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Best Cheesesteak in Manhattan?

FlatironCouple Jan 26, 2008 11:05 AM

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.)

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  1. jakew8 RE: FlatironCouple Jan 26, 2008 01:04 PM

    Two places that you might try are Tony Luke's (although it's more famous for the roast pork) and 99 Miles to Philly. The latter is my favorite in the city.

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      TipsyMcStagger RE: jakew8 Jan 26, 2008 01:50 PM

      Isn't Tony Luke's (in NYC) now Shorty's Saloon?

      Supposedly has the same menu, but I haven't been since the name change almost one year ago.


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      Pelecat RE: FlatironCouple Jan 26, 2008 04:20 PM

      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.

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          S R RE: FlatironCouple Jan 26, 2008 06:44 PM

          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.

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            guttergourmet RE: S R Jan 26, 2008 06:57 PM

            I have been in mourning ever since the Tony Luke's name came down. I was so disappointed by the roast pork italian at Shorty's compared to what it had been at Tony Luke's. Is it really still good?

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            billyboy RE: FlatironCouple Jan 28, 2008 03:03 AM

            I just went to Shorty's the other day and posted a narrative and pics on Roadfood.com. Here it is:

            http://www.roadfood.com/forums/topic.... (Shorty's


            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!

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              guttergourmet RE: billyboy Jan 28, 2008 09:45 AM

              Yeah-you see that the Roast Pork Italian died when the name changed.

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              amysal47 RE: FlatironCouple Jan 28, 2008 09:51 AM

              My boyfriend is from Philly and loves the Cheesesteak Factory on 6th bt 14th and 15th.

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                egit RE: amysal47 Jan 28, 2008 01:19 PM

                I'm also looking for a good cheesesteak. I went to Carl's many years ago. I was underwhelmed. I used to go to Wogie's because I liked the bar, but their cheesesteaks are actually bad. I know everyone says the secret is The Bread... I disagree. I think it's the actual filling that needs to be good and at most places outside of philly it's simply awful.

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                metfan630 RE: FlatironCouple Jan 28, 2008 01:33 PM

                99 Miles and Tony Lukes are both good, nothing against them, but as far as the best, I went to Philly Slims on 9th ave bet'n 52 and 53rd and thought that overall, it was the best cheesesteak I have had in NYC.

                Got the wiz, w/ onions, and mushrooms (my standard order to gauge at any place). the bread was quality, and the meat extremely flavorful. hardest part was waiting for it to cool...but isnt that always the case???

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                  egit RE: metfan630 Jan 28, 2008 01:53 PM

                  Yes! THAT'S THE ONE I COULDN'T THINK OF! Philly Slims. The bread isn't "authentic" ... I don't think they truck it up from philly but the fillings are good. The bread is good bread, but it's not Amoroso's (and I really don't care either) Oddly enough my standard order is fried onions (sauteed, not deep), and I never get wiz. As a kid I never got wiz. I think white deli-american was the standard. Maybe it was sliced mozz. Definitely not individual slices though. I really never paid attention. I just ordered a cheesesteak with fried onions and it just showed up. Most places I went to simply didn't use wiz.

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                  howboy RE: FlatironCouple Jan 28, 2008 02:21 PM

                  I'm from Philly and we used to get Pat's King of Steaks, so I crave a cheesesteak every so often and I throw my vote to Shorty's. I get it with grilled onions, aged provolone, and sweet & hot peppers.

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                    billyboy RE: FlatironCouple Jan 28, 2008 05:47 PM

                    99 Miles does use Amoroso's bread, Hank's sodas, Tastykakes and has Guss' Pickles there too. They have some of the best onion rings I've eaten in a long time.

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                      jimmy jazz RE: FlatironCouple Jan 30, 2008 07:23 AM

                      I'm a pretty big cheesesteak fanatic. I've tried most of the places on the LES and the Village, Cheesteak Factory was extremely underwhelming, and 99 miles is great, however my vote is going to have to go to carl's.

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                        Scotty100 RE: jimmy jazz Jan 30, 2008 10:01 AM

                        Last time I was at Wogies the cheesesteak kicked ass...

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