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Our Heroes

Recently, Mayor Bloomberg gave a shout-out to the Subway sandwich chain, one of the few that are down with posting calorie counts. (He recommends the turkey.) Here’s where he should go for a proper hero when he’s not politicking.

  1. 1. Defonte’s

    379 Columbia St., at Luquer St., Red Hook; 718-625-8052

    Whatever you do, don’t ask for a panino. The substantial specimens at this old-school sandwich shop are known as heros, and they’re served longshoreman style, in outsize, time-tested combos like potato-and-egg and roast-beef-mozzarella- and-fried-eggplant.

  2. 2. Alidoro

    105 Sullivan St., nr. Spring St.; 212-334-5179

    Alessandro “Melampo” Gualandi has hung up his apron, but his affable successor, Walter Momente, continues to assemble the same spectacular Italian sandwiches.

  3. 3. Papa Lima Sandwich

    362 Bedford Ave., at S. 4th St., Williamsburg; 718-218-7720

    All the produce comes from the Greenmarket, the breads from Tom Cat Bakery, and the mortadella on the toothsome Jones Road hero from boutique salumi maker Fra’ Mani.


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