Who says you have to wait until the day after Thanksgiving to enjoy a turkey sandwich? At these five restaurants in New York City, the turkey sandwich is good all year round — not just at 2 am when you’re poking through the fridge. By Jessica Allen.
Court Street Grocers
With two locations in Brooklyn and a soon-to-open sandwich emporium in Hell’s Kitchen, Court Street Grocers is definitely on to something. In fact, the Red Hook hero shop is on to two things: “The Ollie” includes roast turkey breast, broccoli rabe, Sriracha honey, provolone cheese, and mayo, while the less creatively named “turkey sandwich” also has roast turkey breast and mayo, along with red onion, arugula, and bread and butter pickles. Add bacon for $2.
Mile End Deli
Mile End Deli began life in a garage a few years ago, when the owners began serving the Jewish comfort food of their youth in Montreal. Today, at its two locations, you can get chicken soup with matzah balls, beef brisket, sour pickles, chopped liver, latkes, and smoked chicken, among other items, including a turkey sandwich. “The Grandpa” combines turkey rillettes, smoked turkey, pickles, and mustard on—you guessed it—rye bread.
To make its version of the turkey sandwich, the folks at Parm begin by slow roasting a turkey in garlic, honey, and herbs. The meat is sliced, then piled on a sweet semolina roll or classic Italian bread (for a hero, as pictured), along with tomatoes, lettuce, and onions, and served in a plastic red basket. This restaurant, along with its sibling Torrisi, specializes in Italian American food, red sauce and gravy and sandwiches you can barely get your mouth around.
Peels, a rather recently opened, extremely popular restaurant on the Bowery, calls its turkey sandwich a “Gobblecardo.” It layers smoked turkey atop avocado, atop chili mayo, atop cotija cheese, and it’s available during Peels’ late afternoon menu, an ideal way to tide you over from a late breakfast to a late dinner. Or you can get it during the all-day, seven-days-a-week brunch menu, along with a side of cheddar-jalapeno grits, hash browns, or sauteed kale, a busy buzzy affair.
William Hallet, a bar/bistro in Astoria, serves a unique turkey sandwich, a “Hallett original.” The so-called turducken meatloaf starts with meatloaf made from turkey, duck, and chicken (hence the name). Onto an onion roll it goes, along with bourbon ketchup and bacon. Only available at dinner, it comes with a side of fries. The sandwich is rich and satisfying and hearty, all at once, not to mention tasty. So very, very tasty. Plus, it has a fun name.