Best Sandwich Shops in NYC

October 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated sandwich shops in New York City.

Alidoro
SoHo · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.7

“Fresh, crispy” bread plus “so many choices” of “high-quality” meats and cheeses add up to “heavenly” , “humongous” panini at these “primo” Italian sandwich shops; just brace for “long lines” at lunchtime, “grumpy” counter service and a cash-only policy, not to mention limited seating ( “take it to go and enjoy” ).
Alidoro
Italian · Murray Hill · $
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.7

“Fresh, crispy” bread plus “so many choices” of “high-quality” meats and cheeses add up to “heavenly” , “humongous” panini at these “primo” Italian sandwich shops; just brace for “long lines” at lunchtime, “grumpy” counter service and a cash-only policy, not to mention limited seating ( “take it to go and enjoy” ).
Leo's Latticini
Corona · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.2 · Service 4.0

“Nobody makes a sandwich” like this Corona “old-school Italian deli” , where the subs are “fit for royalty” and the mozzarella is among the “best in the boroughs” ; its Citi Field stand services Mets fans on game days, but, unfortunately, without those “adorable ladies” behind the counter.
Defonte's
Stapleton · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 2.9 · Service 3.7

“Don't eat for a week” before attacking the “two-handed” “Dagwood” sandwiches at these “lip-smacking” Italian sub shops; the '20s-era Red Hook original “used to feed the longshoremen” and still exudes a whiff of “old-fashioned Brooklyn” , while its Staten Island outpost continues the tradition.
Defonte's Sandwich Shop
Red Hook · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 2.9 · Service 3.7

“Don't eat for a week” before attacking the “two-handed” “Dagwood” sandwiches at these “lip-smacking” Italian sub shops; the '20s-era Red Hook original “used to feed the longshoremen” and still exudes a whiff of “old-fashioned Brooklyn” , while its Staten Island outpost continues the tradition.
IL Bambino
Astoria · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

Panini fans and “pork lovers” dig these “homey” Italian “nooks” serving “imaginative” pressed sandwiches (many that are pig-centric) on “crunchy” bread, plus small plates, wines and “fantastic” brunch; backyards and “cheap” tabs are more reasons “locals flock there.”
Il Bambino
Italian · Greenwich Village · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

Panini fans and “pork lovers” dig these “homey” Italian “nooks” serving “imaginative” pressed sandwiches (many that are pig-centric) on “crunchy” bread, plus small plates, wines and “fantastic” brunch; backyards and “cheap” tabs are more reasons “locals flock there.”
Porchetta
East Village · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 2.7 · Service 3.5

Famed for its “crave-worthy” namesake – “divine” Italian-style roast pork sandwiches and platters – Sara Jenkins’ “tiny” East Villager offers a few other options, including soup, beans and greens; the setup is “counter service with a few stools” , so most do “takeout.”
Bánh Mì Saigon
Little Italy · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 2.7 · Service 3.2

“Super-delicious” Vietnamese sandwiches with “airy-yet-crusty” French bread and “flavorful” pork are the eponymous specialty at this cash-only Little Italy storefront; “dirt-cheap prices” make it “popular with the lunch crowd” , though spare seating at “countertops with stools” encourages takeout.
Press 195
Bayside · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.7

The “hardest part is choosing” from the “extensive list” of “amazing panini” at this “casual” Bayside “favorite” , where the “terrific” Belgian fries are a no-brainer; with a full bar, “fun patio” and some of the “best craft beers” around, it’s no wonder locals “love this place.”
Brennan & Carr
Sheepshead Bay · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.0 · Service 3.9

More than 75 years old, this cash-only Sheepshead Bay “tradition” still “rocks” thanks to “outrageous” double-dipped roast beef sandwiches “drowned in au jus” ; it's something of a “dive” with “table-mat menus” , but enthusiasts of “old-fashioned goodness” keep returning “with the new generation in tow.”