Bring on the Torpedos
The New Yorker is Roanoke's version of a New York-deli. They feature many of the classics you would find at a typical deli, including a reuben, sailor sandwich, various forms of -worst, liver, salads, soups, and other massive sandwiches. They also have a deli counter where you can pick up different meats, cheeses, and salads to go.
For me, a meal at The New Yorker is only about one thing on the menu - the torpedo sub sandwich. I'll be honest, the description on the menu of the torpedo is nothing special. Actually, it doesn't even sound good. It's a sandwich with bologna, salami, sharp cheese, slaw, onions, and peppers. I substitute the onions and peppers for tomato. When I described this sandwich to my wife, she said it sounded gross. I get it.
It's definitely not gross. It's piled high with meat and cheese that is then toasted in the oven. Toasting the sandwich gives the meat and cheese this wonderful crust, almost like bark on a smoked piece of pork or beef ribs. The cheese bubbles up all around the meat and the flavors cook together. Then, it's topped with a generous amount of sweet coleslaw. Add a couple slices of fresh tomato and you're all set.
Eating a torpedo is quite an undertaking. It requires both hands and your full attention. It's one of those sandwiches that you can't put down after you take your first bite because it'll fall apart as soon as you try to pick it up again. It's not an issue because it's tough to put down once you take the first bite anyway.
This massive sandwich is about $5.50. Believe it or not, the torpedo is actually the smaller version of a sandwich called the submarine. Torpedo < Submarine. Get it? I once ordered a submarine thinking I could eat the whole thing. Three days later...I still hadn't finished it. A torpedo is plenty to eat.
I have friends who order different things from The New Yorker, but it's never been interesting enough to me to sway from my normal order.
Order the torpedo! Full speed ahead!
New Yorker Deli & Restaurant
2802 Williamson Road NW
Roanoke, VA 24012