The sandwich is a simple concept. Two pieces of bread with just about anything in between. But not since the advent of monogamy has something so straightforward been interpreted in so many different ways. That’s probably because there are tons of different methods of making a sandwich absolutely delicious. You’ll find a bunch of them on this guide.
From fried chicken on a buttermilk biscuit to braised short rib on challah, there’s no wrong sandwich to order from this New Orleans-inspired spot on the LES. But to really stir up thoughts of Saints’ chants and cast-iron balconies, order their oyster po’ boy, along with some beignets and Cafe Du Monde chicory coffee. Place your order directly through their website, or by calling 646-504-8132.
Have you or your loved ones tried to deep fry a pork cutlet on your electric stovetop? How did that work out for you? This feels like a good time to announce that Otaku Katsu on the LES is open for takeout and delivery service. You can go to their website to place your order for things like a katsu sandwich with things like chicken, tamago, or bacon and kimchi mayo.
If you’re in the mood for a sandwich, Mekelburg’s in either Clinton Hill or Williamsburg is one of the best options in the city. If you’re lukewarm on the idea of a sandwich, the one with meatloaf and red gravy or wagyu roast beef and comté here will set you straight. And if you’re completely against the idea of a sandwich, then you should probably read a different guide, or go to Mekelburg’s anyway, and get the three-cheese mac and cheese or caviar-topped baked potato.
This is our go-to sandwich spot in Sunset Park. They make 11 different kinds of banh mi. If you want to stick with the classics, get the #1. It comes with plenty of crispy vegetables and pork in various forms (ham, paté, pork roll, etc.). For something a bit more exciting, get the #7 (the sardine variety), which will turn your mouth into a saltwater paradise. This is good news considering you can’t really experience a saltwater paradise anywhere else. Call 718-633-6601 to place your order.
Along with Fiorello LaGuardia and reliving college, the pastrami sandwich from Katz’s is one of the greatest things about the LES. It should be your introduction to this iconic deli, but it shouldn’t be your whole relationship. The corned beef and the reuben are very much worth getting to know as well.
Zooba’s takeout and delivery in Nolita will make your hummus and turkey sandwiches seem like uninspired baby food. Check out their website to order one of their excellent pitas that are grilled and stuffed, like the one with spicy taameya or cheesy beef hawawashi.
It’s not a matter of if you should order the fried chicken sandwich from Peaches Hothouse, it’s only a matter of getting it ‘hot’ or ‘extra hot.’ If you go with extra hot, you’ll probably want to add an iced cocktail to your order as well. Like the original in Fort Greene, the Bed-Stuy location of this Southern spot is open daily, with links to delivery options on their website.
For the first time ever, Razza is serving a meatball parm sub. If you’ve had this Jersey City pizza spot’s bread, meatballs, and ricotta before, then you know this is a very big deal. If you haven’t, now you can get all three on the same plate. Razza is open for takeout from 3-8pm every day except Monday, but they only announce if they’re offering subs that day on Instagram just before they open.
If we could only keep one invention from the year 1900, then the world would just have to do without zeppelins. It’d be a small price to pay considering we’d still have Faicco’s in the West Village, and its chicken cutlet sandwich with pesto.
Both of Factory Tamal’s LES and EV locations serve about twenty five different sandwiches on ciabatta heros, including an excellent torta de quesillo with avocado, Oaxaca cheese, and papalo herbs. But you should also know that no meal from Factory Tamal is complete without a tamale. They’re relatively small and you’ll disappoint yourself (and us) if you don’t try at least one. You can place your pick-up or delivery online here.
Our favorite thing about the banh mi at Banh Mi Saigon is the spiciness from their mayo and stacks of jalapenos. So make sure to ask for your sandwich to be spicy when you stop by for takeout. If you don’t want to wait for your order, you can call 212-941-1541 ahead of time.
The Edge Harlem
The BLT at The Edge Harlem is served with texas toast lathered in garlic mayo. Adding jerk chicken is optional, but as you might expect, strongly encouraged. That delicious sandwich, as well as dishes like coconut fish with parmesan grits, is available for takeout or delivery daily from 11am-9pm (until 4pm on Sundays).
