I came across this article while digging around the New York Times’ website that came out back in September. I often give the Times a lot of shit for a number of things, including: being overly verbose, getting to the party late (meaning: reporting on something that actual locals have known for ages and they just happened to find out 6 months later about), and letting the rest of the city know about the awesome places that I know about and don’t want to share (Taqueria Tlaxcalli!).
However, I can definitely give credit where it’s due. The profile of City Island spot, Papa John’s Deli, where sandwiches are named after loyal customers, paints a really great portrait of the place, filled with characters. My favorite quote is from a customer named Martin Balassi, ” “The Carnegie Deli names their sandwiches after famous people — well, these people are famous to us.”
I definitely need to pay a visit to Papa John’s Deli. Have any of you been there? If you had a sandwich, what would be in it and what would you want it to be named? (For the record: The Bronx Socialite would have grilled chicken, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, and olive oil. And a deli pickle on the side.)