Craziest Sandwiches in New York City


New York City, the city that never sleeps, the capital of the world, the place where the only constant is change, is the very definition of a city on the go. So it makes sense that sandwiches are a perennial favorite at meal time, since they are usually designed to be easily eaten on the run. While New Yorkers love many of the standards enjoyed throughout the rest of the country, the fact that New York is the ultimate melting pot as well as a culinary center, means that there are often some very, um, interesting choices on menus across the city. So in honor of National Sandwich Day, which takes place on November 3, let's take a look at some of the craziest sandwiches available in NYC:

Broccoli Sandwich at No. 7 Sub
Who would have guessed that a sandwich based on roasted broccoli would lead to a mini-empire with outposts in Dumbo, The Plaza, and the Ace Hotel? Not me, but the geniuses behind No. 7 Sub added feta cheese, lychee muchim, fried shallots and veganise to the aforementioned broccoli and a classic was born.

Gargantuan Sandwiches at Carnegie Deli
Carnegie Deli isn't known for unusual ingredient combinations. Instead, it's famous for its mile-high stacks of meat. Gargantuan? They're not kidding! (Ready to check it out? Better go soon, since they are scheduled to close December 31, 2016.)

The Ramen Burger at Smorgasburg
Aside from the occasional substitution of donuts or waffles for the bread, most of the sandwich tinkering takes place between the two slices holding the sandwich together. Not so at Ramen Burger (served permanently at 40th Avenue Food) where New York's love of ramen noodles is combined with an artisan Angus burger. The result? Some liken it to eating a bowl of shoyu ramen with your hands (but in a good way).

The Pork Sandwich at Rocket Pig
What's really crazy about Rocket Pig is they offer just one thing: smoked pork sandwich on ciabatta. The place is tiny and with its location near the High Line, often crazy busy. But after just one bite be prepared to fall crazily in love.

The Chicken & Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich from Coolhaus Ice Cream Trucks
Ok, so by now you probably know that fried chicken and waffle sandwiches are a thing. But Coolhaus goes one better and adds this unlikely (but tasty) combination to an ice cream sandwich. Follow Coolhaus on Twitter to find out where the truck stops next.

Victoria Otto Franzese is a proud New Yorker who owned, operated, and wrote for a successful online travel guide for 15 years. Now, thankfully, all of her travel is purely for fun. Share your favorite crazy sandwich idea with her at @VOFranzese.