- Minetta Tavern
113 Macdougal St., at Minetta Ln.; 212-475-3850
Los Angeles may have invented it, but New York has perfected it. Lunch only.
- 606 R&D
606 Vanderbilt Ave., nr. St. Marks Ave., Prospect Heights; 718-230-0125
It’s not just a condiment anymore. Ilene Rosen gives the ancient root a star turn on Grandaisy Pullman with butter and red onion. Even optional Benton’s bacon gets second billing.
Goat Face Sandwich
- Goat Town
511 E. 5th St., nr. Ave. A; 212-687-3641
House-smoked goat on Texas toast by way of the neighborhood Japanese bakery. It’s Julie E. Farias’s deliriously good tribute to the Lone Star State’s butcher-paper barbecue joints. Mondays only.
- La Promenade des Anglais
461 W. 23rd St., nr. Tenth Ave.; 212-255-7400
Alain Allegretti’s clever, New Age take combines all the elements of the old classic (béchamel, melted Gruyère, ham) twirled together like a modern-day wrap.
- Smith Canteen
343 Smith St., at Carroll St., Carroll Gardens; no phone
Crispy thigh meat, a buttermilk dressing, and iceberg lettuce on a Martin’s potato bun—it’s better than Chick-fil-A, and that’s a compliment.
Doing the Earl Proud
Stars of the sandwich scene.
From the 2012 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).