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The 101 Best Sandwiches in New York City
June 9, 2010 8:54 AM   Subscribe

The 101 Best Sandwiches in New York City. Listed for your convenience on Google Maps.

Also: Top sandwiches for Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Boston, and Chicago. Unfortunately, listings on Google Maps only for NYC.
posted by Fizz (68 comments total) 60 users marked this as a favorite

 
Holy crap this is a great list. Thanks for posting it.

Completely agree with #84, btw. :)
posted by zarq at 9:01 AM on June 9, 2010


Hello there, sandwich bucket list.

I go to NYC every other week for meetings. A few months ago, I finally managed to get my coworker to go somewhere other than greaseville in Penn Station and we hit Momofuku for the pork buns. OMG so delicious. I can't wait to try all of these.
posted by frecklefaerie at 9:02 AM on June 9, 2010


I'm not a New Yorker, but it seems a little ridiculous to have Chick-Fil-A on the list, doesn't it? I'd like to think that I can get a better sandwich than that in NYC. If I'm sandwiches #79-101, I'm a little disappointed right now. If I'm sandwich #102, I'm livid.
posted by .kobayashi. at 9:06 AM on June 9, 2010 [4 favorites]


80 sandwiches PR guys pitched us. 20 transcendent sandwiches
posted by JPD at 9:06 AM on June 9, 2010


14. Pastrami, Katz’s Delicatessen

I moved from the east coast to Minnesota 5 years ago. Every time I'm back in New York City I stop by Katz's for this. Sometimes it's the only place I stop.
posted by roue at 9:07 AM on June 9, 2010 [2 favorites]


Awesome article but 101 separate pages? Ajax or not, which parallel universe's UI standards declare that asking a user to click 101 times to get through the article is good practice?

Good to see Roll 'n' Roaster on there. Can someone with more patience tell me if anything from Brennan & Carr make it on there?
posted by griphus at 9:07 AM on June 9, 2010 [3 favorites]


Oh, and hell yes #75. Prosciutto and Fresh Mozarella FTW.
posted by zarq at 9:10 AM on June 9, 2010


I am *so* glad I've already had lunch.
posted by MuffinMan at 9:12 AM on June 9, 2010


Damn, clickbait. A 101 page slideshow? Get bent, Grubstreet.
posted by Slap*Happy at 9:13 AM on June 9, 2010 [12 favorites]


Ajax or not, which parallel universe's UI standards declare that asking a user to click 101 times to get through the article is good practice?

It doesn't even work for me, so I can't see past 101, so therefor I can only assume this list is stupid, incomplete, and that I know better sandwiches than bad webpage designers.
posted by fuq at 9:13 AM on June 9, 2010


Griphus, Brennan & Carr didn't make it.

Cheat: If you just want to see a list of the sandwiches, no info and no pics, click on the drop-down in the survey link and you can see them all. Not the most convenient, but better than nothing.

I was annoyed about the Chik-Fil-A inclusion, too. I can think of about 15 sandwiches I've had that could fill that spot. Plus, if you read the description, the ONLY Chik-Fil-A in New York happens to be on NYU property. Useless.
posted by inmediasres at 9:15 AM on June 9, 2010


Fucker's got like 6 or 7 banh mi on it. Pretty dramatic!

Anyway I very much want to eat the handful of these that are vegetarian. Basically nothing in my home or work neighborhoods, though. =P
posted by grobstein at 9:15 AM on June 9, 2010


@ Slap*Happy - never heard the term clickbait before...cheers
posted by lslelel at 9:18 AM on June 9, 2010


This #100 is the only I care about at all. But I care about it a lot.
posted by edbles at 9:18 AM on June 9, 2010


Lived in NY 9 years. Ate a lot of sandwiches. Loved some of them so much I go back just to eat them. Not one was on this list, but Chick-fil-A was? Really?

What about the catfish sandwich at Enid's? The pulled pork at Coco68? The burger at Old Town? Really?
posted by millipede at 9:20 AM on June 9, 2010


Griphus, Brennan & Carr didn't make it.

Well, then this list is bullshit and I will have nothing to do with it.

