One of the things I’m most thankful about my new job (yes, newsflash: Â I now work for an NYC deal and discount Web site) is that my coworker Wells has introduced me to Olive’s. Â This little soup, salad and sandwich shop in Soho produces some of the most phenomenal sandwiches.
While I hate to wait in long lines for sandwiches at lunchtime (case in point: the trip to Alidoro), the line at Olive’s moves fairly quick – you are in it for less than 5 minutes tops. Â This is strictly a to-go joint, as there aren’t tables inside but there is a bench outside if you don’t have an office to head home to. Â Sandwiches aren’t made to order, but unlike one of those chains (like a Pax), these taste surprisingly fresh like someone just made them. Â Also, I think that since the sandwich is wrapped up in paper, as opposed to a cardboard container, it gives you the feeling that you are eating a sandwich packed with love from mom.
While I’ve been to Olive’s a few times, I usually go with the turkey sandwich – smoked turkey, lettuce, tomato, bacon, garlic mayo on sourdough bread. Â The sandwich generally stays together pretty well, but I wish that Olive’s cut the sandwich in half as rectangles rather than diagonally as triangles because it can sometimes fall apart towards the end. Â However, the sandwich is so addicting that I have found myself picking up the pieces that have fallen apart and plopping bits of turkey in my mouth…in front of guests in our office. Â Classy. Â Other sandwich favorites in our office include the yellow tuna sandwich (I know there is tuna involved, but since I don’t eat it, any convo about tuna I tune out) and the chicken sandwich.
When you are in Olive’s, I’d also recommend checking the blackboard closest to the window that has the specials of the day. Â I’m not a vegetarian, but Olive’s has this delicious sandwich that will make anyone want to give up meat. Â The special includes avocado, sprouts,Â red onion, garlic mayo and sharp cheddar, on 7 grain bread. Â If this is available when you head to Olive’s, I recommend giving it a try (rumor has it that it’s only around on Thursday).
I’m not going to lie – Olive’s is a little on the pricey side, about $9 for the sandwich. Â I think it’s the perfect-sized sandwich though, and definitely keeps me full for the remainder of the afternoon and into the evening. Â If you work in Soho, definitely put Olive’s into the lunchtime rotation.The Basics Name: Olive’s Location: 120 Prince St (between Greene St & Wooster St) Who to bring: Alone Price: $ Under $10 for the sandwich Overall: I’m a big fan. Â 5 stars.