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Sandwich Tour - best places

I found the "Best Sandwiches" post from 2006, but nothing recent. A few of us are meeting up in Manhattan for the weekend and want to do a sandwich tour. Here's what we have in mind so far:

Katz's - Reuben/Pastrami on Rye

Nem in Grand Central - Bahn Mi

Tabla’s Bread Bar - Lamb and Mashed Potato

Melampo - "Pinocchio" Sandwich

Eisenberg's - Tuna Salad

What am I missing? Any adds/drops from this list? Thanks for your help!

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  1. Porchetta is fairly new and I love it. East Village.

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    1. re: malibu

      De Fontes, Num Pang, Baoguette

    2. Stuffed pide from Ali Baba Turkish Cuisine


      1. Do bagel sandwiches count (Russ & Daughters)? Pork buns (Momofuku Milk Bar, etc.; Ippudo)? Falafel in a pita? Chicken or lamb in a pita? Panini?

        1. You absolutely need to do Banh Mi Saigon Bakery in Chinatown, imo the best sandwiches in nyc (I usually stick with #1)
          Defontes and Porchetta are too new for that list, but you could maybe check them out.
          Melampo is now called Alidoro, but I have heard it is still good.
          I have been dying to go to Despana in Soho, they use imported Spanish products and supposedly the sandwiches are superb.

          1. Would include Lamazou, Caracas Arepa Bar & 'Wichcraft.

            1. At Katz's, forget the Reuben. It's all about the pastrami!

              Russ & Daughters - Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese (Take-out only)

              Lamazou - All the sandwiches are delicious. Menu on the website: http://www.lamazoucheese.com (Take-out only)

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              1. re: RGR

                Does Russ and Daughters make their own bagels for the sandwiches, or do they get them from someone else?

                1. re: farmersdaughter

                  They aren't a bagel bakery. Not sure where they get them. Possibly Kossar's, known for their bialys but also make bagels.

                2. re: RGR

                  agreed that the Reuben at Katz's is not worth given the other options...however, the best Reuben I have had in a while was at Lansky's on the UWS believe or not...

                  1. re: RGR

                    Katz's IS all about the pastrami, but if another type of sandwich is desired, their brisket - as long as it's ordered at least a bit juicy - is excellent.

                    And at Banh Mi Saigon Bakery, the spicy Banh Mi Ga (chicken) is in my opinion just as delicious as the regular Banh Mi.

                    1. Skip Nem and head to Banh Mi Saigon for the banh mi dac biet. It's hard to beat. Add Mexican tortas (or cemitas if you like it spicy) to your list. The chorizo torta at Taqueria Fonda y Mexicana is my favorite in the city, though the Taco El Idolo truck on 6th Ave and 3rd St. makes a reasonable rendition, too.

                      Parisi and Lamazou are great recommendations as well.

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                      1. re: JungMann

                        agree re SAIGON or BANH MI SO no 1 on broome for banh mi over that grand central place. by miles.

                        the EL IDOLO truck tortas are uniformly terrible. its after the bars close food only at best. nothing wrong with that, but if we're going that direction than i'll throw in the philly cheesesteaks at WOGIE'S on greenwich avenue too.

                        HAVANA CHELSEA on 8th avenue for the cuban sandwiches.

                        wait -- i just noticed a glaring omission here -- i haven't had one in awhile, but is their no love for those little italy italian hero's anymore?

                        1. re: mrnyc

                          Italian Food Center has been terrible since the change in ownership. They started serving sushi and the default prosciutto on all sandwiches is Canadian. Alleva makes a solid but unspectacular sandwich. Parisi is also good but not worth mentioning on a best of list. Nothing as good as Leo's in Corona. As for Despana, I like the sandwiches but they are a little light on the fillings and heavy on the wallet.

                          1. re: mrnyc

                            The El Idolo truck on 14th and 8th has slid down seriously in quality, but the truck on 6th Ave and 3rd St is pretty respectable if you haven't tried it. Your criticism reminds me, however, that El Angelo on Christopher and 7th Ave. South has both the El Idolo truck tortas beat.

                        2. On top of those mentioned, I will add:

                          The Ribeye Steak Sandwich at Primehouse
                          The Uni Panini at El Quinto Pino
                          The fried tongue sandwich at Txikito
                          The Italian hero at Faicco's on Bleeker
                          Sabich at Taim
                          The Cuban sandwich at El Castillo de Jagua
                          The chicken schnitzel sandwich at Pita Joe's
                          The spicy tuna sandwich at Zaiya Cafe (it's not amazing but sort of different from others)

                          I have had an amazing fried soft shell crab sandwich at Blue Smoke in the past (when ss crab was in season) but it's a special and not always available.

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                          1. re: kobetobiko

                            the bologna sandwich and the cuban (though not traditional) at blue smoke are also great.

                          2. The Caprice sandwich at Lamazou!

                            1. Cipolla Rossa's wild boar sausage with broccoli rabe and pecorino panini.

                              1. Taste of Seafood, 125th near Madison: 3 slabs of fried whiting on wheat w/tartar and hot sauce.

                                1. i'd also add the blt at Blue Ribbon and the pulled pork at Gramercy Tavern.