NYC's 5 Wildest Sandwiches

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A BLT made with smoked pork belly -- which is nothing like bacon -- at John Brown Smokehouse


Tired of the same old bologna with American cheese on a roll with lettuce and mayo? Here are some of the stranger alternatives the city provides.

1. PBLT (Pork Belly, Lettuce, and Tomato) at John Brown Smokehouse (above) -- While we've been becoming obsessed with pork belly over the last few years, and have finally realized it was just unsmoked bacon, here is an alternate treatment of the same hallowed cut, made into an unholy BLT. It features fatty pork belly smoked but not cured, which leads to some delectable confusion on the part of the sandwich eater. 25-08 37th Avenue, Long Island City, Queens, 718-361-0085


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2. Pregnant Lady at Peanut Butter & Co. -- If you were a pregnant lady, what kind of sandwich would you crave? This contraption comes pretty close to being the perfect ticket -- homemade (in my case chunky) peanut butter studded with little nubs of dill pickle, an epic battle of salty and sweet that sticks to the roof of your mouth like savory brown library paste. 240 Sullivan Street, 212-677-3995


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3. Captain's Daughter at Saltie -- Zigzagging around the planet like an 18th-century frigate, nautically themed Saltie casts its bread upon the waters, including this focaccia sandwich featuring a homely boiled egg, itinerant sardine, random greenery, capers, and salsa verde that may be Spanish, or then again it may be Italian. 378 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 718-387-4777


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4. Fried Calamari Hero at Catene Deli -- Fried calamari -- the world's ultimate bar snack -- is good by itself, so why not put it in a hero roll with spicy tomato sauce? That is the reasoning behind this splendid sandwich, so rich in grease and carbs that you'll jump up from your seat after eating one and run a mile. 237 9th Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn, 718-788-0929


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5. Eggplant Parm at No. 7 Sub -- It may say "parm," but it's really yellow summer squash, crumbed, fried crisp, flooded with melted cheese, tickled with jalapeños, and then re-crunched with potato chips coated with some spicy powder. The bread is good, too, making this thing a riot of flavors and textures. 1188 Broadway, 212-532-1680


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Location Info

John Brown Smokehouse

10-43 44th Drive, New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Peanut Butter & Company

240 Sullivan St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Saltie

378 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Catene Deli - CLOSED

237 Ninth St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

No. 7 Sub Shop

1188 Broadway, New York, NY

Category: Restaurant


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9 comments
Kermanig Bakery
Kermanig Bakery

Liked all the yummy sandwiches you have tried something new really appreciable.

Piercing supplies
Piercing supplies

Something different you have shown looking yummy.Would like to have it especially the lettuce one would try it.

Ed Murrieta
Ed Murrieta

re: No. 2 -- dill pickles are a well-known way of preventing peanut butter from sticking to the roof of the mouth. Unrelated: Try hot sauce on peanut butter. G'head and laugh, then eat Thai and don't laugh.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The "parm" at No 7 is AMAZING - but why would you call it an eggplant parm? It's squash, and the menu clearly states that - the menu also clearly identifies the "spicy powder" on the potato chips - they're BBQ chips. I mean, you guys really can't get it together enough to write two accurate sentences?

Guest
Guest

Sadly, Catene's Deli is closed now. 

kim
kim

Morning Robert.

Never had it and never will, but how about the Conflicted Jew at JoeDough?

Rsietsema
Rsietsema

good candidate! I never had that one, either, but some of their other sandwiches almost qualify.

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