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10 Best Sub Shops In New York City To Try

TheTravel logo TheTravel 2/7/2023 Renee Cosme
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The Big Apple is foodie heaven. New York City features a collection of food-related delights, including old-school Italian restaurants and the best breakfast spots in Manhattan's Midtown. But, of course, the city is also famous for its pizza slices, mouthwatering Reubens, and submarine sandwiches. NYC is full of shops and cafes with sandwiches, but these shops are among the best for delicious subs!

Parisi Bakery

This restaurant's been around since 1903 and is considered an NYC must-try eatery! Patrons rave about the deli's signature sandwich, "The Dennis." This hot sandwich includes a fried chicken cutlet with prosciutto ham, mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, and a smear of basil spread.

  • Must-Try Item: "The Dennis"
  • Address: 198 Mott St, New York, NY 10012, United States

Cheeky Sandwiches

Get a taste of New Orleans' cuisine in the Big Apple and try Cheeky Sandwiches' "Sea" sandwich. This hearty po' boy includes a mix of oysters and shrimp smothered in lemon juice, mayo, and ketchup. The sandwich also comes with lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles.

Alternatively, foodies who aren't seafood fans can try this deli's fried chicken sandwich, which uses their signature buttermilk biscuits as a bun!

  • Must-Try Item: The "Sea" Sandwich (half-shrimp and half-oyster po'boy)
  • Address: 119 Essex St, New York, NY 10002, United States


This Brooklyn deli may not be as trendy as new restaurants around the Big Apple, but it's one of the best sandwich shops in the city. Since 1922, Defontes has been serving up Italian-style subs for hungry patrons. Foodies can come here multiple times during their trip to try their sandwiches with funky names, like the Jerry Lewis, the Joey Bishop, or the Sinatra Special.

However, travelers should try Defontes' Nicky Special: a cold hero sub with ham, capocollo, salami, fried eggplant, provolone cheese, hot salad, mushrooms, lettuce, and tomato (with a splash of oil and vinegar)!

  • Must-Try Item: The "Nicky Special" (cold sub)
  • Address: 379 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY 11231, United States

Shorty's Cheesesteaks

Shorty's Cheesesteaks relishes its reputation as NYC's most authentic cheesesteak eatery outside The City of Brotherly Love. That's because Shorty's ships fresh bread directly from Philadelphia!

Hungry patrons can sink their teeth into Shorty's Original Cheesesteak, loaded with half a pound of steak smothered in Cheez Whiz (or provolone and American-style cheese).

  • Must-Try Item: Original Cheesesteak
  • Address: 219 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010, United States (alternative locations on Hell's Kitchen and the Lower East Side)

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Sergimmo Salumeria

Sergimmo Salumeria prides itself on making homemade gelato, bread, and mozzarella cheese! At Sergimmo's, visitors can enjoy a range of sandwiches or paninis made from imported meats and cheeses.

At this family-run eatery, try their Godfather Panini, a protein-filled sandwich with three kinds of meat, greens, mozzarella cheese, and peppers.

  • Must-Try Item: The "Godfather" Panini
  • Address: 456 9th Ave, New York, NY 10018 (alternative location in Whitestone)

Faicco's Italian Specialties

Faicco's has been around for over 120 years! Flying under the radar compared to other New York eateries like the famous Katz's Delicatessen, this old-school Italian eatery is a must-try for tourists exploring Greenwich Village.

Faicco's serves various hearty subs, from their porchetta mozzarella and broccoli rabe sandwich to their chicken cutlet sandwich with pesto and mozzarella. Alternatively, hungry foodies can try the deli's Italian Special Sandwich, made with ham, prosciutto, soppressata, mozzarella cheese, lettuce, tomato, and roasted peppers.

  • Must-Try Item: Italian Special Sandwich
  • Address: 260 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014, United States

Farmer In The Deli

Only steps away from Fort Greene Park, Farmer in the Deli is one of Brooklyn's top-rated deli counters. This corner store is not only a breakfast stop; they serve plenty of sandwiches too! Aside from their chicken cutlet heroes and turkey ham sandwiches, they also offer their NYC Sub made with turkey, bologna, eggs, and cheese.

  • Must-Try Item: NYC Sub
  • Address: 357 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205, United States (alternative location on 541 Myrtle Avenue)

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Subs 'N' Stuff

Subs 'N' Stuff is a great quick stop for tourists visiting Brooklyn's famed Prospect Park. This no-frills deli offers a range of breakfast fare, salads, and sandwiches. Before checking out Prospect Park, try "The Park Slope," a popular sandwich made with pastrami, swiss cheese, red onions, banana peppers, spicy mustard, and pickles.

  • Must-Try Item: "The Park Slope"
  • Address: 624 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215, United States

Sal, Kris, & Charlie's Deli

To find Sal, Kris, & Charlie's Deli, hungry foodies must venture to Queens, in the neighborhood of Astoria. This classic deli is not afraid of offering monster sandwiches to its customers. Specifically, visitors will stretch their jaws, trying the "Bomb" sandwich. This monster of a sub stacks cold cuts with cheese and topped with lettuce, onions, tomatoes, hot peppers, sweet peppers, mayonnaise, and mustard.

  • Must-Try Item: "The Bomb"
  • Address: 33-12 23rd Ave, Queens, NY 11105, United States

Pisillo Italian Panini

Big appetites deserve big sandwiches. Pisillo Italian Panini has over 30 sandwich selections to choose from, filled with meats for a hearty meal. Any sandwich at Pisillo's is excellent, but a must-try is their Pisillo panini. This sub includes prosciutto, porchetta, bufala mozzarella, roasted peppers, arugula, and balsamic dressing.

  • Must-Try Item: The Pisillo Panini
  • Address: 97 Nassau St, New York, NY 10038, United States (alternative location in Chelsea)

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