New Yorker Sandwiches

You guys!! I'm giddy with excitement. Today is the day I've been waiting for for a very long time. Me and my best friend are setting off on the ultimate food lovers' weekend and getaway. We're headed to Portland Feast! If you're not familiar with Feast, it's a four day, all-inclusive eating and drinking extravaganza with themed events featuring local and nationally acclaimed chefs. Think Top Chef x10. It's been noted as one of the best food festivals in the nation. So naturally, as a food fanatic, this was something that needed to be checked off the bucket list STAT. 

We purchased the tickets and made the plans close to a year ago and the day is finally here! Stay tuned for an epic recap of my weekend on the blog in the next week or so. For now, I thought it completely appropriate to share one of my favorite recipes in honor of the first event we are attending tonight. Get this – we are attending the Sandwich Invitational. The Sandwich Invitational !!!!!!

My ode to the Sandwich Invitational is the New Yorker (New Yawkah) sandwich. What's a New Yorker sandwich? Growing up my mom would take me grocery shopping with her which, at the time, I thought was a chore. Fast forward 20 years and now I know why I love grocery shopping so much! What made our grocery shopping trips so fun in the end was we either made a point of grabbing a bite to eat while we were out shopping as a little reward. The iconic lunch we would share together on our little shopping jaunts was a New Yorker sandwhich we would get in the Top Foods deli. Sadly, they stopped making them in a deli a loooong time ago, but our love for New Yorkers never faded and we would pay tribute to our favorite sandwich by making them at home. 

New Yorkers aren't complicated, but rely on a few essential ingredients to make them a true New Yorker sandwich: rye bread, most specifically marble rye bread if you can get your hands on some (I clearly couldn't), thousand island dressing, pastrami, swiss cheese and coleslaw. That's it. Nothing fancy, but somehow when all of these ingredients are paired together they are truly magical. I actually even compared it to a cold version of a Reuben sandwich, and who doesn't love a Rueben? Each layer of flavor plays a very important role, and if one ingredient were missing it wouldn't be the same! From the sour, spicy rye to the peppery, savory pastrami, the sweet and nutty swiss, tangy thousand island and creamy, crunchy slaw, you can see why this sandwich is one of my all-time favorites. 

It's so good, it just might measure up to the Sandwich Invitational's standards. Happy (Feast) Thursday, friends!

New Yorker Sandwiches


  • Rye bread
  • Pastrami
  • Swiss Cheese
  • Thousand Island dressing
  • Colelsaw. Can be pre-made from the deli, or you can make a quick slaw yourself. I do something kind of like this: 

    • 2 cups coleslaw mix
    • 1/4 cup mayo
    • 1 tablespoon dijon
    • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


Spread thousand island dressing on each side of bread. On one half, layer pastrami and swiss cheese. On the other half, spread a nice layer of coleslaw. Top the coleslaw layer with pastrami layer and cut in half. Enjoy!

Making this recipe? Take a photo and share with me on Instagram. Be sure to use the hashtag #HungryAliEats so we can follow along.

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