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12 Vegetarian Sandwiches Even Carnivores Will Dig

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134111232008_10_hasmaps%20%283%29%20%281%29.jpgIn a city of many, many sandwiches, it's easy enough to find a good Italian combo or a solid turkey club. A good meatless sandwich, however, is a rarer thing. Amid the sea of hummus, sprouts, and OK grilled cheeses, it can be hard to find a vegetarian option as interesting or as satisfying as the meaty alternative. So here is a guide to 13 great ones. Some are new, some are classic, and a few are unexpected, but all worth skipping the meat for.

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1. Meat Hook Sandwich

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495 Lorimer St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 302-4665
The vegetarian sandwich ($13) at the new Meat Hook Sandwich (formerly dubbed the "Gross Vegetarian") is basically a combination of all the non-meat toppings available. That includes hash browns, cheese, caponata, fried onions, and shredded lettuce, among other things. And as of this week, you can get that sandwich delivered. [Photo: Instagram/@kludt]

2. Bierkraft

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191 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 230-7600
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The plainly titled "Vegetarian" sandwich at Bierkraft is easily as good as any of the beer shop's meaty options. The giant sandwich is made with baguette, and comes filled with marinated eggplant, mozzarella, pesto, oil-cured olives, and hot pepper relish, and for $11 comes with a choice of Zapp's chips or fruit. [Photo: Foursquare/Anna K.]

3. Num Pang Sandwich Shop

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75 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 390-8851
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The classic cauliflower sandwich ($7.75) at Num Pang is a solid vegetarian substitute for a banh mi. It comes with roasted cauliflower, a spicy eggplant spread, and the requisite cilantro, cucumber, pickled carrots, and chili mayo. It can usually be found at any one of Num Pang's locations. [Photo: Yelp]

4. Taïm Falafel and Smoothie Bar

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222 Waverly Pl
New York, NY 10014
(212) 691-1287
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Taim makes excellent falafel, but the best thing on the menu is the often overlooked sabich ($7.25). An Iraqi and Israeli breakfast sandwich, it squeezes sweet fried eggplant, sliced hardboiled egg, freshly made hummus, cucumber and tomato salad, cabbage slaw and a drizzle of a pickled mango sauce called amba into a fluffy pita. The sandwich is ten kinds of messy and worth every potential stain. [Photo: Yelp]

5. No. 7 Sub | Ace Hotel

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1188 Broadway
New York, NY 10001
(212) 532-1680
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Out of all the weirdo sandwiches at No. 7 Sub, the "Broccoli Classic" ($9) is, as the name suggests, the one that's been around since the beginning. Roasted broccoli plus ricotta salata, lychee muchim, fried shallots, and mayo make this a salty, tangy, excellent sandwich. [Photo: Yelp]

6. Saltie

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378 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 387-4777
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The Scuttlebutt ($12) is one of the best-selling sandwiches at chef Caroline Fidanza's hit sandwich shop. It's a messy mound of herbs, pickled vegetables, capers, olives, hard boiled eggs, and feta piled in between slices of the shop's excellent foccacia, along with a smear of pimenton aioli. [Photo: Yelp]

7. Court Street Grocers

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485 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 722-7229
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Court Street Grocer’s breakfast sandwich ($5.50) is an adult’s egg and cheese. Two soft scrambled eggs are gently placed atop a chewy ciabatta roll from Balthazar that’s lined with melted sharp cheddar and slightly spicy baby arugula. Sausage or bacon can be added to the sandwich, but neither are necessary. Hot sauce, on the other hand, is a nice addition and conveniently available. [Photo: Yelp]

8. Parm

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248 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 993-7189
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The Torrisi team makes a mean eggplant parm. It's a classic, with fried eggplant, simple marinara, and well-melted mozzarella, and easily rivals its chicken counterpart. Get it on a roll for $9 or a hero for $12. [Photo: Yelp]

9. Prosperity Dumpling

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46 Eldridge St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 343-0683
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At $1.75, the sesame pancake with egg is by far the cheapest sandwich on this list, but just as good. A big wedge of oily, chewy, sesame-coated pancake gets split and filled with cucumbers, pickled carrots, cilantro, and a fried egg. A dose of soy sauce and hot sauce is highly recommended. [Photo: Yelp]

10. Shake Shack

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11 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10010
(212) 889-6600
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Rather than serve a sad veggie patty, the Shake Shack team gives vegetarians the "'Shroom Burger" ($6.85). The "patty" is a portobello mushroom stuffed with cheese and deep fried, which comes topped with the standard lettuce, tomato, and Shack sauce. Word of warning: the first bite will unleash a molten hot center of cheese. [Photo: Yelp]

11. Bombay Sandwich Co.

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48 W 27th St
New York, NY 10001
(646) 781-9756
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This Smorgasburg vet actually sells exclusively vegetarian sandwiches, but star among them is the the chana masala sandwich ($8.50): a ciabatta roll filled with arugula, pickled onions, two kinds of chutney, and a scoop of the traditional spicy, stewy chickpeas. [Photo: Foursquare/Bombay Sandwich Co.]

