There are a lot of delis in Manhattan, but there are few with the pedigree of Defonte’s, a Brooklyn relic known for their massive roast beef sandwiches and their house made fresh mozzarella. NYC Food Guy was ready for sandwich satisfaction on Defonte’s first day of business in Manhattan, on 3rd Avenue and 21st Street. Read on for delicious food porn and a look at the full menu.
Archive for the ‘SANDWICHES’ Category
Not that we didn’t already know, but Tiny’s Giant Sandwich Shop, on the corner of Rivington Street and Norfolk Street in the Lower East Side, is awesome. Seriously spicy chipotle mayo fires up the off-the-menu “Chicken Special” filled with juicy grilled chicken, thinly sliced tomato and onion, crisp bacon, and melted cheddar on a toasted semolina hero ($8.00). It’s the chicken version of the famous “Spicy Rizzak.” Read on to find out about another off-the-menu special and why Tiny’s is equally delicious for Vegetarians…
America loves a good sandwich, but in New York City, we’ve got higher expectations. In satisfying our cravings for adventure and a full stomach, the Vietnamese banh mi and the Mexican torta have risen to the forefront of sandwichdom. So to determine sandwich supremacy, NYC Food Guy called in the big guns: Nicky’s Vietnamese Sandwiches and Puebla Mexican Food & Coffee Shop. Read on to find out if the pork banh mi or the breaded chicken torta wins the sandwich showdown…
NYC Food Guy’s M.O. is delicious and affordable. My cheap eats repertoire is strong. And in the current economic state, bang for your buck carries added importance. Chicken parmesan heroes and Afghani kebabs don’t exactly go hand in hand, but two Midtown West establishments, Luigi’s and Afghan Kebab House #1 both offer what seem to be great deals. Unfortunately, only one lives up to the stringent NYC Food Guy standard of delicious AND affordable.
A Chicken Parm Hero That’s Twice The Size of a $10 Bill But Almost Half the Price
Luigi’s $7 Chicken Parmesan Hero Proves Size Does Matter, But It Comes Cheap
Afghan Kebab House #1’s $13.95 Combo Kebab Is Plentiful, But Is It Worth Nearly $16 With Tip?
The East Village is abundant with Italian restaurants but thin on Italian speciality shops where you can find great sandwiches and well prepared sides. Porchetta, which opened this week on 7th Street between 1st Ave. & Avenue A, provides just that but in a very streamlined manner; the only meat served is porchetta.
The fatty, moist and boneless Italian roast pork comes in sandwich form ($9 on ciabatta and topped with fatty crackling) and as a plate ($12) with the bean of the day and greens (broccoli rabe & swiss chard). Read on to find out what makes it so flavorful and how Porchetta can turn it into a value buy…
These days Little Italy is a mere shadow of its former self. It takes the Feast of San Gennaro to put one of NYC’s most historic hoods back on the map. Unfortunately I’ve found that a lot of the food at the Feast is the same stuff you’ll find at a summer street fair in Midtown. That’s why NYC Food Guy is here, to highlight some authenticity with two Italian sandwiches that will remind you the “real” Little Italy lives on. Read on for the inside info plus a delicious street fair standard that’s actually worth eating…
- What: Forget artisan breads and fancy olive oils, Faicco’s, an old school butcher shop, wedges prosciutto, ham cappy, your choice of hot or sweet soppresseta (go with hot), fresh mozzarella, your choice of roasted red peppers or sun dried tomatoes, lettuce, tomato, oil and vinegar, and salt and pepper in the middle of a traditional seeded hero roll. Simple, satisfying, fresh, and delicious
- Cost: $10
- Where: 260 Bleecker Street b/t 6th & 7th Avenue NY, NY 10014 212-243-1974
- Inside info: Snack on some store-made fresh mozz mozzarella sticks, potato croquettes ($0.75), rice balls ($0.75) or fried priscuitto balls ($1) while you’re waiting for your sandwich to be made. Faicco’s also makes delicious pork and chicken sausages so pick some up and bring them home.
Lenny’s G3 is defined as “Grilled Roast Beef with crispy bacon, melted American cheese, grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and A-1 Steak Sauce.” I’m not an A-1 fan so I replace it with Russian Dressing and there you have my go to sandwich at Lenny’s. The Smoked Chicken Deluxe is also delicious, but it lacks the textural deliciousness provided by the crispy bacon. This sandwich is best when the time between creation and eating is at a minimum. See all Lenny’s locations here.
Belly Delly Deli’s sandwich menu is great in concept but the counter guys seem to be lost when it comes to preparing them as they’re listed. You’re there for a good sandwich so in a friendly manner, guide the counter guys in the right direction (e.g. when they try to slip your cheese covered turkey into the microwave to melt it, ask them to toss it on the grill) and you’re guaranteed to get a stacked sandwich.
Take my American Club ($7.95). I added some bacon and Russian dressing to the Turkey, Roast Beef, lettuce, and tomato and after suggesting the griddle for all of the melting and bacon cooking, I was very pleased with the results. Read on to see the final product.
Looking for a serious Italian hero in Murray Hill? Look no further than Lamazou where authentic Italian meats combine with an expansive and reputable cheese menu to create some amazing sandwiches. The basic sandwich menu is quality, but it’s customizations that will elevate your sandwich to excellence. Read on and find out how to create the delicious sandwich below.
East Village Food Tour Part I: Crif Dogs, Thai Me Up, Vinny Vincenz, Zaragoza, Vanessa’s Dumplings, & Cecel Cafe CrepeMarch 11, 2008
NYC Food Guy loves the East Village for its culinary variety and it’s old school New York vibe. What better way to celebrate the diversity than a food tour? But with almost 300 eateries south of 14th Street and east of 3rd Avenue, how would I narrow my tour down? Simple, I imposed two requirements: 1) A meal had to be under $10 and 2) There could be no wait staff. Bonus points awarded to late night spots.
Miss Menu & I hit 6 spots Sunday and were pleased with every spot except one. Read on for bacon wrapped hot dogs, Thai food in a baguette, excellent Sicilian pizza, authentic Mexican tacos, surprisingly good steamed veggie dumplings, and some unique crepes…
Belly Delly Deli: Decadent Sandwiches in Times Square 24 hours a day, but is it better than Lenny’s?March 6, 2008
I used my Menu Pages method (detailed in a great Midtown Mexican food article) to take a break from Lenny’s the other night and it led me to Belly Delly Deli where I found the aptly named Crazy and Turkey, grilled Boar’s Head Honey Maple Turkey, with melted Swiss, grilled red onion, chopped tomato, and Russian dressing on a grilled garlic hero. I naturally added some lettuce and well done bacon because that’s how NYC Food Guy rolls.
Next time I’ll pass on the garlic hero (merely butter and garlic powder) but this sandwich, made fresh to order, was delicious. And if that’s not enough, this place is 24 hours (delivery ends at 7pm) and the other hot sandwiches sound awesome too. Located on Broadway between 49th and 50th, Belly Delly Deli is the first “we have it all” deli to actually impress me. But is it better than NYC sandwich juggernaut Lenny’s?