No. 7 Sub
1188 Broadway, New York, NY 10001
It's official; vegetables are in. Tyler Kord of Fort Greene's No. 7 has taken the classic submarine sandwich and ditched the thick stack of Italian deli meats. Instead he utilizes all kinds of fresh veggies, seemingly changing his recipes by the week. Broccoli is paired with Thai basil pesto and fresh mozzarella. General Tso's Tofu uses tofu that's been deep-fried for a crispy exterior and soft interior, and covers it in mayo and tasty vegetables (as of now, seaweed, edamame and pickles).
Even the subs meant for carnivores give equal billing to vegetables. The speck sub sticks silky, fatty strips of speck with Brussels sprouts and, oddly enough, pickled blueberries. I have to say, I was skeptical of this one. I usually recoil at the idea of fruit in my sandwiches, but this combination was strangely addictive, with the sweetness of the berries and bitterness of the Brussels sprouts balancing each other out against their meaty backdrop. Every sandwich is made with firm-but-forgiving buns baked daily at No. 7's own bakery, Bun Panthers, in Crown Heights.
Yes, $9 might seem like a bit much for a sub, but each one is quite dense and surprisingly filling. Plus, you get to order from what might be the most chic sub shack in the history of the city, located plum in the new nexus of high-end hipsterdom, the Ace Hotel. It's not exactly connected to the hotel lobby; you have to walk around the corner past Opening Ceremony to find it. Still, it has the same feel, combining the luxe (marble floors, impossibly tall ceilings) with the bohemian (paintings done on rough-edged lumber, an open subway-tiled kitchen).
No. 7 Sub is strictly takeout, as there isn't a seat in the house. That's fine with most customers, mostly businesspeople on lunch break who often carry away brown bags full of sandwiches back to the office. The breakfast menu is served before 10:30am, including a particularly good broccoli, egg and cheese concoction. If you do want to sit down with your sandwich, Madison Square Park is just a few blocks away, where you can watch the Shake Shack line crawl as you happily eat your vegetables.