Any amateur can leverage dinner at Blue Hill into a night of grateful passion, but only a bona fide playa can score using nothing more than his wits and a sandwich. If you can pull it off with a Quiznos Classic Italian, well more power to you, Don Johnson. Otherwise here are a few legit sandwich spots that won't insult your lady, yet will satisfy your need to be a cheap bastard.
Via Quadronno: 25 E 73rd St, at Madison 212.650.9880 Classy, casual panini spot where we once dined beside MC Hammer. What to order: Venison prosciutto sandwich Who to bring: An uptown girl who has no idea venison comes from the flanks of an adorable dee
2 Rivers: 10 Murray St, between Broadway and Church; 212.566.6915 This neighborhood spot's so undiscovered, the surly municipal workers at nearby City Hall haven't even found it. What to order: Mikey G's Brooklyn Broiler Who to bring: Mikey G's slut siste
Punch & Judy: 26 Clinton St, between Houston and Stanton; 212.982.1116
This panini/wine bar is just dark enough to conceal your endlessly wandering eyes, and just inexpensive enough to allow you to pay for the condom you'll "forget" to wear. What to order: Duck panini or lobster sliders Who to bring: Someone who'll venture downtown twice in one nigh
The Bottom Line: the sandwich test is a win-win. If it works, you're scoring on the cheap. If you go down in flames, who cares. All you bought her was a sandwich...