Hey pnwchef, allow me to throw in my 2 cents. Despite having lived in NYC for the past 10 years, I really don't know how iconic Jewish deli food and in particular, sandwiches, are to the other residents of my adopted city. A handful of them have certainly gotten much press in the past few years due to the explosion of food-centric TV shows and people posting their food pictures on social media sites. Representative or not, I would highly recommend stopping at any one of these places:
1.) Katz's Deli
- a corned beef sandwich, pastrami reuben or brisket on a club roll (with a side of brown gravy, at The Travelin' Man's
wise request) are just amazing.
I was there recently with The Travelin' Man and below are some pics from that excursion (still need to get that Trip Report online!).
2.) Taim Falafel & Smoothie Bar
- NYC has tons of places to get falafel and Taim has definitely raised the bar for me. Many thanks to ayersian
for that one!! Very small and the seats are only high-boy chairs but the freshness of the ingredients and how well they all come together make it totally worth it. They have two locations but the one at 45 Spring Street is a bit bigger and it's just a few doors down from Lombardi's Pizzeria
and Rice To Riches
3.) Hot Roast Beef sandwiches (Brooklyn) - This seems to have started as a Brooklyn thing: hot roast beef, mutz & gravy but it has made its way into Manhattan i.e. DeFonte's. There is another place called This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef
that I love! They're on 1st Ave between 9th and 10th Streets.
Below is the "That Way Sandwich" with hot roast beef, gravy and fresh mozzarella
4.) El Castillo del Juego
- a Cuban Lower East Side place that has excellent Cuban and Media Noche sandwiches. You may be the only non-Cubans in the place! On Rivington Street, they are located across the street from Economy Candy which is a fun place to check out!! Below, my Cuban sandwich.
Just steps from the Essex Market and a great bakery called Sugar Sweet Sunshine. And not too far away are the Doughnut Plant, The Pickle Guys and...
5.) Vanessa's Dumplings
- for sesame pancake sandwiches! I love their dumplings and their sesame pancakes but they also use the pancakes as the basis for some great sandwiches. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of the sandwiches. They put cilantro on them, which you can ask them to omit which doesn't always work (and I'm a HUGE hater of cilantro). They're ok but I crave their dumplings!!
6.) Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - while certainly not an iconic NYC type of food, Dinosaur makes a couple of sandwiches that I would certainly go out of my way to eat again!
The Ultimate B.L.F.G.T. (bacon, lettuce and fried green tomato) Sandwich. A pic...
And the write-up: http://www.roadfood.com/F...0019&high=dinosaur
As much as I love THAT one, the Pork-Sket is my "go-to" sandwich there (when I actually want something with bread! Usually I save my stomach real estate for more smoked meat.) Sorry, this was the best shot I had. It's a double layer sandwich: brisket covered in bbq sauce, melted cheddar and jalapeños topped with pulled pork and coleslaw. Messy but dang good!!
If you need any more advice just give me a holler!
post edited by billyboy - 2013/04/22 17:36:06