Tastee Sub Shop
267 Plainfield Avenue
Open: Lunch and dinner, daily
Style: An unprepossessing little deli with fluorescent lighting and limited seating, especially at lunch, when the place fills up. On the wall, among photos of Jets and Giants players and other notables, is a framed Tastee bag signed by President Obama in 2010.
The Scoop: Opened in 1963, Tastee has been owned by David Thornton and Carl Padovano since 1972. They have two other locations, in Franklin Park and Lawrenceville.
The Menu: Bread is fresh, meat and cheese sliced to order. Everyone orders by number. The star is the number 5 (pictured). It’s the only numbered sandwich that has a name—appropriately, the Super Sub. It combines pressed ham, boiled ham, capocollo, salami, prosciuttini and choice of provolone, Swiss or American cheese. Ask for it with everything, which includes shredded lettuce, onion, tomato, oil, vinegar, salt and oregano. The number 7, relatively lighter, is thinly sliced smoked turkey breast. Vegetarians will appreciate the salad sub, which has no meat or cheese (or number). Any sub can be served as a platter, sans bread, same price. Subs come in 16-inch or 8 inches, most of the latter costing $5 or less. Three- and 6-footers available for parties.
Heads Up: Pay cash, get 5 percent off. On weekends, expect a line, possibly out the door.
What's a Quick Bite? Short takes on casual, affordable dining.
Cuisine Type:American - Deli/Quick Bites
Ambience:An unprepossessing little deli with fluorescent lighting and limited seating, especially at lunch, when the place fills up.