Must-Try Sandwiches (Part Deux)

by Julie Besonen

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  • JoeDough 
    135 First Ave., 212-780-9222, East Village, Manhattan
    Could a sandwich war break out at an East Village intersection? Sandwich specialists Porchetta, Luke's Lobster and This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef are all around the corner from one another. Now add JoeDough to the fray. What sets JoeDough apart is that its 10 sandwiches are not tied to a single theme, but rather range from a Cubano (the JoseDoe) to The Conflicted Jew (which marries chicken liver to bacon and onions in challah bread). JoeDough might require several visits to fully experience its riches, but The Almighty Brisket is a showstopper: peppery and tender beef topped with cheddar and horseradish mayo on a Tom Cat Bakery brioche bun. Match it with a tart Lime in da Coconut drink and take it to Tompkins Square Park for a picnic—JoeDough is even tinier than the nearby JoeDoe, where partners Joe Dobias and Jill Schulster got their start in 2008.

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