That has nothing to do with my being from Gravesend/Bensonhurst, of course. Nothing at all.
posted by griphus at 9:21 AM on June 9, 2010


I am so up for 97, 95, 85, 77, 73, 66...and the list goes on. The clicking is a bit annoying but page after page of things that are fried, salty, slathered in sauce or cheese and served on bread (or plantains!)...heaven!
posted by victoriab at 9:22 AM on June 9, 2010


For those in Toronto: The Best Sandwiches in T.O.. Also in T.O.
posted by Fizz at 9:29 AM on June 9, 2010


The clicking is annoying, yes, but the photos are gorgeous and putting them each on a separate page highlights that, somewhat. Also, I love me a good sammich.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 9:32 AM on June 9, 2010


Mile End is incredible - but they always run out of meat early, usually around 3pm.
posted by infinitefloatingbrains at 9:33 AM on June 9, 2010


I saw this a few days ago, and my reaction was that some of the stuff on that list is truly off the motherfucking hook, but a lot of the selections were only designed to be provocative. For example, they list the "Sloppy Bao" from Baoguette; while that's a pretty good sandwich, there's no way in hell it beats their amazing classic banh mi. That strikes me as one of a number of listings that were picked merely to make a show of being "in the know" about the less-ordered sandwiches at some of these joints. (Also annoying me: selecting the shrimp roll from Luke's; it's good, but nowhere near as sublime as their lobster roll).
posted by Greg Nog at 9:35 AM on June 9, 2010


I assume the Chik-Fil-A reference is GRAR bait to get people to pass it around. I mean it's a good chicken sandwich when you're stuck in a tourist trap town where the only quick, cheap food is chain fast food. But if you live in NYC and eat chain fast food, you're doing it wrong. Feel free to eat corner deli egg and cheese sammichs though, because those are delicious.
posted by edbles at 9:35 AM on June 9, 2010


(also I know I sound like some kind of Grouchy Foodblog Guy up there, so sorry about that; any list of one hundred delicious things to get in New York, listed with locations and prices, is actually extremely rad)
posted by Greg Nog at 9:38 AM on June 9, 2010


um. awesome list. thanks!
posted by edouble2nyc at 9:41 AM on June 9, 2010


Sunny and Annie's! That was my local place on ave B and 6th st for about 15 years. They made the best, biggest sandwiches anywhere. I always preached their sandwiches to those who didn't know. Those folks saw me in some pretty strange states of mind since I'd often stop in on my way home in the very late hours of post partying.
posted by Liquidwolf at 9:42 AM on June 9, 2010


Of the 101 "best sandwiches in New York" they really expect me to believe that there's just four from Queens, one from the Bronx , and not even one from Staten Island? Bullshit. Complete and total bullshit. This is more like "The 101 best sandwiches in the parts of New York where tourists are likely to go".
posted by deadmessenger at 9:42 AM on June 9, 2010 [3 favorites]


yeah, but who would brave staten island for a sandwich?

I saw this last week and hit Momofuku ma peche the next day for their terreine Banh Mai. Damn fine sandwich.
posted by slapshot57 at 9:45 AM on June 9, 2010


Thanks for posting before lunch. Unfortunately, there's too many choices. Like the menu at Shopsin's.
posted by fungible at 9:48 AM on June 9, 2010


Wow they got sandwiches in New York now? huh.
posted by boo_radley at 9:50 AM on June 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


Clearly, there are no sandwiches worth eating in Seattle.
posted by warbaby at 9:51 AM on June 9, 2010


Some would disagree.
posted by Artw at 9:56 AM on June 9, 2010


I don't have anything to do with NYC or even any local sandwich shops, but this is a spectacular wellspring of ideas for making sandwiches at home. The site navigation idea is a different story altogether... 101 clicks? Seriously? What webmaster thinks that's not going to piss off a good share of their users?
posted by crapmatic at 9:58 AM on June 9, 2010


Alidoro (#8 on the list) on Sullivan St. IS pretty amazing. The bread, the bread....
posted by R. Mutt at 10:02 AM on June 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


Metro Detroit's Best Sandwiches. Sadly, we only have a meager 25.
posted by fusinski at 10:03 AM on June 9, 2010