For a reminder of what normal feels like, you could dress your coat rack up as an attractive date and be disappointed with how boring it is to talk to, or you could order food from My Cuban Spot. It’s always been a to-go-only operation from a takeout window in Gowanus, and it still is. The whole menu is available for takeout or delivery, which means you can eat their pan con bistec with NY strip or perfectly balanced Cubano on your stoop or couch like usual.
If you find yourself in the East 70s wishing for a perfect deli sandwich, let Pastrami Queen be your north star. These sandwiches come on soft rye with exactly the right amount of lean meat. All you need to do is add mustard. Not feeling pastrami? The roast turkey here is also worth your respect and affection, even though it’s objectively a less sexy option. Either way, get some matzo ball soup and a plate of half-sour pickles in the mix, too.
The menu at this Italian deli in Jersey City is like a dating app in a small town - you’ll wish it had more options, but you’ll find yourself going back to it again and again. Order any of the five fantastic subs for pickup by calling 201-653-1666.
Shelsky’s is from the same people behind Shelsky’s deli/appetizing store on Court Street, and it’s where you should be ordering a very good bagel or rye sandwiches in the Park Slope area. Get one with gravlax, pastrami-smoked salmon, tuna salad, or a pork roll to appease all of your friends from New Jersey who rightly can’t stop talking about them. You can see their full menu and place your pick-up or delivery order here.
Bricks & Hops Beer Garden
Like boogaloo music and David Duchovny, the chopped cheese sandwich was born in New York City. It’s a cross between a burger and a cheesesteak, and it should be part of your order from Bricks & Hops. Order one from this beer garden in Mott Haven any day between 1-10pm.
If you’re looking for something vegan in the North Brooklyn area, this all-day cafe in Bushwick has sandwiches like a “chicken biscuit” with fried oyster mushrooms, and a panini with tamarind and jackfruit. In addition to offering takeout and delivery at their cafe in Bushwick, Sol Sips is taking donations so that they can give out free meals to the Bushwick community and during protests and Black Lives Matter vigils. You can learn more on their website here and contribute via Venmo (@solsipshospitality), CashApp (@solsipsnyc), or PayPal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mastering the grilled cheese sandwich is a sacred art form that takes patience, hand-eye coordination, and a whole lot of butter. And Earl’s on the UES has put in the work to get it right. There are three different kinds of grilled cheese here, but the one you absolutely must order comes with pork belly, kimchi, potato chips, and a fried egg on toasted sourdough. The more traditional one with mozzarella, miso mayo, potato chips, and pickles on an english muffin is incredible as well.
For Poblano-style food in Manhattan, you should know about Tuclingo del Valle. Tulcingo De Valle makes excellent Poblano-style food, and their tortas are the first thing you should be thinking about when you’re looking for a sandwich in Hell’s Kitchen. Place your order for a torta with spicy pork, beans, and jalapenos directly through their website.
Tasty Deli has been making great, affordable cold cuts since 1957 and their menu still has over fifty different options. It’s the kind of place where people have a “usual” and the guy behind the counter telepathically understands your needs. But if you’re new and easily overwhelmed, the “Celebrity sandwiches” and “Classics” are both great places to start narrowing down your options.
Picture a Cubano sandwich, and then try to imagine if everything about it was better. That’ll give you a pretty good idea of the version from Floridita in Washington Heights. It’s available for delivery from 7am-11pm or pickup 24 hours a day.
Asking for extra Senegalese hot sauce on your chicken sandwich from Cafe Rue Dix will elevate the meal from a straightforward ciabatta sub to something special that you could only find at this Crown Heights spot. No offense to the red peppers, avocado, lettuce, or tomato, which all play important roles as well. If you’re someone who likes to keep it mild, go with one of the burgers instead.
When you’re looking for a great Italian sandwich in Manhattan, order one from Pisillo. This Italian deli makes simple stuff with extremely high-quality ingredients like smoked mozzarella and prosciutto. Plus, they’re huge so you can share with your roommate or whoever you need to make a peace offering with because of your actions during quarantine. Both the Fidi and Chelsea locations are open for takeout and delivery right now.
Urban Vegan Kitchen
Vegan sandwiches get a bad rap. But Urban Vegan Kitchen is changing all that with options like chickpea tuna and a texas toast BLT with tempeh bacon. So if you’re in the West Village and looking for a solid vegan option to bring with you to the park, this is a great place to know about.