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San Genaro Feast: Sausage and Pepper Sandwich

Are there any particularly good places to get a sausage and pepper sandwich at the San Genaro feast?

I was there last Thursday (Sep 16) and I had one from a Hispanic vendor (maybe my first mistake) about a block south of the north end on the west side of the street. (I should have noted the exact street but didn't think about it at the time)

The bread was soft and bland. The sausage was almost tasteless and had a texture something like slightly dampened cardboard. The onions were OK and the red peppers sprinkled throughout were OK if you like the sweet ones. ( I prefer the green peppers that are not literally sweet. )

The main thing was the meat was awful. A half decent prepackaged supermarket sausage would put it to shame.

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  1. San Gennaro -when Wes Craven designs a street fair.

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      1. re: gutsofsteel

        san Genaro has been a hoax for ove 30 years, very few of the specialty stores/shops make any real effort to promote their products and treats. Jujst think of the sourcing for this event Is there any incentive for the vendors to sell a quality product, when they will never see you again? Food stands follow the festival circuit and you are assuredly not going to get great or even good food!!

    1. Everything there is pretty generic and mediocre except for the new Torrisi stand.


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      1. re: kathryn

        Correction: everything there is pretty horrible and chaotic. I had to literally beat a path to the new Torrisi stand with my red grocery bags as shields as tourists mobbed the streets, yelling in made up Sicilian and openly brawling in the streets. All this before the sun went down, basking patrons in the reflected glow of their Ed Hardy shirts.

        I was told by friends in the neighborhood that the stand wasn't in front of Torrisi when they went Monday and Tuesday so once I finished my search from Canal to Spring, I veered away frustrated. Little did I know I was only a block away from making it all worthwhile.

        1. re: JungMann

          JungMann, How was the Torrisi booth? Worth the bother?

          I think the deal with Monday and Tuesday is they had sold out unexpectedly from their weekend sales, and had to shut down for a couple days.

          1. re: sugartoof

            Their mozz sticks are GREAT, but expensive. 3 (really 2 1/2) for $5.

            1. re: sugartoof

              I got frustrated before I could find it, but my friends who went said the mozzarella sticks were great but the rabe was not.

        2. I have friends who used to live near Elizabeth and Spring [two blocks away!] who would leave town in September precisely to evade the ugliness of San Gennaro.

          1. I cringe when an out of town friend visits NYC and wants to go to SG. I have had some unusual and interesting street food at other street fairs. But why eat at a street fair? So many great restaurants everywhere in NYC.

            1. The question was not "should I eat at San Gennaro". The question was "where do you get a decent sausage sandwich at San Gennaro".

              My experience has always led us to John's. though Im not actually sure it says that on the sign. Corner of Mulberry and Grand. My friend tipped me off to it years ago. She learned it from the cops stationed in her building downtown.

              We go for lunch on a weekday when it's most definitely chilled out. I don't eat meat anymore (this year I will eat zeppole for lunch!), but I used to always get 2 - one to eat on the spot and 1 for dinner later!

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              1. re: piegirl74

                Ahhhhhhh! I was thinking the OP was asking which of the booths at the festival to get a good sammich since he tried one from a "Hispanic" vendor. In that case my answer would have been: "no, you won't find a good sammich at the vendors"
                Find a good sammich in the neighborhood, certainly.

              2. I love it when people talk about San Gennaro having been better years ago...

                I've been going for 30 years...It's always been the same. Like it or not.

                The best bracciole and sausage sandwiches are made at Johnny Fasullo's stand on the southeast corner of Mulberry and Grand.

                They roast their own hot peppers and let you pick them from a pan to add to your sandwich. Good stuff!

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                1. re: il Trifulau

                  Reviving this older post...I just had a pretty decent one at San Genaro today. I agree, the Fasullo's on Grand, is where I usually go. Some years it's decent some years eh. Today I had a hot sausage that just came off of the coals. It was tastier then usual, nice and smoky, and had a good snap to it. The onions &peppers were just ok, What drives me to this stand year after year, are the free hot peppers you can put on top of your sandwich.