Simply put… you have not lived until you’ve had a sandwich at Alidoro.
Ali Doro is the perfect epitome of the largely only New York idea that one can treat their customers any way one wants, as long as what they are serving is perfect (it is). Alidoro is kinda of like the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld where they kick you out for asking for recommendations, taking too much time when ordering or talking too loud. But they can do whatever they want and tell me however they want me to act as I am at the mercy of them until I get my beloved sandwich!
During the week lines form out the door making your lunch endeavor a long, but well worth it process. I go on Saturday afternoons when you will almost always have someone in front of you, but never wait more than 10 minutes. Consider yourself lucky if you work or live nearby…. while they don’t deliver, they do accept phone orders so you can skip the line!
One should note that the menu is overwhelming; they’ve got over 40 sandwich creations and you can also make your own. So I suggest checking out the menu prior to your visit so you can at least have an idea of what you want. Otherwise you will be left staring at the menu way longer than you should. It is impossible not to find a sandwich to love because everything is wonderful.
The sandwiches aren’t cheap (averaging $11 a pop) but they are not small either (about the size of my forearm) so trust me when I say you won’t need anything else to eat until much, much later that night. My personal favorite is “The Pavarotti” with salami, smoked mozzarella, sundried tomatoes, artichokes and sweet roasted peppers but I also like “The Dino” with prosciutto, arugula, smoked mozzarella and sundried tomatoes and “The Marco Polo” with fresh mozzarella, hot peppers and arugula. It doesn’t matter what sandwich you get because it will be good. With each layer you bite into an explosion of flavors where, even though it’s all packed in there, you get to taste each fresh and delicious ingredient separately.
Alidoro is only open for five hours (from 11:30-4:30) Monday-Saturday and is cash only. Before a trip to Alidoro make sure you’ve got your game face on (i.e. a hungry stomach) and prepare yourself mentally for the best Italian sandwich you’ve ever had, seriously.
105 Sullivan Street (between Prince & Spring)