You’ll need liquid courage at Liquiteria—at least if you’re planning on braving their sandwiches. One, described as “New York’s best kept secret,” features browned avocado, flavorless soy cheese and pink tomato rounds on a soggy whole-grain roll. The only savior on the menu may be the portobello sandwich, topped with tart goat cheese and roasted red peppers. Smoothies are a better bet: The indelicately named “Royal Flush” packs a gingery punch, and “Peaches-N-Dream” has a pleasant cinnamon bite. Don’t take a date here: the stool-filled interior has all the charm of a Gray’s Papaya.
170 Second Ave
|Cross street:||at 11th St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 7am–9pm; Sat, Sun 8am–8pm|
|Transport:||Subway: L to Third Ave; L, N, Q, R, W, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St–Union Sq|
|Price:||Average sandwich: $7. MC, V|