwich. Friendly staff and owner. I can't believe I missed mentioning this restaurant when I posted.

            2. When I lived in Bayside I would frequent Robert's prime meats (butcher and Italian specialties, also import groceries) on 35th Ave near the Clearview Expy. service road. They have an awesome chicken/mozzarella/roasted pepper hero on fresh italian bread. large, super fresh, and killer. I love that place. Making me look forward to the holiday trip I'm taking back to NY...

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              1. re: rosie17

                Roberts is proper!

                I like M&S on Francis Lewis btwn 35th & 33rd too though~

                One of the best Italian/Med. deli counters in the boro is in Strawberry Fields market on 150th & Willets Point in Whitestone.. Buy the bread at the market and head over to the deli to get it filled~ mmmmmmmmmmmmm

                1. re: rosie17

                  I am very tempted. Sounds like this place is in the path of some of my travels and I may have to check it out. Do they make their own mozzarella? Are the peppers the sweet kind or are they hot peppers? I probably will stop there sometime soon, regardless, but just curious.

                  1. re: Shayna Madel

                    I am not sure whether Robert makes his own mozzarella, but there is always fresh mozz for sale there and it's extremely good. the mozz balls in olive oil are seriously addictive, i could sit there with a loaf of bread and a container of those and just go to town... but I digress.

                    umm... the peppers in the sandwich, to my recollection, were sweet roasted reds, not hot. I'm going to have to make sure to get over there and have a sandwich come Xmas time. If you try it before I get back, make sure to report! :) And make sure to try some of their prime meat cuts while you're at it, they grill up beautifully (my parents grill year round so don't think me weird for suggesting a BBQ this time of year!)

                    1. re: rosie17

                      I am an apartment-dweller, so I don't grill except sometimes with a grill pan. I do not think you wierd about the BBQ thing. My sister in Bayside grills about 80% of the year, sometimes more. Thanks for the pepper info--I can't do the hot...Will report if I get there.

                  2. re: rosie17

                    Closer to Woodside, Sorriso in Astoria on 30th ave and 44th street makes amazing sandwiches, mozz and sopressata made in-house can't be beat.

                    1. re: Astoria Lurker

                      do any of these places do like those huge foot long subs that i can have for a house party? closer to sunnyside is preferable. THANKS!

                      1. re: Linda

                        Leo's does subs by the foot or on a circular bread--looks like a round hero. They also sell cold salads by the pound, but I haven't had any of them, so can't tell you how they are.

                        1. re: Shayna Madel

                          Sage American Kitchen in LIC hands down. Over 20 different types everyday and daily specials too. If they were only open at night and on the weekends.

                          1. re: Shayna Madel

                            Definitely the way to go. I served this at a party and they stuffed that hero good. Man I miss Leo's (Moved to LI).

                            1. re: abu applesauce

                              for others that are interested, i called both sal, chris & charlie's and leo latticini. sal's needs a day's notice, leo's needs about 2 days.

                              leo's is about $15/foot, offering both cold and hot sandwiches, including the special (italian meats, mozz, mushrooms). the woman i spoke to on the phone was nice and very helpful (irene). just by her attitude alone, i will most likely go with leo's. the guy over at sal was nice as well, but seemed rushed since i called close to lunch.

                              oh, she said that a foot is good for aout 5-6 people. is that b/c there's 1 piece per person? i'm assuming for 30 people, i may need more than 6 foot-long subs??

                              1. re: Linda

                                My sandwich was round and I believe was one solid piece which we cut on our own. BTW, the sandwich is about a foot thick too. As far as amounts--I'd just leave it to Irene--she knows what she's doing. I recall I went one foot over her recommendation and had a ton of leftovers, which is not a bad thing. And you're right about attitude--you couldn't be giving business to nicer people.

                                1. re: abu applesauce

                                  As you may have been told, Leo's will do a combo, half-Italian, half-American, if you need it. Depends on your group. As far as quantity is concerned, I think it depends a little on your group--lots of mega-eaters? Some kids? Long party? I might not order an extra foot for a relatively small group, but might do it for a larger group and figure the leftovers for lunch or a lazy dinner the next day. But I do not think it would be a "mistake" to be guided by Irene. The women who run this place are just the nicest. And Mama is a kick and a half. The pasta store next door is run by one of the other sisters--I can never get the names straight. Pick up some manicotti--yum.

                                  1. re: Shayna Madel

                                    I ordered the half and half--the American side is good, but not special like the Italian side. Maybe they do three quarter/one quarter? As Shayna alluded to, some of your guests might not be into peppered ham and salami (if they won't eat the muzzi I'd kick them out of the party), so a little variety is good idea. Good luck with party and enjoy.

                                    1. re: abu applesauce


                                      Strawberry Farms on 150th & Willets Point Blvd. does make their own Mozzarella! It's so fresh and made so often that 1 in 4 times I get it, the cheese is still warm!!

                                      1. re: HaveTasteWillTravel32

                                        Okay, so now I have to try
                                        --Robert's Prime Meats on 35th Ave., near the Clearview
                                        --Strawberry Farms on 150th and Willets Point Blvd.
                                        --Tony's Beechhurst Deli on 154th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues in Whitestone (mentioned on another thread)

                                        Others sound good, but not in an area I usually go to, though for the glory of chowhood, I may have to drive in a "new" direction...