Restaurant: Alidoro – 105 Sullivan Street between Prince and Spring Streets, Manhattan, New York

I know that some people (Laura, cough, cough) will adamantly debate me on this, but if you’re looking for what I consider to be New York City’s BEST sandwich, then you need to visit Alidoro.

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Located in SoHo, this is a very tiny sandwich shop that is filled with plenty of character. The place is run by a husband and wife team (he mans the deli slicer and she mans the cash register) that deliver up some incredible tasting sandwiches. Many reviews cast the husband, Walter, as the “sandwich Nazi,” screaming at you if you try to substitute items off the pre-established menu and becoming frustrated if you don’t have your order ready and money out when its your turn in line. While that may be somewhat true, these sandwiches are well worth chancing any verbal abuse you may encounter.

Upon first arrival, you’ll notice that the interior is filled with lots of, what can only be described as, sass. There are pictures and sayings all over the place stating that no substitutions are allowed, they don’t serve tomatoes on their sandwiches, etc. Once you get past all that, you notice Walter, manning the deli slicer and an often large line waiting politely in turn. Unfortunately, since this isn’t a big operation, it can often take upwards of 15-20 minutes waiting in line until you actually get to place your order as he intently focuses on his sandwich creations (while taking time out to watch a movie that is constantly playing on a TV next to him – yes, I’m serious).

While you’re waiting in line you can browse the menu. There are no frills to these sandwiches. Don’t expect lettuce, tomato or onion. Instead, expect different types of meats, cheeses and quality bread. Some of my favorite sandwiches are:

  • Pinocchio: prosciutto, sopressata, fresh mozzarella, sweet roasted peppers, olive paste
  • Michelangelo: prosciutto, provolone cheese, hot peppers, arugula
  • Dino: prosciutto, smoked mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes, arugula

Once you do get to the front of the line and place your order, you’ll notice that in addition to the various sandwiches, you have lots of choices for bread. Everything ranging from Semolina to tramezzino to focaccia is fair game. The one downside, the price of the sandwich does not include the bread so you’ll find yourself forking over an additional $1-$2 depending on which bread you select.

Be prepared for an enormous sandwich as you are given a deli creation the size of a small child’s arm. And, while these sandwiches are not extremely elaborate, the combination of meats and cheeses, along with delicious bread make for an incredible lunch that often times is enough food to save and bring home for dinner as well.

The Verdict

For lunch, Alidoro is on the expensive side, with many sandwiches ranging from $11-$14. However, since I did title this post “New York City’s Best Sandwich,” I think that these sandwiches are well worth the price. I highly recommend visiting Alidoro, if only just once, to experience the sassiness of this husband and wife duo as well as some of the best sandwiches I’ve ever tasted.

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