The Sandwich Bar
33-01 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria
Sit-down sandwich spots are definitely a rarity these days. Why pay rent for a whole seating area, when a counter or even window are enough to satisfy the lunch crowd? In Manhattan, gourmet spots like No. 7 Sub and Nam Pang have had huge success with take out only. Rents in Astoria are cheaper and the brand new Sandwich Bar, across from the brand new glitzy MP Taverna, is trying to make their sandwiches into a destination for a full lunch, dinner, or late night jaunt (open daily 10am-2am). This small corner space has been an unsuccessful home to a gyro joint and, most recently, Just Burgers, but after just one visit, I have a hunch that The Sandwich Bar will be around for much longer.
The owners have made the most of the small space with an actual sandwich bar, high and low top tables, an attractive mix of wood and metal, and even a few outside tables. The service was friendly, and seems willing to try to satisfy the local clientele. Most of all, the sandwiches, at least the ones we had, were delicious and reasonably priced. WeCouldEat is happy to report everything on the menu is under $10! I had a hot hero with deliciously tender and meaty brisket, chili mayo, roasted peppers, onions, and corn ($9.50). It was excellent, especially the brisket, as this place is known for their slow roasted hand-carved meats. Spud had a grilled cheese with brisket, spicy mayo, cheddar and provolone ($8.50), which she enjoyed very much, although she thought my hero was a much more filling option for $1 more. The only minor downside was the unremarkable coleslaw that accompanies every sandwich.
Besides meat and vegetarian sandwiches, other menu highlights include salads, stuffed roasted potatoes, and burgers. But enjoy the slow roasted meats here, I have had much worse at highly-acclaimed barbecue palaces. I like this little sandwich shop that fits so nicely in the Ditmars neighborhood of Astoria.