In 2019, All’Antico Vinaio popped up in NYC and the lines made people seriously weigh the value of their time against the need for an Italian sandwich. A permanent location of this Florence import is now in Midtown, and everything on the sandwich-only menu uses thin, crusty Tuscan schiacciata bread. They offer a lot of popular Italian meats like prosciutto, porchetta, and mortadella, but what’s unique are their creamy spreads that come in varieties like pecorino, truffle, pistachio, and ‘nduja.
This place has enough room for around five to stand at a counter, and it’s a good option for a quick bite before a Broadway show or a lunch if you work in the area. The sandwiches are huge, and once you try one, you’ll want to try the rest. It’s good to have goals.