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captainlou Jul 26, 2010 12:41 PM

I'm coming to town for a long weekend and am looking for a couple great sandwich places. I know this is a huge question for this city, so it might help guide you to think about "classic" NYC spots (my friend has never been there, and I haven't been in 10 years).

It could be a deli, or something more unique, but quintessential New York is what we're looking for. Any suggestions?

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    kathryn Jul 26, 2010 12:51 PM

    It is indeed a huge question. The quintessential sandwich could be a bagel with smoked salmon, pastrami on rye, perhaps one of the creations from Defonte's, a banh mi, a more nouveau creation, the pork or lamb burger from Xian Famous Foods.

    It really depends if you want European, American, Asian or pork, beef, chicken, turkey, vegetables, something else?

    Have you seen these threads?

    Don't leave NY without eating these foods
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/610739

    please help me eat during a month in new york
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/716238?#5710053

    sgordon's top 5 sandwiches:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/721266#5788328

    really good sandwich
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/702736

    East Village Sandwich Shop?
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/711275

    Sandwiches in Manhattan
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/514725

    Or these links?

    101 Best Sandwiches in NYC
    http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2010/05/the_101_best_sandwiches_in_new.html

    If you find the slideshow version of that NY Mag list too tedious, try these:
    http://nickminichino.tumblr.com/post/657654945/grub-streets-101-best-sandwiches-in-new-york
    http://blog.mattlehrer.com/post/658030049/i-created-a-map-out-of-grub-streets-list-of-the

    A sandwich a day from Serious Eats
    http://newyork.seriouseats.com/tags/A...

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    Xi'an Famous Foods
    88 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

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      RGR Jul 26, 2010 02:48 PM

      I don't think you can get too much more quintessentially NYC than Katz's, open continuously on the corner of Houston & Ludlow since 1887. *The* thing to have is a pastrami on rye + a Dr. Brown's Cream Soda.

      Katz's photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

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        steakrules85 Jul 27, 2010 06:46 AM

        Agreed. Katz pastrami is a must. The brisket isn't too shabby either. I have to admit I haven't tried many sandwiches in NYC as I'd like, but I also enjoy Defonte's roast beef with fried eggplant and mozzarella.

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        Chuck Lawrence Jul 26, 2010 07:24 PM

        Katz's - pastrami on rye
        Saigon Bakery - banh mi
        Minetta Tavern - Black Label Burger
        Pearl Oyster Bar - lobster roll
        Cafe Habana - cuban sandwich
        Tipsy Parson - BLT
        Vanessa's Dumplings - duck scallion pancake
        Barney Greengrass/Zabar's Cafe/Russ and Daughters (take out only) - nova, cream cheese on a bagel

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        Cafe Habana
        229 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012

        Minetta Tavern
        113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

        Tipsy Parson
        156 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

        1. daffyduck Jul 27, 2010 07:56 PM

          for quintessential NY ill echo everyone else's responses with katz and russ & daughters or barney greengrass (sturgeon is my favorite thing there)
          for something unique i like the cubano christo at carteles in the east village. its a cuban sandwich dipped in egg batter and deep fried.

          1. iFat Jul 27, 2010 08:58 PM

            During lunch hours, the sandwiches at Torrisi Italian Specialties are incredible. The chicken parm and fresh cut turkey are both out of this world.

            www.immaculateinfatuation.com

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            Torrisi Italian Specialties
            250 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

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              craft21 Jul 29, 2010 10:12 AM

              This is an extremely loaded question but I will throw out Alidoro on Sullivan as a front runner for best sandwich in NYC. I will also second the Cuban at Cafe Habana.

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              Cafe Habana
              229 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012

              Alidoro
              105 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

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                Huck Jul 29, 2010 03:46 PM

                There are slim pickings in Midtown so if you find yourself there I would suggest Xie Xie over on Ninth Ave around 45th St..... it is quintessential NYC perhaps only in the sense that it is a real chef (Angelo from the current "Top Chef") adapting asian flavors for a really good high end sandwich. I particularly like the Vietnamese beef, also the "1000 year old egg" ice cream sandwich, or something like that, is also excellent.

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