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Boozy picnics, frisbee games, and straight loungin’ on Sheep Meadow: warm weather days are finally here, and there’s no better place to enjoy the great outdoors (or just take a break from crazy city life) than in beautiful Central Park.
There are dozens of awesome eateries within walking distance of the perimeter, from old-school delis to high-end restaurants to casual burger joints. My latest Thrillist article showcases great go-to spots (organized by location) around the Park—check out the full list here. Skip the dirty-water dog vendor and get after it.
Jams image courtesy of Jen Davidson & Blair Campion
What New Yorker doesn’t love a good deli sandwich? I know I do, and after moving out to my new ‘hood, I’ve been told over and over that Sal, Kris and Charlie’s Deli—known as The Sandwich King of Astoria—is the tried and true local favorite. This traditional, old-school Italian delicatessen has no frills, just great food. So, one afternoon when I was intensely craving a good ol’ meaty sammie, I went to see what all the hype was about.
Let me tell you, it’s a serious operation in there! I felt like I was in a Seinfeld episode trying to order a bowl from the Soup Nazi—it was jam-packed with people yelling, cold cuts flying—definitely a bit intimidating for a first-timer. This place is tiny, the line is usually long, and the sandwiches are massive.
Sal, Kris, and Charlie’s most famous sandwich creation is called The Bomb. When I asked what comes on it, I got a gruff stare from the guy behind the counter and the cheeky response of “all American and Italian meats and cheeses.” That’s about all the explanation I was going to get and that’s really all I needed. Trust me, don’t ask questions, just order The Bomb.
At only $7, this sandwich is enormous—most people wouldn’t even come close to eating this thing in one sitting. It’s probably the biggest and most complex sandwich I’ve ever had in my life. The bread is crusty, chewy and hearty enough to support all the fillings. What’s exactly on The Bomb: ham, turkey, salami, pepperoni, mortadella, American, Swiss and provolone cheeses, shredded lettuce, tomato, onion, black olives, marinated hot peppers, dressing, mustard, mayo…. and I’m pretty sure there’s more that I’m leaving out.