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Top 5 New York Sandwiches?

Hi all,

I'm putting together a culinary school project in which I'm trying to demonstrate to classmates the utility and impact of the Chowhound boards. You could help me by answering the following:

If you could only have five more sandwiches in New York for the rest of your life, what would they be?

Please try to limit them to sandwiches that we could all purchase (i.e. not something that your grandmother makes once a year). Otherwise, you can be fairly liberal in what you decide to count as a sandwich - burger, taco... perhaps even a pork bun if you really feel strongly about it.

Feel free to give a bit of justification for your choices where appropriate.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Here's my list:

    - Black Label burger at Minetta Tavern

    - Three terrine banh mi at Ma Peche

    - Lamb burger at The Breslin

    - Croque madame at Fairway Cafe (I believe it's deep fried with bechamel and gruyere)

    - Carnitas quesadilla at Dos Toros

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    Minetta Tavern
    113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

    The Breslin
    20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

    Dos Toros
    137 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

    Ma Peche
    15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

    Fairway Cafe
    2127 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

    1. LIst of the moment (subject to change)

      El Quinto Pino: uni panini
      Russ & Daughters: everything bagel with Gaspe smoked salmon, cream cheese, onion & tomato
      Maoz: falafel with eggplant
      Taqueria: fish taco
      Banh Mi Saigon: vegetarian bahn mi

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      Russ & Daughters
      179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

      Banh Mi Saigon
      198 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

      El Quinto Pino
      401 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011

      Maoz
      38 Union Sq E, New York, NY 10003

      Taqueria Lower East Side
      198 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

      1. Steamed Cotto with Fresh Muzz (dipped in salt water), Tomato & Mayo on both sides @ Caputo's Fine Foods

        Pastrami & Corned Beef combo, with the fat on, Rye Bread @ Katz's

        Lamb Shishkebob, rare in a Pita, Tomato, Babaganush & Tahini @ Mr. Falafel

        The very rarely made Meatball Parmigiana @ DiFara

        Nova & Butter w Tomato & Onion on an Everything Bagel @ Kosher Bagel Hole

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        Katz's Delicatessen
        205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

        1. Pastrami on Rye, Katz's

          Al Pastor Burrito, Tribeca Taco Truck

          Bacon and Swiss Cheeseburger, Jackson Hole

          Minced pork Bahn Mi, Saigon Bahn Mi

          Smoked Salmon with plain Ben's cream cheese on a sesame bagel, Russ and Daughters

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          Katz's Delicatessen
          205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

          Banh Mi Saigon
          198 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

          Jackson Hole
          1611 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

          Tribeca Taco Truck
          New York, New York, NY 10012

          1. Had the pleasure of trying Best Pizza's much-lauded meatball sub at the serious eats all-star sandwich festival and it was just incredible. not manhattan proper, but totally worth the trip to williamsburg.

            Defonte's pepper and egg hero (and, frankly, most of their other sandwiches) would be right up there

            super heebster from russ and daughters (horseradish cream cheese, whitefish salad, and wasabi tobiko - my innovation was to buy the sandwich components together, get a bagel from somewhere closer to home/better and put the sandwich together myself with the addition of finely diced cukes) is maybe the best sandwich of all time.

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            Russ & Daughters
            179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

            Defonte's Sandwich Shop
            261 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010