Mekelburg’s is in the back of a small specialty foods store on a residential street in Clinton Hill, and it makes some of the best sandwiches in the city. The porchetta and the duck banh mi are both great, and definitely get a loaded baked potato with toppings like bacon and raclette or cod and caviar. You can sit at the bar and try and try different rare beers, or hang at a picnic table on the outdoor back patio with a group.
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Winnie’s Lobby Bar
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A classic New York City gem, still standing from a time when horse and buggies were bringing people here to drink. Eat the chicken club sandwich, drink a Stella from the tap, and imagine that you’re about to head off for a sweet vacation aboard the Titanic.
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We wish there was a Daily Provisions on every corner, so that we would never be far from their excellent breakfast and lunch.
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Faicco’s Italian Specialities
Faicco’s is an incredible Italian deli that’s been open since 1900, and their chicken cutlet sandwich is unbeatable.
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