The 20 Best Sandwiches In 20 Brooklyn Neighborhoods

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Gowanus: Littleneck’s Full Bell Ipswich Clam Roll

So this sandwich right here? Is the ocean in a buttered hot dog bun. Keep your lobster rolls (or, actually, give us your lobster rolls too, but, well, you know) it’s Littleneck’s clam roll that is our go-to sandwich in Gowanus. This sandwich is positively overflowing with briny, juicy, crispy fried clams, decadent tartar sauce, and shredded lettuce. It’s rich and satisfying and makes us think of the beach even though the closest body of water is the crème-de-menthe colored canal. Pause between bites of your clam roll for tastes of the pungent pickles (which, we’ve actually had friends take video of our mouth-puckering reactions to these suckers) and pretend it’s summer even as we head into the fall.

288 3rd Avenue, Gowanus littleneckbrooklyn.com

13 COMMENTS

  1. Smoke meat sandwich from Mile End, (mayhaps?). Also, glad that there’s no sandwich in this list that has kale or incorporating kale.

  2. Mimi’s in Ditmas Park is a local spot i go to a couple times a month, but i’ve never seen that sandwich on the menu, i’ll have to ask about it next time. I usually get the mushroom hummus with warm whole wheat pita, and their cauliflower salad is to die for.

    Roll n’ Roasters is worth the trip out to Sheepshead bay, but personally I prefer Brennan and Carr’s roast beef.

    And the commune BLT is outstanding, I almost hesitate to mention it because it’s still a well kept secret.

  3. Love the list cept for one minor error. The Trinidadian amazing little pocket of heaven “doubles” are never called a “double” (singular). Because they always consist of TWO pieces of bara (the bread). So even though it sounds strange to an American ear…. You would order one by asking for “one doubles… Slight peppa”. : ). Now let me get back to working my way through your list!
    Jen

  4. The Michelle My Belle sandwich at Lorimer Market in Wburg is top 5 in NYC. These guys are legends, I’ll put them up against anyone.

  5. Umm..there is a really old school Italian hero shop in Lefferts Gardens called Mama Louisa’s. It rivals and is even better than DeFonte’s in Red Hook.

  6. John’s Deli?!?!?!? Been in business for 80 years out in gravesend with other locations in staten island. but the brooklyn shop is the original. Shrimp parm is outstanding but you really come here for the roast beef. The bread is perfect, roast beef slow cooked and juicy with some smothered onions but the secret ingredient is the gravy. Black and thick, it looks like motor oil and has a sweet syrupy consistency that goes so well with the sandwich that they sell it on its own as a side for you to dip things in. and whenever you tip the guys behind the counter, they all yell out “Subway” which has a rich history all its own.

  7. So so sad, 20 sandwiches and most reside in the gentrified nightmares locals hate.
    How about going deeper into Brooklyn and checking out the authentic flavors.

    Bay Ridge, Brighton Beach, Midwood, Mill Basin, Canarsie. So many neighborhoods that make up the heart of this borough. But no, you chose the hipster hell, from that which the rest of us run.

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