Amidst all the Dinosaur Barbecue controversy (and to put this into context, I'm mostly pro-Dino), Manhattan has been invaded by a more important outsider -- Tony Luke's. Almost two years ago, I came back from Philadelphia declaring the roast pork Italian (with aged provolone and broccoli rabe, with or without onions) to be as good a sandwich as I've ever eaten anywhere (see link below).
Now Tony Luke's is in New York, and there have been a few rhapsodic posts on Chowhound, but I'm alarmed at how few reports there have been. The good news is that the NYC version, at least the one I ate yesterday for lunch, was every bit as good as the Philadelphia version.
I'm sure that at some point the NY Times will write a rhapsodic review, but in the meantime, I'm not sure how well the place is doing. They've already started closing at 9:00 P.M., even on the weekend.
I'd be shocked if T.L.'s isn't now by far the best cheesesteak in town, but it would be awfully hard for me to order anything other than the miraculous roast pork Italian sandwich.
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