12. Untamed Sandwiches

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43 W 39th St
New York, NY 10018
(646) 669-9397
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The Carla Bruni ($11) is the vegetable version of this Midtown sandwich joint's braised meat sandwiches. It's filled with a mix of vegetables cooked long and slow, plus goat cheese, olive spread, and basil. There's also a gluten free bread option. [Photo: Facebook]

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1. Meat Hook Sandwich

495 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
The vegetarian sandwich ($13) at the new Meat Hook Sandwich (formerly dubbed the "Gross Vegetarian") is basically a combination of all the non-meat toppings available. That includes hash browns, cheese, caponata, fried onions, and shredded lettuce, among other things. And as of this week, you can get that sandwich delivered. [Photo: Instagram/@kludt]
495 Lorimer St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

2. Bierkraft

191 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
The plainly titled "Vegetarian" sandwich at Bierkraft is easily as good as any of the beer shop's meaty options. The giant sandwich is made with baguette, and comes filled with marinated eggplant, mozzarella, pesto, oil-cured olives, and hot pepper relish, and for $11 comes with a choice of Zapp's chips or fruit. [Photo: Foursquare/Anna K.]
191 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

3. Num Pang Sandwich Shop

75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011
The classic cauliflower sandwich ($7.75) at Num Pang is a solid vegetarian substitute for a banh mi. It comes with roasted cauliflower, a spicy eggplant spread, and the requisite cilantro, cucumber, pickled carrots, and chili mayo. It can usually be found at any one of Num Pang's locations. [Photo: Yelp]
75 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011

4. Taïm Falafel and Smoothie Bar

222 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014
Taim makes excellent falafel, but the best thing on the menu is the often overlooked sabich ($7.25). An Iraqi and Israeli breakfast sandwich, it squeezes sweet fried eggplant, sliced hardboiled egg, freshly made hummus, cucumber and tomato salad, cabbage slaw and a drizzle of a pickled mango sauce called amba into a fluffy pita. The sandwich is ten kinds of messy and worth every potential stain. [Photo: Yelp]
222 Waverly Pl
New York, NY 10014

5. No. 7 Sub | Ace Hotel

1188 Broadway, New York, NY 10001
Out of all the weirdo sandwiches at No. 7 Sub, the "Broccoli Classic" ($9) is, as the name suggests, the one that's been around since the beginning. Roasted broccoli plus ricotta salata, lychee muchim, fried shallots, and mayo make this a salty, tangy, excellent sandwich. [Photo: Yelp]
1188 Broadway
New York, NY 10001

6. Saltie

378 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
The Scuttlebutt ($12) is one of the best-selling sandwiches at chef Caroline Fidanza's hit sandwich shop. It's a messy mound of herbs, pickled vegetables, capers, olives, hard boiled eggs, and feta piled in between slices of the shop's excellent foccacia, along with a smear of pimenton aioli. [Photo: Yelp]
378 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

7. Court Street Grocers

485 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Court Street Grocer’s breakfast sandwich ($5.50) is an adult’s egg and cheese. Two soft scrambled eggs are gently placed atop a chewy ciabatta roll from Balthazar that’s lined with melted sharp cheddar and slightly spicy baby arugula. Sausage or bacon can be added to the sandwich, but neither are necessary. Hot sauce, on the other hand, is a nice addition and conveniently available. [Photo: Yelp]
485 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

8. Parm

248 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012
The Torrisi team makes a mean eggplant parm. It's a classic, with fried eggplant, simple marinara, and well-melted mozzarella, and easily rivals its chicken counterpart. Get it on a roll for $9 or a hero for $12. [Photo: Yelp]
248 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012

9. Prosperity Dumpling

46 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002
At $1.75, the sesame pancake with egg is by far the cheapest sandwich on this list, but just as good. A big wedge of oily, chewy, sesame-coated pancake gets split and filled with cucumbers, pickled carrots, cilantro, and a fried egg. A dose of soy sauce and hot sauce is highly recommended. [Photo: Yelp]
46 Eldridge St
New York, NY 10002

10. Shake Shack

11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010
Rather than serve a sad veggie patty, the Shake Shack team gives vegetarians the "'Shroom Burger" ($6.85). The "patty" is a portobello mushroom stuffed with cheese and deep fried, which comes topped with the standard lettuce, tomato, and Shack sauce. Word of warning: the first bite will unleash a molten hot center of cheese. [Photo: Yelp]
11 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10010

11. Bombay Sandwich Co.

48 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001
This Smorgasburg vet actually sells exclusively vegetarian sandwiches, but star among them is the the chana masala sandwich ($8.50): a ciabatta roll filled with arugula, pickled onions, two kinds of chutney, and a scoop of the traditional spicy, stewy chickpeas. [Photo: Foursquare/Bombay Sandwich Co.]
48 W 27th St
New York, NY 10001

12. Untamed Sandwiches

43 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018
The Carla Bruni ($11) is the vegetable version of this Midtown sandwich joint's braised meat sandwiches. It's filled with a mix of vegetables cooked long and slow, plus goat cheese, olive spread, and basil. There's also a gluten free bread option. [Photo: Facebook]
43 W 39th St
New York, NY 10018

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