While it is impossible for me to choose a favorite food, it is safe to say that sandwiches are ranked pretty high. Seriously – bread is the perfect vessel for a meal. Rather than separating the carbohydrate, protein and vegetable groups in a meal, you get to have all three in every mouthful. And there’s no need to be fancy with silverware since you can eat it with your hands like the savage that you know you are.
Here are a few amazing sandwiches that I ate lately:
Grilled skirt steak sandwich from Num Pang: Juicy, charred skirt steak, pickled carrots, chili mayo and lots of fresh cilantro on a fresh toasted roll. The variety of fresh flavors and contrasting textures here can only be described as a party in my mouth.
Roast beef sandwich from Brennan and Carr in Brooklyn: They make the best roast beef that I have ever had – hands down. It is every bit as juicy and melt-in-your-mouth as you might imagine, but what really takes it over the edge is the option to dip the beef in their signature, unbelievably savory beef broth before it gets to the bun. And for true broth enthusiasts, there’s the option of dipping the entire sandwich in broth before it arrives at your table. If neither of those is sufficient, they also serve a cup of broth with every order.
Braised short rib sandwich with pickled cabbage, and potato chips from Landhaus: Succulent pulled beef generously drizzled with a smooth, silky cheddar sauce, on a soft bun – if I were ever on my deathbed, I would probably ask for this sandwich as my last meal. I think I’d find the grease dripping down my chin comforting. (From what I gather, Landhaus is a small “Farm to Sandwich” catering company. They don’t have a static storefront location, but you can find their heavenly offerings at Smorgasburg.)
Katz’s Delicatessen is not just a deli – it’s an institution that dates back to 1888. Non-New Yorkers may recall it as the setting of that unforgettable “Oh, God. Yes! Yes! Yes!” scene from When Harry Met Sally:
This is their signature pastrami-on-rye-with-mustard sandwich. It was good but I’m not personally big on pastrami, especially not for its hefty $16 price tag.