06/04/2010 01:09 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

The 101 Best Sandwiches In New York

At its most elemental, the sandwich is an efficient delivery system for protein, carbs, and maybe a few vegetables, requiring just two pieces of bread and a pair of hands to consume. But in modern New York, the sandwich has evolved into something else entirely.

It's not just sustenance -- it's baguettes blobbed with sea-urchin roe and smeared with Korean-mustard-oil butter, milk-braised turkey leg on Pullman, oak-smoked salami squished into an onion roll.

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