I can't tell if either clicking 101 times or seeing people type "sammich" is more annoying.
posted by Threeway Handshake at 10:06 AM on June 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


So those outside of North America don't get too jealous: Around the World in Sandwiches: A Top 5 List
posted by Fizz at 10:08 AM on June 9, 2010


There's no way I'm clicking 101 times. For anyone who puts up the entire list, I will deluge you in "favorites"
posted by Lacking Subtlety at 10:10 AM on June 9, 2010


Sandwiches are truly beautiful!
posted by Danf at 10:14 AM on June 9, 2010


yes! my favorite place is not on the list! MY SECRET IS SAFE! But... I'll tell you guys cause your cool: Lamazou on 3rd between 26-27th st. Get the Smart Duck: roast duck, brie, tiny pickles, baby spinach, mustard on a super-fresh baguette. OMG
posted by Mach5 at 10:15 AM on June 9, 2010 [4 favorites]


Clearly, there are no sandwiches worth eating in Seattle.

He's right! The only Chick-fil-A in all of Washington is in Bellingham.

Seattle will just have to suffer with Salumi and Paseo.
posted by ecurtz at 10:20 AM on June 9, 2010


Alidoro and Lamazou are legit. Many of the others on this list are not.
posted by JPD at 10:21 AM on June 9, 2010


Nolist of great sandwiches is complete without mentioning the muffaletta from Central Grocery in New Orleans.
posted by TedW at 10:22 AM on June 9, 2010 [2 favorites]


they totally skipped over columbine in tribeca. the malibu veg there is amazing.

also, they need a vegetarian version of this list - not enough options for me to care about this one.
posted by cristinacristinacristina at 10:28 AM on June 9, 2010


cristinacristinacristina,

also, they need a vegetarian version of this list - not enough options for me to care about this one.

From: America's Best Vegetarian-Friendly Large Cities - #4 New York, New York

Here you go. Cheers.
posted by Fizz at 10:32 AM on June 9, 2010


I only flipped through, but the scuttlebutt sandwich at Saltie is easily in the top 5 sandwiches I've ever had in my entire life. Thinking about it now makes me want to quit my job and never stop eating them.
posted by frankdrebin at 10:36 AM on June 9, 2010


They have the best tuna sandwiches on the planet here (great bread, too!).
posted by ericbop at 10:37 AM on June 9, 2010


Judging by the map and the stuff close to my office... the list is good!
posted by JBennett at 10:48 AM on June 9, 2010


No Franklin Corner Store? What an insult.
posted by zvs at 10:48 AM on June 9, 2010


Just had the Roast Pork Special at Shorty's. Pretty awesome, italian fries. May want to save the tip money for your angioplasty, however.
posted by fungible at 11:00 AM on June 9, 2010


I've got to admit that I'm utterly baffled by the total lack of burgers on this list. Yeah, yeah, I know they tend to occupy a slightly different space in people's culinary consciousness, but they are fucking sandwiches by any definition.
posted by Nothing... and like it at 11:29 AM on June 9, 2010


TedW - I'm an apostate. I like my muffies toasted, a'la Napoleon House, or sitting a while so the sandwich solidifies some. A half-muffie from a supermarket up in mid-city is cheaper and just as good as from the tourist spots.

An oyster po-boy from a good lunch counter or bar-b-que shrimp on a fresh baguette are acceptable substitutes for a muffeletta.
posted by Slap*Happy at 11:32 AM on June 9, 2010


On one hand, you get depressed about the fact that you're stuck in Atlanta. Then you realize that Atlanta has it's charms and that many of the sandwiches featured are available to you in dive joints on Buford Highway. So, you perk up and plan to hit Lee Bakery for lunch in the next few days.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 11:37 AM on June 9, 2010


Hey guys, I ripped the list (this is one of the few times that knowing how to program has actually been a help for practical, non-work situations) into a single page for my own nefarious purposes. Let me know via memail if you'd like a copy. Comes with pictures and captions, totals ~5MB all told.
posted by jangie at 12:02 PM on June 9, 2010


Fucker's got like 6 or 7 banh mi on it. Pretty dramatic!

