Eat and Drink The best sandwiches in New York City By Jillian Jorgensen and amNY.com staff Updated February 16, 2017 4:39 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email 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 Photo Credit: Jillian Jorgensen The bacon-egg-and-cheese is a New York City staple, and often the best one is found at the bodega that's closest to you when you need it. But the egg sandwich on the menu at Lincoln Station in Crown Heights elevates the humble classic. You could praise every component of the sandwich: the perfectly runny egg yolk inside the tender whites, the just-right amount of cheese, the crunchy and salty bacon ($1 extra, and worth it), the smear of salsa rosa, the indulgently soft bun. But it's really how it all comes together that makes it such a warm, comforting way to start your day. (409 Lincoln Place, Brooklyn, stationfoods.com) Beef sandwich at Roll-n-Roaster Photo Credit: Roll-n-Roaster Everything about Roll-n-Roaster feels retro -- including the use of brightly colored, dubiously spelled "cheez." You may wonder why it's practically neon, or what's actually in it (and if any of the ingredients actually qualify as cheese), but that won't change how great it tastes slathered all over juicy slices of roast beef. (2901 Emmons Ave., Brooklyn, rollnroaster.com) Pisillo panino at Pisillo Italian Panini Photo Credit: Pisillo Italian Panini via Instagram This small sandwich shop in the Financial District turns out big sandwiches -- 14-inches long, to be exact, though if that's too much you can opt for your sandwich on perfect rounds of focaccia. Throw out your preconceived notions of what panini are -- they don't toast or press their perfect, Italian ingredients at Pisillo because the sandwiches don't need any help. Dig in to the Pisillo panino, pictured -- prosciutto di Parma, porchetta, bufala mozzarella, roasted peppers, arugula and homemade balsamic. A close walk from City Hall, the shop even has a sandwich designed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Sant'Agata, named for the hometown of his grandfather, coincidentally also the ancestral home of the shop's owners. (97 Nassau St., Manhattan, pisillopanini.com) Lobster rolls at Red Hook Lobster Pound Photo Credit: Red Hook Lobster Pound The lobster rolls at the Red Hook Lobster Pound just taste like summer -- and while the Maine version may be many diners' first impulse (served cold with mayo), don't sleep on the Connecticut lobster roll, served warm with butter and lemon and topped with paprika and scallions. It's like a whole lobster dinner, condensed inside a buttery split-top roll. Take a bite and pretend you're on whichever New England coast you prefer. (284 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn, redhooklobster.com/) Salami, Peppered Ham and Mozzarella at Leo’s Latticini Mama’s (Mama's of Corona) Photo Credit: Mama's of Corona Leo's Latticini Mama's is a Corona classic -- often known just as Mama's of Corona, as its outpost at nearby CitiField is called. The Italian deli has fed scores of workers on their lunch breaks and, of course, Mets fans on their way to the ballpark (and now, at CitiField, those meandering from their seats between innings or seeking comfort during unpleasant performances). Anything you order will be good, but make sure it includes mozzarella, which is made in-house. (46-02 104th St., Corona, and at Section 105 in Citi Field, no website) Roast beef, mozzarella and fried eggplant at Defonte's Photo Credit: Jillian Jorgensen Defonte's has inspired many an ode to the art of the sandwich, all of them well-deserved. This Red Hook mainstay, in a part of the neighborhood where you're more likely to be waiting in line with cops and construction workers than hipsters and artists, has been making perfect Italian sandwiches since 1922. The roast beef, mozzarella and fried eggplant is a classic, advertised on one of the hanging placards that serves as a menu -- the beef is rare, the mozzarella is fresh and the fried eggplant is arguably the best in the city, thin and lovingly salted, creamy and crunchy all at once. You can't go wrong adding it to any sandwich here. (379 Columbia St., Brooklyn, no website) Pastrami on rye at Katz's Delicatessen Photo Credit: Katz's Delicatessen Some may say you're not a real New Yorker until you've had this iconic, meat-heavy sandwich. Easily shared between two (or more), this freshly sliced warm pastrami creation at Katz's is perfect with some mustard and a plate of pickles. (205 E. Houston St., Manhattan, katzsdelicatessen.com) Anything with the balsamic reduction at Royal Crown Bakery Photo Credit: Royal Crown Perfectly fried chicken cutlet, juicy roasted red peppers and peppery arugula on perfect bread (pictured) combine to make an amazing sandwich, but it's the balsamic reduction that steals the show at Royal Crown on Staten Island. It is simply addictive -- sweet and thick, it's essentially syrup for your sandwich, the ideal topping for anything from chicken cutlets to Italian cured meats to eggplant, all of which Royal Crown executes beautifully. You can buy a bottle to go, but somehow it's just never quite the same as having the staff pour it on a sandwich they made for you. (1350 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island, no website) French onion soup-grilled cheese sandwich at Mother's Ruin Photo Credit: Mother's Ruin Unctuous French onion soup meets buttery grilled cheese in this hell of a mash-up from gin den Mother's Ruin in NoLIta. The soup is not the full-on French onion you're used to from a bistro -- the cheese and bread topping is instead on the side in the form of a grilled cheese sandwich. The caramelized onions are also on the sandwich. You dunk it in the jus. Get it? Your hands will be buttery when you're done, and that's all part of the ridiculously luscious deal. (18 Spring St., Manhattan mothersruinnyc.com) Big Mike Combo at Mike's Deli Photo Credit: Getty Images / AFP / Timothy A. Clary A fully loaded sandwich from an Italian deli is one of the best things you can eat, and Mike's Deli on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx is one of the best Italian delis in the city. Go big with the Big Mike Combo -- mortadella, ham, salami, capicola and provolone. Or sample one of the multiple courses Ohio Gov. John Kasich indulged in back in April while campaigning for president, when he dug into the Yankee Stadium Big Boy -- the same array of meats but with mozzarella instead of provolone, and the addition of lettuce and sweet or hot peppers. If it's good enough for noted foodie Kasich, you can trust it will be delicious. (2344 Arthur Ave., Bronx, arthuravenue.com) Mean green at Xe Máy Sandwich Shop Photo Credit: Xe May While the banh mi are delicious at the East Village's Xe May, the vegan rendition is truly impressive -- it will leave you wondering how it packs so much flavor without meat. Made with tender strips of soy-glazed portobello, spiced tofu and a tangy cauliflower spread (instead of their chili mayo), this whole wheat baguette packs a punch. Add extra sriracha or jalapeños for more heat. (96 St. Marks Pl., Manhattan, xemaysandwich.com) Short rib at Bergen Dean Photo Credit: Bergen Dean via Facebook Bergen Dean, a sandwich shop run by Rafael Hasid of Brooklyn's Miriam and Wolf & Deer, has plenty of standouts. The braised short rib is incredibly tender, and is topped with roasted onions, pickled beets, jalapeños and mustard. The fresh daily soup and salad help round out the meal. (64 Sixth Ave., Brooklyn, bergendean.com) Duck confit sandwich at Egg Photo Credit: Egg Restaurant via Facebook While it's difficult to shy away from the excellent breakfast options at Williamsburg's Egg, the duck sandwich is well worth it. Pan-seared duck breast is layered with duck liver pate, mustard, onion jam and greens on a fresh baguette, served with a choice of fries or salad. (109 N. Third St., Brooklyn, eggrestaurant.com) By Jillian Jorgensen and amNY.com staff Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.