The 20 Best Sandwiches In 20 Brooklyn Neighborhoods

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Crown Heights: Royal Bakery and Roti House’s Doubles

Not every sandwich consists of meat and vegetables in between sliced bread (not that there’s anything wrong with that model), and a West Indian doubles is the perfect antidote to sandwich fatigue. The doubles is made up of quickbread (which gets its yellow tinge from turmeric) and a chickpea stew laced with chutney. It’s spicy and savory and really ought to be spiked with a good Scotch bonnet hot sauce before being eaten inhaled. There are many Trinidad and Tobagan spots in Crown Heights that offer doubles, but the one at Royal Bakery and Roti House is our favorite because of the springy, spongy bread, which soaks up every last bit of saucy goodness from the chickpeas.

618 Nostrand Avenue, Crown Heights 

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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