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1. The Chicken Sandwich at The Nomad

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1170 Broadway
New York, NY 10001
(212) 796-1500
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During brunch, The Nomad serves a sensational sandwich version of the restaurant's famed roast chicken for two. The sandwich is made with a homemade brioche that is slathered with black truffle spread. It's stuffed with breast meat that is injected with liquid foie gras. The meat is juicy, the bun has a fluffy interior, celery leaves add brightness to the proceedings, and the truffle spread packs a wallop of umami. A salad with bits of the chicken skin comes on the side. It's a splurge at $26, but this sandwich goes the distance. [Photo]

2. The Rocket Pig Sandwich at Rocket Pig

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463 W 24th St.
New York, NY 10011
(212) 645-5660
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3. The Molletes at La Vara

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268 Clinton St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 422-0065

One of the must-order dishes at Alex Raij's hot new Cobble Hill restaurant is a pita stuffed with peppery, salty bacon stew. This is basically a Spanish sloppy Joe made with rich pork chunks. You won't want to share this, so consider ordering one of these per person to start off your meal at La Vara. $8. [Photo]

4. The Brisket Sandwich at BrisketTown

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359 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 701-8909
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Daniel Delaney just started offering this sensational $6 sandwich during lunch. A few big slices of his slightly rich, mildly spiced brisket are piled on a soft Martin's potato roll, with chopped onions. If you're not sure if you want to commit to the full $25 price of a pound of brisket, the $6 sandwich is the way to go.

5. The Chicken Thigh Torta at Salvation Taco

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145 E 39th St.
New York, NY 10016
(212) 865-5800

During lunch and brunch, Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield's casual new taqueria serves a small, but terrific chicken thigh torta. A crusty roll is stuffed with tender confit chicken, black beans, crispy radish slivers, avocado, and an earthy adobo sauce. The juicy chicken meat is the star of the show here, and thankfully, the toppings do not obscure the poultry flavor. [Photo]

6. The Fried Green Tomato Sandwich at Mile End Sandwich

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53 Bond St.
New York, NY 10012
(212) 529-2990
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This is one of the sleeper hits of the Mile End Sandwich menu. A fresh bialy is stuffed with green tomatoes that are dredged in batter and fried so that each slice gets a nice, thick crust. Blue cheese adds creaminess, and radishes provide an extra layer of crunch. This is a great, somewhat light alternative to meat bombs like the smoked beef sandwich and the salami-stuffed Ruth Wilensky. $10. [Photo]

7. The Beef Tartare Sandwich at M. Wells Dinette

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22-25 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 784-2084

This is a nice, baseball-sized mound of fresh, hand-cut beef mixed with green onions, stuffed inside an airy bun. It's served with a big piece of bibb lettuce and a dab of miso-mayo. The beef has an exceptionally clean flavor, and the mayo adds an early kick. The menu changes daily at M. Wells Dinette, but this is one of the dishes that chef Hugue Dufour likes to keep in heavy rotation. [Photo]

8. The Prego Roll at Jack's Wife Freda

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224 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 510-8550
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The Prego Roll is a garlic butter-slathered ciabatta roll filled with thick slices of marinated skirt steak. The meat is cooked so that the edges get a bit of char, while the interior stays nice and fleshy. In the best way possible, it's kind of like the sandwich that you make at home with leftovers from a good steakhouse. The Prego Roll is $13 and it comes with either a lightly dressed salad or sensational, extra-crispy fries. [Photo]

9. The Lobster Grilled Cheese Sandwich at Luke's Lobster

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93 E 7th St
New York, NY 10009
(212) 387-8487
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Luke's Lobster recently introduced this hefty new sandwich made with a mound of melted gruyere cheese and fresh lobster meat. There is a lot of cheese in this sandwich, but you taste that sweet, rich lobster in every bite. This is not a huge sandwich, but you will not be hungry after eating it. $12. [Photo]

10. The Horse & Pig Sandwich at 606 R&D

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606 Vanderbilt Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 230-0125

That's bacon and grated horseradish with a few slivers of red onions, on two crusty pieces of sourdough bread. The liberal mound of horseradish might make your mouth tingle, but the bacon brings it back down to earth. The Horse & Pig is basically a large tea sandwich, so it's good for sharing with another person at the start of your meal at 606 R & D. $9. (Photo)

