Restaurant: Sal, Kris, & Charlie’s Deli – 33-12 23rd Ave, Astoria, New York
Sal, Kris, & Charlie’s Deli can be considered somewhat of an Astoria sandwich institution. This cash-only deli serves up high-quality cold cuts on even better bread. However, don’t expect anything fancy, Sal, Kris, & Charlie’s is exactly what you envision when you think of your typical New York City deli.
Their claim to fame is “The Bomb” – a sandwich loaded with every possible type of meat, cheese and topping on (basically) an entire loaf of semolina bread. To say this sandwich is enormous would be an understatement. It’s pretty much the size and thickness of your arm and weighs a few pounds. This is by far the biggest sandwich I’ve ever had and I think I’m still full from it. Layer upon layer of delicious cold cuts are piled high and then smothered with toppings. This all sits in between a perfect loaf of bread – a crunchy crust and chewy inner layer.
This sandwich is just what you’d expect if you took an entire deli and put it on bread. The bread was the real standout winner in my book. It reminded me of the bread from Arthur Avenue (I need to take a trip back there very soon). With all these different meats and cheeses, you can’t really pick out specific flavors, rather the taste of the condiments shine through. The mustard did slightly overpower the sandwich, which I didn’t particularly care for, so I’d advise anyone to ask for them to go light on this condiment.
At $7.75 for a sandwich that’s enough to feed a small family, this is one hell of a deal. Many of the comments on Yelp and other sites say they split these sandwiches with a friend. Good idea. I finished the entire thing in one sitting and thought my stomach was going to explode. Next time, I’ll be giving the Italian a try since I think that’s more up my alley as far as taste goes. If you’re on a quest to find some of the top sandwiches in New York City, visit Sal, Kris, & Charlie’s and get “The Bomb.” Come hungry. It’s an experience for any sandwich lover.