RE: The best Cheesesteak
I've tried most of the cheesesteak places in NYC. Here's my list so far:
2.99 Miles to Philly
6.BB's Sandwich Bar
I haven't been to Philly Slim's yet, I thought Wogie's was ok. I had it once and don't remember it all that well. BB's is a out of left field riff on the cheesesteak. Thats all they serve there is the one sandwich. Its on a round deli/sandwich roll, chopped beef (I think chopped, not sure), american cheese, caramelized onions, and hot chili sauce (like sambal). I found it to be very salty and that one flavor overpowered the whole sandwich. Not very impressed. Carls Steaks is alright. I've been there a few times and I've found the sandwiches to be too greasy. Now I like my grease in a cheesesteak, who doesn't? But, the whole sandwich inside and out was covered in grease the last two times I was there. It was like a French Dip, but instead of dipped in beef juices, just in straight grease. 99 Miles to Philly is one of my faves, Finely hacked steak, grilled onions, whiz or provie (depending on my mood) with a good amount of grease soaking the INSIDE of the sturdy roll. Alwats had a good one there. They just opened a branch by my work and they give 15% off to local workers and they serve Gus' Pickles too. A local speacialty. My all time favorite though is the roast pro sandwich at Tony Luke's. I used to go there all the time when they first opened. Big, juicy, porky sandwiches with a peppery, garlicky bite and a roll that is soft on the inside yet hold up amazingly well to the moist, succulent pork inside. The roll also had a signature bump on the end that was crunchy. No kidding, I went there with friends and had 2 1/2 sandwiches in one sitting! I worked around the corner from them and I loved the whole "eat while you stand or get it to" go set up. They had two big containers or pickled and hot peppers that you could load up on as well for free. They closed for a while and renovated and now its set up more like a bar/restaurant. The sandwiches are about $1.50 more and still very good, but the last time is was there, I felt like they may have skimped a bit on the meat. Still one of the best sandwiches I've ever had. I'd take it over a cheesesteak anyday.