Sandwich Hall of Fame

October 28th, 2012 § 2 comments

The Vietnamese Bahn Mi (BBQ pork, a variety of pickled and fresh vegetables, Vietnamese pate. etc. on a baguette) has become a big winner among fanciers of sandwiches and Asian food. There are are many restaurants in New York specializing in this sandwich. Causes HG to sigh. With the demise of Jewish delicatessens the Banh Mi seems slated to replace the pastrami sandwich as the New York symbolic nosh. Sad. Best sandwich ever was the pastrami, chopped liver, cole slaw, Russian dressing sandwich on seeded rye served at the demised Gitlitz Deli on Broadway and 78th. This was closely followed by the Reuben (corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, Russian dressing, rye bread — grilled to molten perfection) at Reuben’s Delicatessen (long closed) on East 58th. Runner up was the rare room temperature sliced roast beef with thinly sliced raw onion and coarse salt on rye bread liberally coated with chicken fat. HG liked this at a delicatessen on Beach 116th Street, Rockaway Park. HG also fancied the muenster cheese and lettuce sandwich on an onion roll served at long shuttered cafeterias like The Belmore and Dubrow’s. HG is not just a parochial adherent of old style Jewish sandwiches. He has always fancied Cubanos, those pork and cheese sandwiches pressed upon a hot grill served at Cuban restaurants. HG often had one (accompanied by black beans and rice) at many Washington Heights hole-in-the-wall eateries. Good stuff. Those joints also served the best steaming cups of espresso.

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§ 2 Responses to Sandwich Hall of Fame"

  • Sarah Noss says:

    Anything with Russian dressing on it is good. Never thought about coating a sandwich in chicken fat. Will give it a go. But the Gitlitz Deli pastrami sounds over the top! A creative combo of goodies.

    • Gerry says:

      The chicken fat only works with Jewish Rye Bread or .Russian Pumpernickel. And, only with rare (very rare) roast beef or brisket. The Gitlitz sandwich epic used coarsely chopped calf’s liver (not too smooth chicken livers). Ah, the cholesterol of yesteryear.

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