For this year’s edition of Cheap Eats, the Underground Gourmet ranked their top 101 spots for affordable meals in all five boroughs. Here, we highlight five of our favorite sandwiches from that list.
Meat Hook Sandwich
Gyro-spiced lamb sausage on a Martin’s hot-dog bun. If it hasn’t been assembled from a stump of mystery meat carved off a rotating vertical spit and packed into a pita, is it still a gyro? Who cares when it’s this delicious? 495 Lorimer St., nr. Grand St., Williamsburg; no phone yet
Fried-Chicken Bánh Mì:
Wangs subs a Runner & Stone semolina loaf for the traditional rice-flour baguette. Purists may not like it, but we do—a lot. 671 Union St., nr. Fourth Ave., Park Slope; 718-636-6390
Porchetta Bánh Mì:
The only thing better than a fried-chicken bánh mì? The recently introduced porchetta rendition of the Vietnamese sandwich at Sara Jenkins’s piggy parlor. 110 E. 7th St., nr. First Ave.; 212-777-2151
Tunisian Tuna Sandwich:
Like a supercharged pan bagnat: good canned tuna, potato, tomato, hard-cooked egg, olives, preserved lemon, and the clincher—a healthy dose of harissa. And the bread, of course, is perfect. 18 E. 16th St., nr. Union Sq. W.; 212-633-2253
Tobiko Spread, Salmon, and Butter Lettuce on a Sesame-Seed Bagel:
Black Seed Bagels
Elmer’s glue would probably taste okay spread onto this old-fashioned bagel. Oddly enough, it might be the butter lettuce that makes the combo stand out. 170 Elizabeth St., nr. Kenmare St.; 212-730-1950
*This article appears in the June 30, 2014 issue of New York Magazine.