I've been daydreaming the last few days about the North Shore roast beef sandwich, Massachusetts' entry in the regional-beef lineup that includes the Philly cheesesteak, New York pastrami, and Italian beef in Chicago. These days you can find them in towns beyond the North Shore, but that was the cradle for this genius item.
The North Shore roast beef consists of rare, fresh roast beef (apparently top or steamship round), sliced thin, piled onto a soft roll (preferably an onion roll), and drenched in a sweet pseudo-barbecue sauce. Mayo, cheese, onion, horseradish and other toppings are optional, but the BBQ sauce is required.
Roast beef outposts in Massachusetts include Kelly's in Revere, King's in Salem, Mur-Mac's in Stoughton, and my hometown spot, Harrison's in North Andover.
So where can I get one of these in NYC?
(Go Red Sox.)