Sandwiches: the perfect summer food. Handheld, portable and ultra delicious, here are a few places to check out for classics and new spins alike in New York City. By Yvo Sin.

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Northern Spy Food Co.

northern spy food co Lunch Break: The Ultimate Summer Sandwiches


511 E 12th St
New York, NY 10009
(212) 228-5100

Though there’s an extensive menu at Northern Spy Food Co., including duck fat fries – trend alert! – the real deal is in the meatball sandwich (pictured). Better than your mother used to make, spread out onto deliciously soft bread with a thinly sliced, melty cheese that isn’t quite mozzarella, you will find yourself stuffing your face with each bite, praying the sandwich never ends… and when it does, you’ll shamefully be both glad and sad. Sad that it’s gone, but glad because you couldn’t eat enough bite without rolling out of the place.

Ba Xuyen

ba xuyen Lunch Break: The Ultimate Summer Sandwiches


4222 8th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11232
(718) 633-6601

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One of the best parts of summertime is definitely the Vietnamese sandwich, banh mi. Served on classic French baguette with pickled veggies, refreshing cucumber and cilantro, a swipe of Vietnamese mayo, a few fresh jalapeno slices, and some mix of meats, the first bite will send your eyes rolling heavenward. Crunch through the bread, and marvel at the perfect balance of flavors, everything mingling to make the perfect bite with the slightest of heats. Try the grilled pork (pictured) for a flavor bomb, but get extra napkins; it can get quite messy.

No 7 Sub

no 7 sub Lunch Break: The Ultimate Summer Sandwiches


1188 Broadway
New York, NY 10001
(212) 532-1680

The focus at No 7 Sub is sandwiches, and they do an excellent job of switching up classics with new twists. At $9 a piece, the price is right: and with sandwiches like fried clams with pickled strawberries, roasted leek mayo and frisee, roast pork with cheddar, melon, Chinese mustard, and shisito peppers, and even simply broccoli with ricotta salata, and pine nuts, there’s no reason not to stop in and see what the fuss is all about. Wash any sandwich down with one of their housemade sodas: choose from grape celery, green apple beet, or pineapple chili, $3-4 a piece. This is the very definition of new spins on old classics.

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Yvo Sin is the founder and head writer of The Feisty Foodie.

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