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6 Gourmet Sandwiches in NYC

The sandwich, in concept, is a simple invention—food between bread. But that doesn’t mean it has to taste simplistic. NYC’s gourmet takes, great for eating on the go, are a far cry from mom’s packed lunches.­­

The sandwich, in concept, is a simple invention—food between bread. But that doesn’t mean it has to taste simplistic. NYC’s gourmet takes, great for eating on the go, are a far cry from mom’s packed lunches.­­ Here are 6 spots that know how to pack flavor between bread:

City Sandwich

“Gourmet doesn’t always mean ‘knife and fork,’” says Chef Michael Guerrieri, who fuses his Italian and Portuguese roots in his food, jamming the complexity of plated dishes between crusty, flour-dusted Portuguese bread only a hop, skip and jump from Times Square. The savory LGBT (linguiça sausage spread, goat cheese, smoked bacon, lettuce, sautéed onion and olive oil) and fresh Fatima (octopus salad, diced onion, arugula, parsley, mustard-vinegar, olive oil) are winners. 649 Ninth Ave., btw W. 45th & W. 46th sts., 646.684.3943

Spreads

This isn’t a run-of-the-mill lunch spot. A well-edited yet diverse menu offers much, and everything sampled here proved superb, from the kale-slaw-spiked chicken schnitzel with garlic aioli to the cooling salmon BLT, on ciabatta with thick, sugared bacon. White marble, indie-pop tunes, weekly specials and healthful sides (oh, the roasted cauliflower!) help it all go down.  441 Park Ave. So., at E. 30th St., 212.758.5555

Saltie

Chef Caroline Fidanza, formerly of Diner, crafts some of Williamsburg’s best sandwiches, in my book. I’d say it’s all about the bread—a thick, sea-salted, olive-oiled focaccia baked in-house (how just flour, yeast, salt and water yield such flavor!)—if the fillings weren’t so smartly paired (try Balmy: chicken liver pâté, ham, jalapeños, mayo, pickled veggies, sesame seeds). 378 Metropolitan Ave., at Havemeyer St., Brooklyn, 718.387.4777

Dominque Ansel

Dominique Ansel Bakery
A roasted pork club from Dominique Ansel Bakery (©Thomas Schauer)

No more cronuts left? Go savory with a roasted pork club (with pork shoulder, pickled egg, tomatoes, lettuce, spicy mayo on sourdough). 189 Spring St., btw Thompson & Sullivan sts., 212.219.2773

Porchetta

Porchetta
Porchetta’s namesake sandwich (©Blair Hopkins)

Named for what it does best, this East Village hole-in-the-wall focuses on a Central Italian street food, the porchetta sandwich: fatty pork belly contrasting with lean loin, seasoned with garlic, fennel pollen, rosemary and salt—laid unadorned on a rustic ciabatta roll. No sauce needed. Pork-fection. 110 E. 7th St., btw Ave. A & First Ave., 212.777.2151

The Picnic Basket

The Picnic Basket
The Picnic Basket’s goat cheese on ciabatta (Courtesy The Picnic Basket)

French goat cheese with sun-dried-tomato pesto, zucchini, figs and greens on ciabatta is a tasty prelude to a Bryant Park stroll or a New York Public Library tour. 65 W. 37th St., at Sixth Ave., 212.382.2627