SoHo's shoebox sandwich shop Alidoro is almost as well known for its small size and strict menu policy as it is for the deliciousness of the bread-and-fillings products it produces. With their new location, which opens in Midtown today, they're relaxing some of their policies—by adding new menu items, for example—while simultaneously expanding the size of their operation, with a brand new space with—wait for it!—tables, chairs and even a bathroom.
You won't find a create-your-own option here; what you see is what you get. There's some room for customization, however, as you can pick the type of bread you'd like and add additional toppings should you choose. That won't include traditional fixings like mayonnaise, though; instead, current owner Walter Momentè makes his own spreads and toppings, like caponata of eggplant, mushroom paste and calabrese spread. You can also add on extra meats and cheeses, from prosciutto and tuna to smoked mozzarella and parmesan.
Even without extra fixings, these sandwiches come pretty fully loaded. Plus, they're enormous. Make sure to order by name—the Pinocchio ($13), stuffed with prosciutto, sopressata, fresh mozzarella and olive paste is particularly good. Vegetarians should try one of seven options, including the Valentino ($11.50), with smoked mozzarella, artichokes, sweet roasted peppers and arugula.
Breaking with tradition (aka: sandwiches only), the new location will offer salads composed of different sandwich filling combinations, morning pastries like croissant and biscotti and a full complement of coffees and teas. The new spot also makes moves on the classic breakfast sandwich, like the Carlo with egg, porchetta, hot pepper spread and piave cheese and the Chiara with egg, basil pesto and fresh mozzarella. While a bit smaller than the deli monsters, the egg sandwiches are all a very budget-friendly $3.50.
18 East 39th Street, 646-692-4330; website. Open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily