Is It Lunchtime Yet? Here Are The 10 Best Sandwiches In NYC

Broccoli roasted until the tips are crunchy, tofu seared in peanut oil, juicy, fatty pork-—that stuff is good on its own. Put any of it between two slices of bread, and it's a portable meal. A way delicious one, especially when that aforementioned bread is baked in-house and toasty on the outside, or fluffy and dotted with pebbles of sea salt. Hungry yet? Put the phone down and step away from the take-out menu. We're giving you the ten best sandwiches our city's got to offer, and believe us, foodies and junk grub lovers alike will really be able to, uh, sink their teeth into this delicious round-up.
Click through to find the finger food of your dreams, but weak-of-heart, be warned: You should look away now if you're not into carbs.
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No. 7 Sub

No. 7 chef Tyler Kord continues his ballsy cross-cultural pairings at this sandwich shop on the ground floor of the Ace Hotel. Brie with plantain chips, pulled pork with feta, bologna with Chinese mustard—trust him, it works. You can't sit down—there's nowhere to do it—but you can people watch from the line that's usually out the door come lunch time.

What to order: Broccoli sub (with lychee much, ricotta salata, and pine nuts) $9

No. 7 Sub, 1188 Broadway (between 28th and 29th Streets); 212-532-1680.

Photo: Courtesy of Mallory Dash
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Café Habana

Diners are packed into this Mexican-Cuban spot, but so is the pork in its famous sandwich, and that's why people come here. (And it's why they stop owner Sean Meenan on the street—to discuss its deliciousness.) The restaurant itself is not much to look at, but don't judge until you sink your teeth past that crunchy exterior and into layers of pork and pickles. Proof of its power: Since establishing the café in 1998, Meenan has opened two more locations.

What to order: Cuban sandwich, $7

Cafe Habana, 17 Prince Street (near Elizabeth Street); 212-625-2001.

Photo: Courtesy of Cafe Habana
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City Sandwich

"Born in Naples, raised in New York, cooked in Lisbon, back in New York," reads the City Sandwich website in regards to chef Michael Guerrieri. And those "ItaLisboNyorker" flavors really work; there's blood sausage, soaked codfish, and fresh oregano. For the carb averse—or for those looking for the perfect crunch--Guerrieri removes the insides from each loaf of bread so that the exterior gets crispy and the whole bundle is relatively light. And he makes yogurt-based spread—no mayo here.

What to order: Diane (grilled radicchio, grilled onions, roasted tomato, roasted zucchini, goat cheese, sweet balsamic vinegar, olive oil) $9.50

City Sandwich, 645 9th Avenue (between 45th and 46th Streets); 646-684-3916.

Photos: Courtesy of City Sandwich
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Mary's Fish Camp

In the big Mary's-or-Pearl debate, we fall into the Mary's camp. The walls are dressed in a friendly powder blue, the waitresses' lips are painted various coral and pink shades, and the lobster roll, though very similar to Pearl's, is slightly more tart. We likey. If there's a wait, sit on the bench outside with your mini juice glass of rosé until your name's up.

What to order: Lobster Roll, M/P

Mary's Fish Camp, 64 Charles Street (near 4th Street); 646-486-2185.

Photo: Courtesy of Heather Phelps Lipton
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Saltie

We've talked about Saltie before, and we'll talk about it again. Caroline Fidanza's sandwiches, made along with her fellow Diner alums Elizabeth Schula and Rebecca Collerton, are just too damn good. And salty. Which makes them even better. The menu is short, but there are some great options for non meat-eaters on offer, and the décor is sparse but evokes the sea. Don't forget to stop by Momofuku Milk's bakery a couple doors down and pick up a dozen Compost cookies.

What to order: The Captain's Daughter (sardines, pickled egg, salsa verde) $10

Saltie, 378 Metropolitan Avenue (between Havemeyer Street and Marcy Avenue) Brooklyn; 718-387-4777.

Photo: Courtesy of Howard Walfish
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Mile End Delicatessen

We'd venture to say that Mile End is the only locavore Montreal-Jewish delicatessen in Brooklyn. What does this mean? Smoked mackerel on a sesame roll, chopped liver with a house-baked pletzel, and, of course, poutine. Sit at the counter, order a plate of pickles and one of the excellently-chosen brews, and ponder the fact that these guys might just give Katz's a run for its money.

What to order: Smoked meat sandwich (cured and smoked beef brisket, rye, mustard) $12

Mile End, 97A Hoyt Street (near Atlantic Avenue), Brooklyn; 718-852-7510.

Photo: Courtesy of cherrypatter
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Murray's Cheese

We remember the day Murray's Cheese shop opened its little "melt" counter. Our worlds suddenly became a little brighter. Okay, really, our hangovers were made a little less painful. The breakfast melt, with its fried egg, smoked bacon, and Bay's English muffin—and a free pickle on the side if you want it!—is the ultimate cure. Don't wear your favorite comfy Alex Wang if you don't want it to smell like fontina.

What to order: Breakfast melt $6

Murray's Cheese, 254 Bleecker Street (near Cornelia Street); 212-243-3289.

Photo: Courtesy of Allison Hemler
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Num Pang

Two college buddies turned New Yorker chefs decided to leave their more haute cooking jobs for a sandwich shop. And now they have two of said sandwich shops: a second location opened this summer in midtown. What kind of sandwiches? Well, "num pang" means "sandwich" in Cambodian, so that should give you an idea. Ingredients include ginger, soy, tamarind, and coconut flakes.

What to order: Spicy organic tofu (ginger soy-honey glaze, leeks) $7

Num Pang, 21 East 12th Street (between 5th Avenue and University Place); 212-255-3271.

Photo: Courtesy of Num Pang
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Smith Canteen

The folks from Seersucker, that haven of Southern comfort food, opened a café just down Smith Street earlier this year. While fried chicken is the thing to order at the restaurant, another bird has guests of the take-out shop talking: the oven-roasted turkey. It's served on a croissant sprinkled with poppy and sesame seeds, "everything" bagel-style. And then there's bacon, lettuce, and house-made sage mayo. Mmmm.

What to order: Turkey on everything croissant $9

Smith Canteen, 343 Smith Street (between Carroll and President Streets), Brooklyn; 718-422-0444.

Photo: Courtesy of Smith Canteen
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Torrisi Italian Specialties

Soooo it's not exactly open yet, but when it is, you must go to Parm. The duo from Torrisi Italian Specialties has made such a success out of the sandwich shop their prix-fixe restaurant becomes by day that they've bought the space next door and are about to finish the last coat of paint. They'll serve plated dishes, cocktails, and desserts, but the main draws are those sammies. In the meantime, get your fix at Torrisi during the lunch hour.

What to order: Chicken Parm $8 roll, $10 hero

Torrisi Italian Specialties; 250 Mulberry Street (near Prince Street); 212-965-0955;

Parm, 248 Mulberry Street (between Spring and Prince Streets); no phone available.


Photo: Courtesy of Erin & Camera
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