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BCE_ChorizoTaco_6466.jpgEach week in our Chefs Off Duty series, we talk to some of our favorite chefs and industry folk around the country to find out their secret late-night spots where they like to grab a bite and a pint when their kitchens are finally closed. Next up: Eli Sussman, chef at the eternally delicious Montreal-style deli, Mile End, and co-author, along with his brother, Max, of a new cookbook, The Best Cookbook Ever.

Where's your favorite place to hit up when you're leaving Mile End or you have a day off?

Alidoro on Sullivan Street. It's an Italian sandwich shop and I'm almost positive that the guy that owns it is the guy behind the counter. Sandwiches are my favorite food and Alidoro has a very extensive sandwich list. They also have this great sign of things that they do not have. They're really serious about it. The sign basically says, "We do not have..." and then it lists 50 things. "We do not have mayo, we do not have forks, we do not have..." They're serious. You walk up, you pay cash, you order specifically what your sandwich is off the menu -- I don't think they allow any substitutions of any kind. I've probably had ten different types of sandwiches there -- they're amazing. They have prosciutto, sopressata, they have mozzarella on every single sandwich, they have sundried tomatoes... It's just really, really good. A buddy told me that you need to get the sfilatino bread and I've never gotten my sandwich on any other bread since and I know that they sell out of that sfilatino bread really early. It's delicious. It's like a baguette -- it's kind of crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

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How'd you hear about this place?

It was a recommendation given to me by a chef friend -- he's from Los Angeles and lives in Utah so I don't even know how he heard of it.  We were talking one time and he said, "You gotta go to Alidoro."

What's your favorite thing to get there?

That's such a hard question because they're all really good. The last sandwich I had had smoked chicken on it and it had roasted red peppers and I honestly can't remember the name. They're all called, like, Italian names. There's a sandwich called the Pavarotti and the Michaelangelo. The sandwiches are really simple -- it's like, "here's a really good sandwich with good bread and good meat." That's like all I really need.

Alidoro, 105 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012; Open Mon-Sat, 11:30am-4pm, Closed Sundays

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