Hero, hoagie, grinder, sub—whatever you call ’em, New Yorkers love a good sandwich, whether it’s a piled-high pastrami sandwich on rye to a gooey patty melt at one of the best diners in NYC. And the latest incarnations are the best thing since sliced bread, what with lively new sandwich shops in NYC dedicated to breaking the meat-cheese-and-bun mold, from stacked-high Dagwoods to jaw-testing Italian combos.
The best sandwich shops in NYC
From grilled-cheese havens to daffy lunch-meat temples, these are NYC's headquarters of sink-your-teeth-in sandwiches
Sandwich shops in NYC
The new-world delicatessen moves the new-Jewish compass well beyond the tarted-up, appetizing standards that made owners Noah and Rae Bernamoff into food-scene superstars. Here there are North African flavors (smoky lamb sausage layered with harissa) and nods to regional foodstuffs (a reverent rendition of Buffalo, New York’s beef on weck). And while malty rye is the coin of the realm at most classic delis, the Bernamoffs also boldly pile their fillings between halves of onion-speckled rolls, fluffy pitas, and challah bread so cottony and ethereal it may be the greatest thing since…well, you know.
The rotating varieties of num pang (Cambodia's answer to the banh mi) at Ben Daitz and Ratha Chaupoly's popular Southeast Asian–style sandwich shop include pulled duroc pork with spiced honey, peppercorn catfish and hoisin veal meatballs, all stuffed into crusty baguettes.