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Jul 26, 2010 12:42 PM

Best sandwich outside of 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. DeFonte's -> best of the old school sandwich shops, in Red Hook. Served these at my wedding reception.
      John's Deli -> another old school sandwich shop - on Stillwell Ave on the Gravesend/Bath Beach border

      going to throw this in there because it is interesting (and painfully cool/hip) Saltie - this is new school - interesting options, some you would never think of working that do. Saltie is located in Williamsburg.

      John's Deli
      2033 Stillwell Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11223

      1. DeFonte's and John's Deli are both great rec's for "old school" sandwich shop. You could also try these:

        - If you are heading to DeFonte's you might also consider stopping by Fernando's on Union Street in Brooklyn (Carroll Gardens), which is an old school sicilian place. They have the most amazing "panelle" sandwiches (chickpea crepes with ricotta); i crave them and have never found them anywhere else.; stop at Mazzola bakery up the hill a bit from there for their incredible "lard bread" (bread stuffed with cold cuts) which is their trademark.

        - If you are heading to Coney Island, stop at Brennan and Carr's in Sheepshead Bay (Avenue U and Nostrand AVe). Dates to the 30s and serve's amazing fresh cut roast beef sandwiches on bulkie rolls served au jus. You'll feel like it's the 50s. Guys in little white jackets serve you your $5.95 sandwich. Love it.

        - In Bedford Stuyvesant, there's an old Jewish deli (now owned by a Pakistani family) that specializes in brisket, old fashioned style. David's Brisket House on Nostrand Avenue. Amazing sandwiches.

        - In Astoria, there's the old Sal, Kris and Charlie's Deli at 33-12 23rd Avenue. Great quality bread and coldcuts. They are known for their "Bomb" sandwich which -- you guessed it -- has everything in it. They cost $7 and 2 people could eat for 2 days on that thing. Though there are no tables you could walk to Astoria park to munch, which is quite nice. To wash the sandwich down, you could also walk a couple of blocks to the really fun 100 year old Bohemian Hall Beer Garden -- an atmospheric outdoor Czech beer garden that also serves sausages.

        - In Corona, there's a wonderful cluster of adjacent old-fashioned Italian deli and bakeries owned by the same family -- under the complicated name Mama's/'Leo's Latticini. Go into the little deli and order one of their incredible turkey sandwiches (best in the city, I think) and then take it down two doors to their much larger bakery. They will let you sit in there and eat (try to sit outdoors in back if space is available). You can then have a cannoli for dessert. (By the way, the best tacos in the city are purveyed practically across the street at Taqueria Nixtamal, if you have any room). Timmy's frozen custard shop is down the street, too and a few blocks away is the famed 60 year old Lemon Ice King of Corona shop -- amazing old fashioned Italian shaved ices.

        Bohemian Hall
        2919 24th Ave, Queens, NY 11102

        David's Brisket House
        533 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216

        John's Deli
        6801 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

        Union Street Cafe
        568 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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        1. re: Anicca

          Anicca, great info. Joe's of Avenue U also serves the Sicilian panelle sandwich. The 'especialle' is a heart attack on a bun. They also serve the meat version, vastedda, which used to be lung I believe or maybe spleen. According to my mother, it no longer is that meat because you can't get the cut but it is mysterious meat no doubt ;). For the original poster, John's Deli is about 10 blocks away from Joes of Ave U.

          Joe's of Avenue U
          287 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11223

          John's Deli
          6801 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

          1. re: dhs


            Thanks for the tip on the panelle. I have been to John's but I had never heard of Joe's of Avenue U. I will make a visit soon!

            Joe's of Avenue U
            287 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11223