Of course I believe that everything New York is the best of the best. I have been challenged on that, but I am sticking to my guns. We do everything best. Sorry. Our pizza? The best. Our Italian food? The best. Our tacos? The best. You get the gist of it. Now, here are some of our sandwiches. Which are of course the best! See which ones I picked to go on my list of favorites! Please know that these are in no particular order, they were all amazing.
Sal, Kris & Charlie’s Deli
Sal, Kris and Charlie’s Deli is located in Astoria, Queens. Yes, unless you’re from Queens, you’ll have to travel a little to get this monster of a sandwich. The Bomb is described as fully loaded, which I can vouch for. It is basically two sandwiches in one, and it WILL feed a whole family. It consists of the ingredients of an Italian hero (salami, pepperoni, mortadella, provolone cheese), and an American Sandwich (Roast Beef, ham, turkey and American cheese). Add lettuce, tomatoes, sweet peppers, hot peppers, oil and vinegar, mayo, and the Bomb will go off. Amazing.
No sandwich list can be complete without featuring a delicacy originated in Little Italy. Tradition and quality are a must in the delis of this popular neighborhood in downtown Manhattan. Parisi is a family run business, established in 1903, so they know a thing or two about fresh bread, and fresh sandwiches. Their most popular sandwich is the Dennis, and I have tried it, and let’s just say I didn’t share. It was outstanding. It consists of fried chicken cutlets, prosciutto, mozzarella, tomatoes balsamic vinegar, and a basil spread. Go get it.
Whatever is true for Little Italy, is also true for Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. It is literally a little Italian-American town in the middle of the Bronx. I shop here often, their seafood shops, bakeries and delis are top of the line. Need a good sandwich? Mike’s has the goods. Big Mike is my go-to sandwich, I can’t resist an Italian cold cut…. This one dons Mortadella, ham, sopressata and provolone cheese, just pick your condiments and additions. I picked lettuce, tomato, oil and vinegar. Classic and fresh and oh so yummy.
Let’s travel to the Lower Eastside to get one hell of a sandwich. Regina’s Grocery is located on Orchard Street, one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city. The place is a tiny little sandwich shop with some outside seating, and it’s all that. It seems that all the sandwiches are named after family members, and I couldn’t love it more. I picked the Uncle Jimmy, which incorporates Prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, hot sopressata, smoked ham, Arugula, Regina’s Calabrian Chili Spread, roasted red peppers, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. It’s a dream.
Not too far from Little Italy, right in the West Village, you will find Faicco’s. Faicco’s and I were love at first sight. Everything in there was flirting to come home with me. But I practiced restraint, and just ordered a sandwich. Ok, plus a few more things. But we’re here to talk about the sandwich, The Italian to be exact. Loaded with prosciutto, ham, capicola, sopressata, fresh mozzarella, lettuce, tomatoes and roasted peppers, it’s absolutely delicious. It is stacked, fresh and a crowd favorite.
I am adding Ends Meat as an extra, only because the sandwich featured below is no longer available. It is smoked ham, warm goat cheese, Calabrian chili honey and crisp sliced apples. It was hands down one of the best sandwiches I ever had, and I wish they would put it back on the menu! Either way, I have had other sandwiches here, and I love this place. They have two locations: one in Brooklyn, and one on the Lower Eastside. Fantastic spot.