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Jul 26, 2010 12:41 PM

Best sandwich in Manhattan?

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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  1. 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

    please help me eat during a month in new york

    sgordon's top 5 sandwiches:

    really good sandwich

    East Village Sandwich Shop?

    Sandwiches in Manhattan

    Or these links?

    101 Best Sandwiches in NYC

    If you find the slideshow version of that NY Mag list too tedious, try these:

    A sandwich a day from Serious Eats

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

    1. 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:

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      1. re: RGR

        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.

      2. 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

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


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