20 Big Apple Sandwiches worth eating

Sandwiches New York

One thing I noticed immediately the first time I visited New York, was the habit to buy sandwiches every morning for breakfast or afternoon for brunch. From plumber to  policemen to businessmen, I noticed that basically everyone was buying their sandwich. Not a very common thing (yet) in Amsterdam, where I used to make my own sandwich every morning and take them to the office in a plastic lunchbox.

Anyway, since I think that most Big Apple sandwiches from the sandwich place (with multiple thick layers of cheese or meat) are way better than my own-homemade (single layer of cheese or meat) sandwich I took over this habit and stared buying my sandwich outside instead of making my own homemade sandwich. Consequently, I tried out many different sandwiches from various places in Manhattan. I am mostly familiar with the sandwiches available in the Lower East Side, West Village and Midtown West/ Hell’s Kitchen. Because that’s the area where I had most of my breakfast- and lunch breaks.

I did not discover that many yummy sandwich places in other neigbourhoods yet and there are still an uncountable number of sandwiches still to discover yet. That’s right, I am reaaaallly interested in more insider tips :). 

But here some sandwich places that I think are worth a visit during breakfast time or at your daily lunch break: 

Lower East Side

1. Tiny’s little giant sandwich shop

(129 Rivington  street, between Essex and Norfolk street. Lower East Side)

For indeed. Giant Sandwiches in a small cozy cafe. Check out more of my Lower East Side Favorites here

Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop New York Lower East Side

Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop New York Lower East Side

2. Cheeky Sandwiches 

(35 Orchard street., between Canal street and Hester street. Lower East Side)

 A cute little sandwich shop serving the best fried chicken and buttermilk biscuits in town.

Cheeky Sandwiches Lower East Side New York

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Gaia Italian Cafe

GAIA ITALIAN CAFE (251 East Houston at Norfolk street. Lower East Side). $ 

This little hidden gem has recently been added as one of my new favorites to my list of Italians and Lower East Side spots. It’s cozy, friendly, affordable and most of all super delicious. 

Gaia Italian Cafe Lower East Side

Their fresh home made spinach and buffalo ricotta gnocchi ($7) is simply amazing Also their freshly baked toasted Italian panini’s are a must to try. My personal favorite is the Bubi (Mozarella di Bufala, tomatoes and basil). For just $5! 

Gaia Italian Cafe Lower East Side

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My Lower East Side (LES) Still To- Visit List (New York)

Lower East Side New York

Less than one month and I will be back in my favorite city. I did not even share all my food pictures of the 700+ restaurants I visited in this city so far but my “still to do list” keeps on growing and growing. Anyway, at the end of this month I’ll have 1.5 week to complete a little bit of this endless list. Yay! 

I’ll be staying in one of my favorite neighborhoods, the Lower East Side (check out my favorite LES spots so far here) so the majority of places I’ll eat and drink will most likely be located in the LES. No problem at all, because the Lower east side is a food walhalla full of cool and cozy restaurants, bakeries and bars. Oh help, I am already suffering from fumo again! Here is my LES and surroundings eat- options list so at least I know where to eat when in walking distance (as usual, I did read all of the reviews of the places that are listed below): 

Stay:

The last time I stayed at the Bowery Hotel. This hotel was fantaaaastic! My favorite hotel in New York City. I wish I could stay here again but I am on a tighter budget this time so I booked an Airbnb stay in the heart of the Lower East Side. I can recommend who doesn’t want to stay in a luxurious hotel anyone to hire via Airbnb, it’s most of the time significantly cheaper than a hotel. But do read the reviews on forehand. 

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A (culinary day) in New York’s Lower East Side – 50 places to visit

Sons of Essex

Lower East Side Collage2

What use to be the home of millions of working class immigrants families living in pour conditions during the late 19th century has now become one of Manhattan’s prime dining and shopping area renowned for it’s countless of trendy restaurants, hipster bars, live music venues, fashionable boutiques and local art galleries. I personally love this area not only for these reasons, but most of all for it’s melting pot of cultures and explosion of creativity.  Here a quick guide to my favorite LES (eat and drink) spots. 

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A (culinary) day in New York’s East Village (my 26 favorites)

East Village New York

What I love so much about New York is it’s variety of neighborhoods. Each neighborhood in New York has it’s own character, atmosphere, landscape and diversity of buildings and people. Every single neighborhood is so inspiring, great people watching and there are always new restaurants, bars and events opening up. No matter what neighborhood you live in, you will never run out of activities to do.  Since I know most of Manhattan’s neighborhoods by heart (except for the uptown neighborhoods) I decided to make a little overview with my favorite spots per neighborhood. My personal favorites are the West Village and East Village (see my post about my favorite breakfast and brunch spots in the West Village and my post about my favorite jazz bars and life music venues in the West Village Let me start with the East Village. The East Village is perhaps one of the most diverse neighborhoods in New York City in terms of people and restaurants. There are countless of bars, coffee shops and restaurants (especially Japanese ones) to visit and literary all kinds of food can be found here. Here are just a few of the tons of places to visit in the Eat Village but hopefully it will help those who are not familiar with the East Village (and have only little time) to make a selection. Let me know how you liked it and off course, I’d love to hear about your favorite places in the East Village. 

