There's nothing quite like a good sandwich.
It's a simple formula -- although, given the debate over whether a hot dog qualifies, maybe not so simple after all -- that can yield completely divergent results, from Italian heros to lobster rolls to banh mi to tortas.
It is, as fictional New Yorker and food enthusiast Liz Lemon once observed, a great unifier across cultures: "I believe that all anyone really wants in this life is to sit in peace and eat a sandwich."
And New York City is home to some of the best. Here's a look at our picks for the best things between two slices of bread.
Egg sandwich at Lincoln Station
Beef sandwich at Roll-n-Roaster
Pisillo panino at Pisillo Italian Panini
Lobster rolls at Red Hook Lobster Pound
Salami, Peppered Ham and Mozzarella at Leo’s Latticini Mama’s (Mama's of Corona)
Roast beef, mozzarella and fried eggplant at Defonte's
Pastrami on rye at Katz's Delicatessen
Anything with the balsamic reduction at Royal Crown Bakery
French onion soup-grilled cheese sandwich at Mother's Ruin
Big Mike Combo at Mike's Deli
Mean green at Xe Máy Sandwich Shop
Short rib at Bergen Dean
Duck confit sandwich at Egg