11. The Porky Melt at Pork Slope

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247 5th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 768-7675
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The Porky Melt is made with two slices of thick rye bread, a griddled pork sausage, cheddar cheese, soft grilled onions, and yellow mustard. After one or two bites, the Porky Melt turns into a pile of mustard-slathered pork and bread chunks that you pick up with your fingers, but that's part of the fun of eating this dish. [Photo]

12. The Chopped Pork Sandwich at Fletcher's Brooklyn Barbecue

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433 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(347) 763-2680

This popular new Gowanus barbecue restaurant serves a sandwich made with coarsely chopped smoked pork shoulder that's splashed with a light, vinegar-based sauce. The meat is topped with fresh coleslaw, and it's served on a hamburger bun. The best part about this sandwich is the pork meat, which has a lot of crusty edges and blobs of fat. Village Voice critic Robert Sietsema recently called this "a near-perfect Carolina-style sandwich." [Photo]

13. The Egg and Sausage Sandwich at Reynard

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80 Wythe Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 460-8000
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During brunch, Reynard often serves a turbo-charged breakfast sandwich made with a big, floppy fried egg and pleasantly salty homemade pork sausage. The egg and sausage are topped with crisp lettuce and pickled vegetables that have a low-level of acidity. This sandwich looks dainty, but it's really a breakfast beast. The menu at Reynard changes daily, but this dish is frequently served during brunch and lunch. [Photo]

14. The Lobster BLT at L&W Oyster Co.

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254 Fifth Ave (28th St)
New York, NY 10016
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15. The Pulled Bacon Sandwich at Animals

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138 Avenue C
New York, Ny 10009

This new spinoff of The Wayland serves a sandwich made with a lot of ingredients that work surprisingly well together. The base is bacon that's braised in cider and double smoked. It comes with avocado, jalapenos, refried beans, tomatoes, cabbage slaw, and peppery mayo. Although this is a dense, crazy sandwich, it's not a jawbreaker. You should have no problem stuffing this in your mouth. [Photo]

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1. The Chicken Sandwich at The Nomad

1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

During brunch, The Nomad serves a sensational sandwich version of the restaurant's famed roast chicken for two. The sandwich is made with a homemade brioche that is slathered with black truffle spread. It's stuffed with breast meat that is injected with liquid foie gras. The meat is juicy, the bun has a fluffy interior, celery leaves add brightness to the proceedings, and the truffle spread packs a wallop of umami. A salad with bits of the chicken skin comes on the side. It's a splurge at $26, but this sandwich goes the distance. [Photo]

1170 Broadway
New York, NY 10001

2. The Rocket Pig Sandwich at Rocket Pig

463 W 24th St., New York, NY 10011
[Photo]
463 W 24th St.
New York, NY 10011

3. The Molletes at La Vara

268 Clinton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

One of the must-order dishes at Alex Raij's hot new Cobble Hill restaurant is a pita stuffed with peppery, salty bacon stew. This is basically a Spanish sloppy Joe made with rich pork chunks. You won't want to share this, so consider ordering one of these per person to start off your meal at La Vara. $8. [Photo]

268 Clinton St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

4. The Brisket Sandwich at BrisketTown

359 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Daniel Delaney just started offering this sensational $6 sandwich during lunch. A few big slices of his slightly rich, mildly spiced brisket are piled on a soft Martin's potato roll, with chopped onions. If you're not sure if you want to commit to the full $25 price of a pound of brisket, the $6 sandwich is the way to go.

359 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

5. The Chicken Thigh Torta at Salvation Taco

145 E 39th St., New York, NY 10016

During lunch and brunch, Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield's casual new taqueria serves a small, but terrific chicken thigh torta. A crusty roll is stuffed with tender confit chicken, black beans, crispy radish slivers, avocado, and an earthy adobo sauce. The juicy chicken meat is the star of the show here, and thankfully, the toppings do not obscure the poultry flavor. [Photo]

