Hot, cold, or spread thick with grainy mustard: we’re here to point you towards some turkey sandwiches worth gobbling right up.
Around this time of year, tantalizing aromas linger in restaurants, homes, and bakeries all around the U.S. Sometimes, in the midst of all this festive spirit, the urge to cook a giant feast doesn’t come — but the yearning for turkey does. If you find yourself in New York when one of those cravings strikes, have no fear: we’ve rounded up a bounty of turkey sandwiches worth more than their weight in gravy.
Whether you like yours served on sourdough or a hoagie, with cranberries or extra mayo, these five sandwiches will meet your turkey needs well beyond the holiday weekend.
1. Fresh Roasted Turkey Sandwich at The Original Sandwich Shoppe of New York
The Original Sandwich Shoppe of New York in the West Village has been owned by the same family for three decades. They prepare the sandwich meats themselves, and there’s nothing not to love about a classic executed so absolutely perfectly. For their Fresh Roasted Turkey Sandwich, house roasted dark and white turkey meat is piled high on a baguette with lettuce and tomatoes. With just a hint of mayo and a lot of flavor, this simple sandwich hits all the right spots.
2. The Hot Turkey Sandwich at Katz’s Deli
Most people request pastrami or corned beef when they visit Katz’s Delicatessen, but an unsung hero awaits sandwich lovers at this iconic deli: the Hot Turkey Sandwich. Truly loaded with turkey, the sandwich stands at least 6 inches tall. The turkey is slowly roasted in its own juices, then steamed alongside Katz’s pastrami and corned beef. Only when a customer orders a sandwich is the turkey finally sliced. Served between two slices of rye bread, we recommend eating the sandwich with a nice slathering of Katz’s housemade Russian dressing.
3. The House Turkey at Parm
Parm specializes in Italian-American food, and the House Turkey sandwich is a standby at the Little Italy-based restaurant. The turkey for the sandwich is marinated in honey, garlic, and herbs before being slow roasted to perfection. The meat is then sliced, stacked on a hero or semolina roll, and topped off with onions, lettuce, and tomato.
4. Smoked Turkey and Cheddar at Iris Take Away
The Smoked Turkey and Cheddar sandwich at Iris Take Away may not be for turkey traditionalists, and that’s exactly why we love it. Sharp cheddar, smoked turkey, fresh pickles, and Dijon mayo are layered on toasted cranberry-pecan bread, delivering distinctive flavors and textures in each and every bite. The mix of savory turkey, tart cranberry, and sharp cheddar make it almost like a whole Thanksgiving meal in sandwich form.
5. Tiny’s Giant Sandwich Shop
Serving up some remarkably UN-tiny sandwiches, Tiny’s Giant Sandwich Shop has become a Lower East Side institution since opening its doors in 1999. The minimalist shop features dozens of sandwich and salad offerings, and the Hot Turkey sandwich is a force to be reckoned with: it’s layered with sliced turkey, provolone, sautéed onion, pepperoncini, lettuce, and tomato. The toasted sesame semolina bun holding the sandwich together is finished off with a drizzle of Italian dressing before being served.