The NYC Sandwich Delivery Guide

27 spots across the city offering fantastic sandwiches for takeout or delivery.
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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. There are a lot of great sandwiches to try in NYC, and you’ll find our favorite ones for pickup and delivery right here.

The Spots

Sami & Susu

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Baguettes and pitas—these are what envelop the Mediterranean ingredients like harissa chicken and cauliflower with ras el hanout at this cafe on the Lower East Side. Sami & Susu also has soups, in case you need something warming—just know that our favorite item here is the beef tongue sandwich with anchovy-dill vinaigrette. Check out the whole menu and place an order here.

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Garment District

$$$$Perfect For:Casual Weeknight DinnerCheap EatsLunchQuick EatsSerious Take-Out Operation

The Uyghur lamb and cumin bun at Tengri Tagh in Midtown comes stuffed with sautéed peppers, onions, and slightly spicy lamb. Grab this sub-$10 creation (on a squishy, fluffy bun) for a satisfying meal that won’t drain your bank account.

With its twice-fried chicken and blizzard of cayenne and paprika, Chick Chick’s Hot Chickwich is the perfect union of Nashville flavor and Korean fried chicken texture. It has the perfect balance of crackly hot thigh, cold butter lettuce, and thick, slightly sweet pickles—all with a cooling white sauce. You can order directly from Chick Chick’s delivery website.

The sandos at Evil Katsu come on fluffy white bread with just the right amount of creamy Kewpie mayo. They’re big and messy, and you should try the one with a twice-fried, still-juicy pork cutlet. Place your order here.

The BBQ pork bánh mì at this UWS spot is a top contender for the best in the city. It’s filled with grilled pork belly that has just the right amount of char, and—with its swipe of mayo, scallion oil, and hoisin— it provides a sauce collage more visually appealing and delicious than any middle school art project. Place pickup and delivery orders here.

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, get the oyster po’ boy, and grab some beignets and Cafe Du Monde chicory coffee while you’re at it. Place your order directly through Cheeky’s website or by calling 646-504-8132.

If you’re in the mood for a sandwich, Mekelburg’s (in Clinton Hill or Williamsburg) is one of your best options. Try their hot chicken sandwich, or go for the one with meatloaf and red gravy. Or, if you’re completely opposed to the idea of a sandwich (you should probably be reading a different guide), get the caviar-topped baked potato.

This is our go-to sandwich spot in Sunset Park. They make 11 different kinds of bánh mì, such as the #1 that 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. 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 the only thing you order. The corned beef and the reuben are very much worth trying 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 a grilled cheesy beef hawawashi or pickled lemon falafel pita.

It’s not a matter of if you should order the fried chicken sandwich from Peaches Hothouse—it’s a matter of whether you’re getting it hot or extra hot. 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.

Faicco’s was the most exciting new NYC restaurant of the year 1900. We assume. Stop by this West Village institution, and order the eggplant parm or chicken cutlet sandwich with pesto.

Both of Factory Tamal’s locations (EV and LES) serve about 25 different sandwiches on ciabatta, including an excellent torta de quesillo with avocado, Oaxaca cheese, and papalo herbs. But no meal from Factory Tamal is complete without a tamale. Place your pick-up or delivery online here.

Our favorite thing about the bánh mì at Banh Mi Saigon is the heat you get from the spicy mayo and stacks of jalapeños. So be sure to get your sandwich extra spicy when you stop by for takeout. If you don’t want to wait for your order, call 212-941-1541 ahead of time.

The BLT at The Edge Harlem is served on texas toast that’s lathered with garlic mayo. Adding jerk chicken is optional, but strongly encouraged. That delicious sandwich, as well as dishes like coconut fish with parmesan grits, is available for takeout or delivery daily from 11am-10pm (until 3pm on Sundays).

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My Cuban Spot operates out of a takeout window in Gowanus, and it’s one of our favorite spots to grab a quick and easy meal. The whole menu is available for takeout or delivery, so get their pan con bistec with NY strip or perfectly balanced Cubano to eat on your couch.

If you find yourself in the East 70s wishing for a perfect deli sandwich, let Pastrami Queen be your North Star. Their sandwiches come on soft rye with exactly the right amount of lean meat. All you need to do is add a bit of mustard. Not feeling pastrami? The roast turkey here is also worth your respect and affection. And be sure to 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 where you should be ordering bagels or rye sandwiches in the Park Slope area. Get your sandwich with gravlax, pastrami-smoked salmon, tuna salad, or maybe some pork roll (to appease all of your friends from New Jersey). You can see their full menu and place your pick-up or delivery order here.

Bricks & Hops Beer Garden


Just like 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 between 4pm-1am weekdays and 12pm-12am on the weekend.

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 taquitos with tamarind and jackfruit. Check out their website for ordering options.

The grilled cheese sandwich is a sacred art form that takes patience, hand-eye coordination, and a lot of butter. Earl’s on the UES has put in the work to get it right. There are three kinds of grilled cheese here, but the one you absolutely must order comes with pork belly, kimchi, potato chips, and a fried egg. The more traditional one with mozzarella, miso mayo, potato chips, and pickles is incredible as well.

For Mexican food in Manhattan, you should know about Tulcingo del Valle. This place makes excellent Poblano-style food, and you should stop by for a torta with spicy pork, beans, and jalapeños. Place your directly through their website.

Tasty Deli has been serving great, affordable cold cuts since 1957, and their menu still has over 50 different options. This is the kind of place where you 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.

Picture a Cubano sandwich, then picture an even better one. That’ll give you a good idea of the version from Floridita in Washington Heights. It’s available for delivery from 7am-1:45am 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 can only find at this Crown Heights spot. If you’re someone who likes to keep it mild, go with one of the burgers instead.

Looking for a enormous Italian sandwich in Manhattan? Order from Pisillo. This Italian deli makes simple stuff with extremely high-quality ingredients like smoked mozzarella and prosciutto, and their sandwiches are huge enough to share. Both the Fidi and Chelsea locations are open for takeout and delivery.

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