We already know that in the depths of Alphabet City lies some of the best fried chicken you will ever eat, but what you should also know is that it has so many other things to offer like
The Best Community Garden in NYC - The Creative Little Garden, a hidden little oasis with bubbling waterfalls, benches and a handful of tables tucked throughout the beautifully kept space.
It is also the very best place to enjoy any of the sandwiches you get from Sunny & Annie's, what I will decree as the very best bodega in NYC. Not only is the carrot juice, always kept on ice outside, sweet and refreshing, the inside stocked with all sorts of sweets and treats to favor Asians and people's peculiar dietary needs (vegan, gluten-free, health-nut, you got it!), but the sandwiches. Oh my gosh, the sandwiches.
You can see them listed in front of the deli-stand in multi-colored sheets of 8.5 x 11 paper, each sandwich an amalgamation of a million different ingredients, and you'd never think they belong together, but then when you actually see them together like this, you'll think, "I'd eat that."
I haven't been able to deviate from the Pho #2 sandwich since I first took a bite of it. Fresh slices of crisp sweet apple, tender chunks of tofu, thick slices of grilled chicken, sweet and tangy hoisin, oh so creamy avocado, spicy fresh green pepper sauce, cilantro and lettuce all jampacked into a hero.
How they do it in the tiniest ol' space, I will never know, but the sandwich is infinitely fresh, astoundingly flavorful and just mesmerizing. I savor each final bite like it's an old friend, one that always gives me such warm memories and one whom I can never wait to see again.
Han's Nonsensical Rating: Best sandwiches in the city.
94 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009
The Creative Little Garden
530 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009