145 E 39th St.
New York, NY 10016

6. The Fried Green Tomato Sandwich at Mile End Sandwich

53 Bond St., New York, NY 10012

This is one of the sleeper hits of the Mile End Sandwich menu. A fresh bialy is stuffed with green tomatoes that are dredged in batter and fried so that each slice gets a nice, thick crust. Blue cheese adds creaminess, and radishes provide an extra layer of crunch. This is a great, somewhat light alternative to meat bombs like the smoked beef sandwich and the salami-stuffed Ruth Wilensky. $10. [Photo]

53 Bond St.
New York, NY 10012

7. The Beef Tartare Sandwich at M. Wells Dinette

22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101

This is a nice, baseball-sized mound of fresh, hand-cut beef mixed with green onions, stuffed inside an airy bun. It's served with a big piece of bibb lettuce and a dab of miso-mayo. The beef has an exceptionally clean flavor, and the mayo adds an early kick. The menu changes daily at M. Wells Dinette, but this is one of the dishes that chef Hugue Dufour likes to keep in heavy rotation. [Photo]

22-25 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101

8. The Prego Roll at Jack's Wife Freda

224 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

The Prego Roll is a garlic butter-slathered ciabatta roll filled with thick slices of marinated skirt steak. The meat is cooked so that the edges get a bit of char, while the interior stays nice and fleshy. In the best way possible, it's kind of like the sandwich that you make at home with leftovers from a good steakhouse. The Prego Roll is $13 and it comes with either a lightly dressed salad or sensational, extra-crispy fries. [Photo]

224 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012

9. The Lobster Grilled Cheese Sandwich at Luke's Lobster

93 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

Luke's Lobster recently introduced this hefty new sandwich made with a mound of melted gruyere cheese and fresh lobster meat. There is a lot of cheese in this sandwich, but you taste that sweet, rich lobster in every bite. This is not a huge sandwich, but you will not be hungry after eating it. $12. [Photo]

93 E 7th St
New York, NY 10009

10. The Horse & Pig Sandwich at 606 R&D

606 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238

That's bacon and grated horseradish with a few slivers of red onions, on two crusty pieces of sourdough bread. The liberal mound of horseradish might make your mouth tingle, but the bacon brings it back down to earth. The Horse & Pig is basically a large tea sandwich, so it's good for sharing with another person at the start of your meal at 606 R & D. $9. (Photo)

606 Vanderbilt Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11238

11. The Porky Melt at Pork Slope

247 5th Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215

The Porky Melt is made with two slices of thick rye bread, a griddled pork sausage, cheddar cheese, soft grilled onions, and yellow mustard. After one or two bites, the Porky Melt turns into a pile of mustard-slathered pork and bread chunks that you pick up with your fingers, but that's part of the fun of eating this dish. [Photo]

247 5th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215

12. The Chopped Pork Sandwich at Fletcher's Brooklyn Barbecue

433 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

This popular new Gowanus barbecue restaurant serves a sandwich made with coarsely chopped smoked pork shoulder that's splashed with a light, vinegar-based sauce. The meat is topped with fresh coleslaw, and it's served on a hamburger bun. The best part about this sandwich is the pork meat, which has a lot of crusty edges and blobs of fat. Village Voice critic Robert Sietsema recently called this "a near-perfect Carolina-style sandwich." [Photo]

433 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

13. The Egg and Sausage Sandwich at Reynard

80 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211

During brunch, Reynard often serves a turbo-charged breakfast sandwich made with a big, floppy fried egg and pleasantly salty homemade pork sausage. The egg and sausage are topped with crisp lettuce and pickled vegetables that have a low-level of acidity. This sandwich looks dainty, but it's really a breakfast beast. The menu at Reynard changes daily, but this dish is frequently served during brunch and lunch. [Photo]

80 Wythe Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

14. The Lobster BLT at L&W Oyster Co.

254 Fifth Ave (28th St), New York, NY 10016
[Photo]
254 Fifth Ave (28th St)
New York, NY 10016

15. The Pulled Bacon Sandwich at Animals

138 Avenue C, New York, Ny 10009

This new spinoff of The Wayland serves a sandwich made with a lot of ingredients that work surprisingly well together. The base is bacon that's braised in cider and double smoked. It comes with avocado, jalapenos, refried beans, tomatoes, cabbage slaw, and peppery mayo. Although this is a dense, crazy sandwich, it's not a jawbreaker. You should have no problem stuffing this in your mouth. [Photo]

138 Avenue C
New York, Ny 10009

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