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The Soho Sandwich Tour

March 19, 2010

Since delis are a way of life in the city, almost daily, I am stunned and infuriated by the difficulty in procuring a simple, tasty, vegetarian sandwich. What most places call a panini, I call pathetic. And why is it so damn hard to find a simple baguette sandwich of the type that is ubiquitous in Paris? Even London has NYC beat when it comes to this lunchtime staple. Well there’s good news and bad news. The good news is: there actually are some great sandwiches to be found in the city – though many hidden in unlikely places. The bad news: unless you’re lucky enough to be working in Soho, you probably will only get to enjoy these goodies on your weekend shopping trips. My friends and I recently relived the top 5 on our Soho Sandwich Tour. Check out the route below:

1) Grandaisy Bakery – the beet sandwich

Though it seems so simple, I dare you to find another beet sandwich to rival this one. Aside from keeping it basic with just roasted beets, arugula and goat cheese, Grandaisy throws this sandwich out of the park with their signature roman-style tender-yet-oh-so-chewy Bianca bread (made with rosemary).

Bonus: If you’re extra hungry, grab a slice of their zucchini or cauliflower pizza. You’ll never see those two vegetables the same way again.

2) Olive’s – the roasted shitake mushroom

I don’t know how they do it, but somehow the shitake mushrooms in this sandwich are incredibly tender and perfectly seasoned.

Bonus: Olive’s also serves two soups per day and many in their repertoire are vegetarian. You can check online ahead of time as well.

3) Crosby Connection – the avocado brie dill

This is my absolute favorite sandwich in NYC. I will go out of my way for this. The woodsy yet lemony flavor of the dill melds beautifully with tangy brie and mild, creamy avocado. Roasted red peppers add another dimension to the burst of flavor in your mouth.

Bonus: Try their mozzie sandwich if you want to switch it up

4) Despaña – the vegetariano (with cheese)

This place is everything Spanish, so naturally the sandwich is filled with some interesting imported ingredients not normally found in a sandwich – white asparagus, green olives and Manchego cheese. It’s a tangy sandwich on crunchy ciabatta bread that is still covered in a dusting of flour.

Bonus: Feel free to sample the variety of Spanish cheeses, olives and spreads (some of which are vegetarian) while waiting for your sandwich to be made.

5) Saigon Vietnamese Sandwich (Báhn mì) – the number 9, spicy

Vietnamese sandwiches are all the rage these days…but before fancy places like An Choi came up, Saigon was serving up its deliciously simple sandwiches on the border of Chinatown and Nolita. The extremely crumbly bread is spread with a layer of mayonnaise and a bit of chili sauce and filled with a combo of pickled radish and carrot along with a long slice of fresh cucumber and a few sprigs of fresh coriander. It’s a refreshing yet extremely filling.

Bonus: Who needs a bonus when your lunch costs less than $5?