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85 Very Good

Terrific Italian heros in many permutations on good bread.

105 Sullivan St., New York, NY, 10012


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The lowdown

This pint-sized sandwich shop and Soho institution is known as much for what it offers its customers (well-constructed, exquisitely dressed Italian heros on a range of good breads) as for what it does not (chips, pickles, glasses of water, forks, spoons, knives, plates, bathrooms, and a tolerance for those who don’t order by sandwich name). Old-timers remember the place when it was called Melampo and run by a temperamental Tuscan named Alessandro Gualandi whose least favorite saying was “the customer is always right.” His understudy and eventual successor, Walter Momente, is, by comparison, positively chipper, but his sandwiches are just as delicious, especially the Romeo (smoked chicken, Bel Paese, hot-pepper dressing, arugula) and the Vivaldi (tuna, provolone, eggplant caponata).

Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld

What you need to know

Recommended DishesRomeo, Vivaldi, and Pinocchio sandwiches.

DrinksNo Alcohol

Noise LevelCivilized