Saint Marks Place East Village New York

@ Saint Marks Place

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Weekend brunch @ Smorgasburg Food Market + Dinner @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar

SMORGASBURG FOOD MARKET (East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave at N. 7 St. Brooklyn, Williamsburg & Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5. Brooklyn, Dumbo)

Yay! The Smorgasburg food market opened again last month. Going to this giant outdoor food market is (see their website for their opening hours) is one of my favorite weekend activities. The market features about 100 local and regional vendors selling yummy food from all over the world. I personally like the Williamsburg location (open on Saturdays) slightly better but the Brooklyn Bridge Park location (open on Sundays) has a slightly better view. But no matter where which one you visit, with so many food vendors to choose from I am sure you’ll find something you like

Smorgasburg Foodmarket New York Williamsburg Brooklyn

Smorgasburg @ East River State Park

Smorgasburg Foodmarket New York Williamsburg Brooklyn

Smorgasburg @ East River State Park

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My 18 favorite Italians

A lot of Italian restaurants are concentrated in and around Little Italy and there are actually some really good ones such as Torrisi, the Italian Food Center, Alleva Dairy and my favorite sorbet spot Mo Gelato. However, I normally don’t go to Little Italy if I am up to Italian food because of all the tourists that turn me off. Other than that I personally believe the majority of restaurants in Little Italy are just tourist traps not worth the quality your paying for. 

I really love pasta’s so I’ve visited tons of Italian restaurants (outside Little Italy) but since there are so many to choose from, my to do list of Italian restaurants is still endless and just keeps growing and growing when new ones are popping up.

These are my favorites so far:

West Village 

1. ROSEMARY”S ENOTECA AND TRATTORIA  (18 Greenwhich Avenue at West 10th street. West Village). $$

A spacious popular West Village restaurant with a great ambiance and decent dishes. The weekends are always packed with a young and trendy crowd. Have dinner on the roof during summer. Read my previous post for more details. 

Rosemary's enoteca New York West Village

Linguine @ Rosemary’s

Rosemary's Enoteca And Trattoria New York

2. L’ÁRTUSI (228, West 10th street. Between Bleecker street and Hudson street. West Village). $$$

A modern Italian restaurant, good for any occasion. Delicious food, even better service. Their pasta’s are my favorite in town (next to the tagliatelle from The Nomad). My personal favorite is the Orecchiette (sausage, salumi, pecorino. $18). 

L'Ártusi West Village New York

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The Bowery hotel and other stays in New York City

Before moving to NYC I’ve visited New York City five times staying in a different hotel or apartment each time.

In Manhattan, it’s very hard to find a decent hotel for a reasonable price so unfortunately all the hotels and apartments I stayed in were pricey. Besides renting a pricey Airbnb studio with no window on the Upper East Side close to all famous museums (not so good experience because of the subway they were building right in front of the apartment) and a more affordable but extremely small room on the Lower East Side (clean room, not so clean bathroom) I stayed in the Park Lane Hotel (36 Central Park S. Midtown East), a large classic hotel with small rooms for a high price but perfectly located if you like Central Park, shopping on Fifth Avenue and visiting the city for a first time. I also have seen the Milford Plaza Hotel, I believe now called Row NYC (700, 8th Avenue between West 44th and West 45th street) a modern very impersonal hotel with even tinier but cheaper rooms, located in the heart of the theatre district around the corner of Time Square. 

Bowery Hotel

Bowery Hotel

THE BOWERY HOTEL (355 Bowery, between east 2nd and east 3rd street. Lower East)

But out of all the hotels I stayed in, the Bowery hotel located on the border of the Lower East Side and East Village is definitely my favorite. A stone’s throw away from bustling Saint Mark’s, Soho and Chinatown, ideal if you like food and shopping like I do. If you’re more into museums and tourist attractions, I would recommend staying in Midtown. 

Bowery Hotel New York

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Tapas @ Aria wine bar

ARIA WINE BAR (117 Perry street & Greenwich street. West Village, Greenwich Village)

$$$ Food ***** Ambiance ****

Last Saturday I visited Aria Wine bar for dinner. I arrived at this small neighborhood place around 9.30 pm and it was fully packed. The music was energetic, a bit of a club scene atmosphere. Most of the crowd was young and trendy, the servers friendly and welcomming. After a half hour wait my boyfriend and I were seated at one of the long community tables across another young couple.

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Brunch @ Ai Fiori

AI FIORI (400, 5th Ave, #2. Midtown West)

$$$ Food **** Ambiance ***

Ai Fiori, is a high end (one Michelin Star) Italian restaurant located in the Langham Place Hotel. A type of restaurant I would’t visit if it wasn’t restaurant week. It’s pricey ($42 for a two course brunch and $18 for each additional course) and quite corporate. No music, so so atmosphere, great service. 

Ai Fiori Midtown New York

My restaurant week deal was pretty good; $25 for three courses. My Zuppa di Zucca (butternut squash soup, pickled delicata squash, brown butter) was light and delicious.

Zuppa di Zucca @ Ai Fiori New York

Zuppa di Zucca @ Ai Fiori

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