It is always awesome when you come across people in your life that enjoy good food/sandwiches as much as you do. My friend Brian is one of those friends that I value their food opinion.
I went to school with Brian and established a friendship based on our love for UCF sports and good food. A few years ago, Brian and his wife, Jenn moved out to NYC. They have become my trusted NYC Foodie Advisors. I asked Brian what his favorite sandwiches were in NY. In less then 10 mins he rattled off a list of 8. Here is what my friend Brian thinks:
Where do we start? I love food, and I love living in NYC. When I travel to other cities, one of my favorite things to do is explore what their best food options are and experience the magic of the mom and pop places of that city. Living here, there is no shortage of places to eat. I save what I call my “Stamp of Approval” for places that are so beyond good, they make an elite list in my mind. I regularly find myself frequenting my usual haunts, but whenever a day comes that I can add something with Stamp of Approval quality to my list – that’s always a great day.
What makes a good sandwich?
It’s simple. Great quality ingredients and great bread. Originality helps, but is far from a must. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel. Sometimes it’s the simplest ideas that have been done a million times….but when it’s done to perfection, the result can truly be magical.
So many delicious sandwiches in NYC. I can’t imagine I won’t exclude some of my favorites, but here are a few that immediately pop into my mind.
Top 8 Sandwiches
1) The Buffalo Chicken Meatball Smash @ The Meatball Shop. This sandwich can only be experienced when the special balls are Buffalo Chicken. $10 gets you a “Smash” and an amazing homemade side of your choice. Topped with a homemade blue cheese sauce and Frank’s hot sauce on a delicious brioche bun, this sandwich ranks as one of the best anywhere.
2) De Pabellon @ Caracas Arepa Bar – An absolutely authentic arepa with shredded beef, black beans, white salty cheese, and sweet plantains. They also have a house sauce that is so outstanding that it’s worth adding a drizzle of it to every bite. They will not say what the sauce is, but it is killer.
3) The Chicken Biscuit @ Cheeky Sandwiches. Fried chicken on a homemade biscuit with their own house slaw and gravy. Located in a place so tiny and easy to miss with no signage, they keep their regulars happy with this $6.50 sandwich that will leave you saying absolutely nothing but “Wow.”
4) The Reuben @ Carnegie Deli. The Katz’ vs Carnegie argument has been going on for years. I’ve always been team Carnegie. Get the $27.99 sandwich, pay the $3 sharing charge, and share the Reuben with corned beef with someone you love. Don’t forget to get extra Russian dressing, as Carnegie Deli has perfected it.
5) The Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Chicken Biscuit @ Jacob’s Pickles. What can I say. I love fried chicken, and Jacob’s Pickles has the best on the Upper West Side. Top this off with their special sauce and add bacon, egg, and cheese. You won’t be hungry for hours once you enjoy this sandwich with their cheese grits on the side.
6) The Buffalo Chicken Steak Sandwich @ Shortys. While they are known for their authentic Philly cheese steaks, the true star here in my opinion is their buffalo chicken steak. Perfect bread flown in daily, chicken sliced up and shredded on the grill, mild buffalo sauce, and blue cheese dressing. For $11, this sandwich is a huge winner.
7) The Italian sub @ Faicco’s Italian Specialties. A true old school New York sandwich made by a place that has been making it for over 100 years in the West Village. Prosciutto, ham cappy, sopressata, mozzarella, lettuce, tomatoes, red peppers. Full disclosure – I get this sandwich minus all the veggies and I add oil and vinegar. It is massive in size and massive in flavor. You will always see construction workers, police officers, etc ordering here because of the size of the subs.
8) The Elvis @ Peanut Butter and Co.
A grilled peanut butter sandwich stuffed with bananas, honey, and bacon. Sounds simple, right? It is! Except somehow Peanut Butter and Co. turns this old favorite into something even bigger and more delicious than ever expected.
There you have it. I am sure if I asked Brian his top 25 he’d be able to just start sharing. If you like Brian’s suggestions- make sure to follow him on twitter @HBBinNYC and let him know about it. I know he is always on the look out for good food.