Today is National Sandwich Day! From heros to paninis and everything in between, it’s a special day where we celebrate our favorite sandwiches.
You can get a sandwich just about anywhere, but wouldn’t you want to celebrate with one of the borough’s best sandwiches? Here are 10 of some the best places you can go to in Queens to celebrate National Sandwich Day.
1. Panera Bread – locations in Bayside, Glendale, Long Island City and Rego Park
We all know and love Panera Bread. The popular chain has us wanting more of their classic menu items. In honor of National Sandwich Day, Panera Bread is adding a brand new item: the Chipotle Chicken Avocado Melt. This new sandwich features smoked chicken, smoked Gouda, avocado and cilantro, peppadew piquant peppers and chipotle mayo on a black pepper focaccia. It’s smoky flavor will have you asking for more.
2. Ben’s Best – 96-40 Queens Blvd., Rego Park
An overstuffed pastrami sandwich a New York staple, but no one usually thinks to go to Queens to find one. Head to Ben’s Best in Rego Park for the pastrami experience of a lifetime. They’re pastrami is so savory and tender that you’ll question why you’ve ever gotten a pastrami sandwich anywhere else.
3. The French Workshop – 38-39 Bell Blvd., Bayside
You might think of desserts when you go to the French Workshop, but give one of their sandwiches a try. They use fresh, gourmet bread on their sandwiches, all baked in house. Don’t forget to grab yourself a treat before you leave!
4. Sal, Kris and Charlie’s Deli – 33-12 23rd Ave., Astoria
Known as the “Sandwich Kings” of Astoria, Sal, Kris and Charlie’s Deli has amazing sandwiches for a low price. For under $10, you can get a giant, handcrafted sandwich that’s loaded with flavor. Impress your friends and try the Bomb – a 13 inch sub with a sesame hero cresting 13″ with salami, pepperoni, roast beef, ham, turkey, pastrami, mortadella, chicken, American & provolone cheeses, and veggies.
5. Ragtime Gourmet – 157-48 Crossbay Blvd., Howard Beach
Ragtime Gourmet is your typical Italian grocery, however those who go there regularly know to head right back to the deli counter. If they have the ingredients, they’ll make a sandwich for you right there. With some of the best Italian meats and cheese on hand, Ragtime Gourmet will have you losing yourself in their sandwiches.
Some of the sandwiches might have some strange names, but there is nothing strange about the taste of Cherry Valley’s food. Whether you can pick it up yourself or want to have your food delivered, Cherry Valley has got you covered. They have their own menu item called “The Bomb” as well – grilled steak, bacon, cheddar, onion rings and brown gravy on a toasted garlic hero.
7. Sorriso Italian Pork Store – 44-16 30th Ave., Astoria
This classic Italian deli not only has sandwiches that will have you asking for more, but they also have mouth-watering sides that you can get along with your food. From marinated mushroom salad to octopus salad and house-made mozzarella, you’re stomach and your mouth will both be happy.
8. The Queens Kickshaw – 40-17 Broadway (at Steinway St.), Astoria
Who doesn’t love a good grilled cheese? At The Queens Kickshaw, they take grilled cheese to a whole new level. Each grilled cheese features a kind of cheese, but with each cheese comes a different set of ingredients that act as complimenting flavors. For example, if you get a classic cheddar grilled cheese it comes with a garlic and shallot puree, while if you go for a Gouda grilled cheese it comes with pickled jalapenos, guava jam and black bean hummus. Either way, your taste buds will thank you.
9. Leo’s Latticini – 46-02 104th St. (at 46th Ave.), Corona
Simple ingredients for amazing sandwiches; that’s what you’ll find at Leo’s Latticini. Visitors rave about their mushrooms and peppers, especially when you add them to Leo’s Special Sandwich. Don’t forget to grab a cannoli on your way out!
10. Press 195 – 40-11 Bell Blvd., Bayside
Described as a hidden gem, Press 195 is said to have some of the best sandwiches in Bayside. Whether you’re a fan of hot sandwiches or cold ones, you can’t go wrong at Press 195 because they have some many things to choose from. Round out your meal with an order of Belgian fries and dip them in their chipotle mayo sauce.