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Best panini / sandwich in East Village?

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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  1. 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.).

    1. 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

        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

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

          1. re: lanadai

            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.

      2. 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)

        1. 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.

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