City Sub (450 Bergen S, Brooklyn, no website, menu here) is so simple and unassuming you almost ignore it. Almost. It’s open mostly for lunch starting at 11am and closes whenever they run out of bread. The whole place is basically a refrigerator for meats and cheese, a few toaster ovens, and a counter for prep. Every time I’ve been, the line is nearly out the door and everyone is standing in silence watching the sandwiches get made. The menu is available in a little brochure as usual, but it’s also plastered on the back wall, each item numbered from 1 to 30 or so.
It is all rather unassuming, which is certainly part of the charm, you don’t expect the crunchy-on-the-outside-and-chewy-on-the-inside bread to be that good. You don’t expect the toppings to be that fresh, even though you just saw them added. It all comes together like a wonderful crescendo. Plus, it’s cheap!
I’m not going to bother going through each sandwich I’ve had there, they’ve all been fantastic.