9 New Sandwiches to Try This Summer in NYC

From fried chicken to strawberry ice cream
June 21, 2016
by Kelly Dobkin

Summer = sandwich season. Check out nine of the most notable new combos in town, from a crispy chicken sandwich in Brooklyn to a Chinatown ice cream creation.

Spicy chicken sandwich at Emmy Squared

While most of the hype has been all about its Detroit-style pizza, don't neglect the sandwich menu at Williamsburg's Emmy Squared. The spicy chicken sandwich pairs crispy chicken, with crunchy cornichons, radish, greens, a tangy salsa pico and homemade mint ranch dressing. 

364 Grand Street, Brooklyn; 718-360-4535

The Trumps (not Donald) at Covina Cafe

This Mediterranean-influenced hot spot from Tim and Nancy Cushman of sushi mecca O Ya (also in the Park South Hotel) just opened its casual daytime cafe adjacent to the restaurant. Here they tip their hat playfully to the current presidential race with this flavorful sammy. This combo "trumps" the competition by putting together wood-grilled chicken with melty Brie, caramelized onions, and crisp Neuske's bacon pressed between two pieces of artisanal bread.

127 E. 27th Street; 212-204-0225

Blackened fish sandwich at Brooklyn Barge

It's summer which means two important things need to happen: outdoor drinking and eating seafood. Satisfy both mandates with this sammy at this waterside Greenpoint newcomer, located on a floating barge. This Cajun-inspired creation combines tilapia, shredded lettuce, tomato, and grilled lemon tartar sauce.

97 West Street

Crispy chicken thigh sandwich at Llama Inn

This Peruvian insta-hit in Williamsburg just added this sandwich to its summer brunch menu. It starts with chicken thighs that have been marinated in fermented soy bean sauce which are then fried and topped with a mild and minty aji verde salsa and garnished with a fresh salsa criolla (red onion, lime, cilantro and grape seed oil). 

50 Withers Street, Brooklyn; 718-387-3434

Cheesesteak at Amada

Chef Jose Garces recently opened an outpost of his Philly Spanish tapas den in Brookfield Place, and as an homage to the city of Brotherly Love he's added a take on the classic Philly cheesesteak to the lunch menu. Garces combines shaved rib-eye with wild mushrooms, Mahón cheese fondue and caramelized onions.

​250 Vesey Street; 212-542-8947

Turkey sandwich at High Street on Hudson

If you haven't tried the turkey sandwich here yet, stop whatever you're doing and hightail it over to the West Village. The Philly-imported concept which opened in late December makes mind-blowing sandwiches ranging from duck meatball to roast pork and broccoli rabe, but the Green Goddess-drenched turkey number is our absolute favorite. Topped simply with cilantro and tomato and served on a poppy seed roll, this one will make you a High Street addict.

637 Hudson Street; 917-388-3944

Meatball sandwich at La Pecora Bianca

Available at its to-go cafe, this meatball sando is made with Pat La Frieda brisket and short rib and then topped with melty homemade stracciatella, tomato sauce, Parmesan and basil and served on toasted ciabatta. But show up early, they only make ten per day.

1133 Broadway; 212-498-9696

Strawberry cube at Sharkey's Cafe

This unassuming Chinatown cafe went viral on Instagram after launching this pink-tinged sandwich earlier this year, combining strawberry ice cream, real pieces of fruit and sprinkle-laced cake holding it all together.

48 Mulberry Street; 212-804-8183

Schnitzel breakfast sandwich at Freud

One of the latest eateries from the Edi & the Wolf family puts an Austrian spin on the classic breakfast sandwich on its recently launched brunch menu. Combining chef Eduard Frauneder's famed pork schnitzel with a runny fried egg, lemon aïoli and topping it with mushroom gravy between a warm brioche bun.

508 LaGuardia Place; 212-777-0327