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Best panini / sandwich in East Village?

sammyw111 Feb 11, 2009 08:30 AM

I live in the East Village and am currently having a sandwich kick. However, I've really been drawing a blank as to where to go when my sandwich craving kicks in!

I pretty much make it to Porchetta and that's it - otherwise I need to go down to the LES to Tiny's or Ronnybrook and/or Amy's Bread at Chelsea Market. I've wanted to go to Terroir, but they're only open for dinner/snacks, and unfortunately my sandwich desires strick at lunchtime.

Where can I go in the neighborhood to get yummy sandwiches?

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    hungrycomposer Feb 11, 2009 08:49 AM

    I love porchetta, but I also love
    Banh mi at Momofuku Ssam
    Banh mi at baoguette - I know, it's not in the EV, but it's worth it to walk a few blocks north.
    Cafe Orlin has a delicious hanger steak sandwich, which they may have at Mogador as well.
    I hear Abracao has great sandwiches, and they do have the best coffee in the neighborhood (though Orlin and Mogador are no slouches in that dept.).

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      City Kid Feb 11, 2009 09:10 AM

      I am a big fan of Caffe Elilia on 1st Ave. btw. 9-10th Sts. Nice variety of Italian sandwiches -- as well as a variety of other breakfast, lunch, dinner options -- at a charming, friendly cafe.

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      1. re: City Kid
        kobetobiko Feb 11, 2009 11:42 AM

        I am also a big fan of Caffe Emilia.
        If you like Japanese styled sandwich there is always Cafe Zaiya.

        Don't forget the egg muffin at Momofuku milk bar!

        1. re: kobetobiko
          lanadai Feb 11, 2009 02:28 PM

          I second Cafe Zaiya, their spicy tuna sandwiches are really good and cheap

          1. re: lanadai
            D...DF Feb 12, 2009 09:00 AM

            So is the Spicy Chicken sandwich (breaded chicken breast, spicy tuna-style mayonaise, cabbage on homemade bun for four bucks), but it sells out too quickly.

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        ExFlexitarian Feb 11, 2009 09:33 AM

        Sunny & Annie's bodega on 6 & B has seriously awesome sandwiches. I'd recommend the "Pho Real" (their twist on a bahn mi) or their classic turkey club on a hero.

        Some of their sandwich names, such as the 'Bloomburga', 'Bush Sandwich' and 'Joe-Bama' and their associated fillings give an interesting political statement.

        Politics between two slices of bread (or in a wrap sometimes)

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          silencespeak Feb 11, 2009 11:29 AM

          Caracas on 7th btw 1st and A is worth checking out for Venezuelan-style sandwiches called Arepas. Toasty, crepe-like shell with choice of filling.

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            hungrycomposer Feb 11, 2009 12:13 PM

            Has anyone tried the tortas (Mexican sandwiches) at El Atazcon on 1st Ave?

            1. _emilie_ Feb 11, 2009 12:18 PM

              Nicky's on 2nd and A for the bahn mi. It's no Saigon Bakery, but its a whole lot closer (if you are in the EV) and the bread is good. Plus its cheaper than just aout all the other sandwiches mentioned here.

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              1. re: _emilie_
                hungrycomposer Feb 11, 2009 02:26 PM

                I enjoyed Nicky's, until I saw the food prep area...

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                  MinhLikesFood Feb 11, 2009 02:44 PM

                  I think Nicky's is great on days where they decide to stay open long enough for me to get there. Are you talking about the prep area behind the counter? Or is there something else going on in a back room.

                  Also highly second the caracas rec, those Arepas are amazing.

                  1. re: MinhLikesFood
                    hungrycomposer Feb 11, 2009 04:34 PM

                    There was a prep area in back last time I went, which was quite a while ago. You only see it when you leave the main room to use the bathroom.

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                Lucia Feb 11, 2009 06:31 PM

                Definitely try Terroir--their bruschettas are also very good.
                If you're on the LES, you should try 'inoteca as well.

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