Best Cheesesteak in Manhattan?
I am desperately seeking a tasty, worth-eating cheesesteak. I've found and really enjoy BB Sandwich Bar on 3rd and MacDougal. This satisfies the craving, but it's not the traditional cheesesteak I'm seeking. I want a delicious sandwich that makes my mouth water while I'm eating it and makes me crave the next one. I've seen people recommend Carl's, which I had one time and was disappointed by. I've read some posts on Wogie's and can't say I'm compelled to try it out based on what I've read. Is there a cheesesteak worth having in Manhattan? If the answer is no, it's no. Thanks!!
(Any commentary with Philadelphia reminiscences/comparisons is unhelpful.)
Tony Luke's is indeed now Shorty's. Recently had their cheesesteak and thought it was great. The quality of the meat was quite good and the rolls were slightly crispy on the outside but soft on the inside. And, this is key, you can get cheez whiz.
I thought Carl's was very disappointing. I tried 99 Miles to Philly in the EV about a week ago and thought the cheesesteak was very good. Still, the best sandwich in town in my opinion is the Roast Pork Italian (with broccoli rabe and sharp provolone) at Shorty's (the erstwhile Tony Luke's). It is as good as Tony Luke's ever was, and the environs, including the Ninth Avenue boozers, are considerably more congenial.
I just went to Shorty's the other day and posted a narrative and pics on Roadfood.com. Here it is:
I also hit 99 Miles To Philly just before Thanksgiving:
I'm not a huge fan of Carl's as I've found their cheesesteaks to be overly greasy (especially on the outside). BB's I had once and it was so salty that all other flavors were lost in the shuffle. Had Wogie's once and can't remember what I thought of it and haven't made it to Philly Slim's yet. Tony Luke's was tha' bomb when it was just a little sandwich shop! How I miss it so!