I'd never even heard of bánh mì until a couple years ago and now I can't help but notice mentions of it everywhere. It's a great and inexpensive style of sandwich.
posted by bobo123 at 12:12 PM on June 9, 2010


How anyone could pick only one of the churascos at Island Burgers and Shakes is beyond me.

Oh and of course Staten Island (or as I like to refer to it East Bayonne, New Jersey) isn't on the list. You'd have to have one hell of a sandwich to justify the boat ride.
posted by JaredSeth at 12:13 PM on June 9, 2010


I'm not sure I like the Los Angeles list. I've heard of a few of those places, but it tends to lean toward fancy-takes on regular sandwiches from name-chefs. The Canters, Langers and Phillippes are clearly good places for the list, but a lot of those sandwiches, even though they look tasty, don't actually look eatable. Also, when you go to a lot of the places identified, you aren't likely going to order a sandwich.

If I'm looking for a good sandwich in the greater Los Angeles area, I'll stick with Chowhound, or Yelp.
posted by jabberjaw at 12:15 PM on June 9, 2010


I like my muffies toasted, a'la Napoleon House, or sitting a while so the sandwich solidifies some. A half-muffie from a supermarket up in mid-city is cheaper and just as good as from the tourist spots.

I've had a lot of muffulettas and I've had nothing that compared to central grocery, touristy or not. But then again, I'd rather not have them toasted.

In fact, if I was in any of the cities listed and wanted a great sandwich, I'd plan a trip to new orleans.
posted by justgary at 12:40 PM on June 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


There's no way I'm clicking 101 times. For anyone who puts up the entire list, I will deluge you in "favorites"

The Google Maps link in the original post lists all the sandwiches in one list along with their locations. Each little location tag also has a link to that sandwich on Grub Street.
posted by bluefly at 1:09 PM on June 9, 2010


On one hand, you get depressed about the fact that you're stuck in Atlanta

I hope you got the chance to get a Cuban Sandwich from Kool Korner while they were still open. If not, it appears they have moved to Birmingham, AL. In fact, the next time I am headed to TX on I-20 I might just stop by their new place.
posted by TedW at 1:13 PM on June 9, 2010


If I'm looking for a good sandwich in the greater Los Angeles area, I'll stick with Chowhound, or Yelp.

Yeah, but at least it had the godmother on it, so I don't have to find their webserver and set it on fire.
posted by flaterik at 2:43 PM on June 9, 2010


SF List: #4 Bakesale Betty's buttermilk fried chicken & jalapeño cabbage slaw sandwich is transcendent. Get it even if the line is wrapped around the whole block.
posted by BrotherCaine at 3:25 PM on June 9, 2010


Seriously, the only way to see the best sandwich is to click ONE. HUNDRED. TIMES.

I go to NYC a couple times a year. I'm not going to start from the bottom of the list; I want to see the top 10 sandwiches.

I don't, however, want to see them enough to click a hundred times.

Speechless.
posted by bpm140 at 3:28 PM on June 9, 2010


From sandwich #100 right click on right arrow, copy URL, paste in address bar, change photo # to 92 (deleting trailing xNNNNN) and go. Wait a sec for it to come up.
posted by BrotherCaine at 3:51 PM on June 9, 2010


These people need to visit the outer boroughs more often.
And Katz's Pastrami should be #1.
posted by jonmc at 4:45 PM on June 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


Cheesesteak, 99 Miles to Philly

The cheesesteaks here suck. Go to Wogie's instead.
posted by jonmc at 5:29 PM on June 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


Harry Shearer has said (Le Show c. 9/10/05) that the best sandwich in the world consists of “smoked duck, pepper jelly, cashew butter, on toasted sourdough with some red onions.” I frequently make an approximation of this (with roast pork) and I tend to agree.
posted by neuron at 7:47 PM on June 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


I just had the best sandwich in Richmond- salami, prosciutto, bacon, anchovy and provolone, grilled.

I know... Bacon and anchovy, but it works.
posted by empath at 8:43 PM on June 9, 2010


Go to Wogie's instead.

I haven't eaten there for a while but Philly Slim's makes a pretty mean cheesesteak too. They have one called a Fat Philly that is beyond deliciou where they actually put onion rings right on the cheesesteak.
posted by JaredSeth at 8:52 PM on June 9, 2010


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