Best Sandwich Shops in Albany, Saratoga Springs, Troy

The best of the capital region


Corned beef and/or pastrami sandwiches are popular among diners at Gershon’s Deli.

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For 20 years, we’ve been asking you to name and vote for your favorite sandwich shops in our annual Capital Region Top Readers Poll.

In the category’s first year, 1998, we asked for the best substore, but since then (with the exception of a five-year period beginning in 2002 when the category didn’t exist) we we inquired about all types of sandwiches.

But choosing a sandwich shop is only the first step. At Gershon’s Deli & Caterers, winner 2022, you still have to choose from 20 different sandwiches and 15 breads.

Here’s a look at the top sandwich shop winners, starting with the 2022 finalists.

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The delicatessen of Gershon

2022: Winner


A corned beef sandwich at Gershon's Deli.

A corned beef sandwich at Gershon’s Deli.

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Best sandwich shop: First place in 2022, 2016, 2014, 2013 and 2012; second place in 2021, 2020, 2018, 2017, 2015 and 2000; third place in 1999

Best caterer: First place in 2017, 2016, 2003 and 2002

Address: 1600 Union Street, Schenectady

Call: 518-393-0617

Website: gershonsdeli.com



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Pellegrino Import Co.

2022: Second place


Best sandwich shop: First place in 2021, 2020 and 2019; second place in 2022; finalist in 2018 and 2017

Best caterer: Third place in 2017 and 2016

Address: 1197 Central Ave, Albany

Call: 518-459-4472

Website: pellegrinoimporting.com



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Italian imports from ragonese

2022: Third place


The Vegan Special sandwich from Ragonese Imports includes roasted red peppers, grilled eggplant, olives and artichoke hearts.

The Vegan Special sandwich from Ragonese Imports includes roasted red peppers, grilled eggplant, olives and artichoke hearts.

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Best sandwich shop: Third place in 2022; finalist in 2021

Best caterer: Finalist in 2017

Address: 409 New Scotland Ave, Albany

Call: 518-482-2358

Website: ragoneseimports.com



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Deli & Brew

2022: finalist


An Italian sandwich, which includes ham, salami, pepperoni from Deli and Brew

An Italian sandwich, which includes ham, salami, pepperoni from Deli and Brew

Deli and Brew / Provided

Best sandwich shop: Second place in 2019 and 2013; third place in 2014; finalist in 2022, 2021, 2020, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015

Address: 64 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy

Call: 518-274-9525

Website: deliandbrew.com



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Half Moon Sandwich & Salad Shoppe

2022: finalist


Best sandwich shop: First place in 2018, 2017 and 2015; second place in 2016; third place in 2013; finalist in 2022 and 2020

Address: 1613 US 9, half moon

Call: 518-371-2902

Website: halfmoonsandwichshoppe.com



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Cardona Market


Cardona's Market co-owners Robert, center left, and August Cardona, center right, celebrate the opening of their new store in the former Roma Foods location with the cutting of a giant sandwich on Thursday, September 23 2021, on Cobbee Road in Colonie, NY

Cardona’s Market co-owners Robert, center left, and August Cardona, center right, celebrate the opening of their new store in the former Roma Foods location with the cutting of a giant sandwich on Thursday, September 23 2021, on Cobbee Road in Colonie, NY

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Best sandwich shop: Third place in 2020 (Albany site); finalist in 2021 (Albany)

Best caterer: Vice-champion in 2016

Address: 340 Delaware Ave, Albany | 9 Cobbee Road, Latham | 222 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs

Website: cardonasmarket.com



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Andy’s Italian Cuisine and Delicatessen


Best sandwich shop: Third place in 2019

Address: 256 Delaware Ave, Albany

Call: 518-463-2754

Website: andysandsonimports.com


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DiBella’s Subs


Best sandwich shop: Second place in 2014 and 2012 (Albany site); third place in 2018 (Albany) and 2016; finalist in 2015 (Latham)

Address: 1235 Western Avenue, Albany | 2 Wade Road, Latham

Website: dibellas.com



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Genoa import


Best sandwich shop: Third place in 2017, 2015 and 2012; finalist in 2016

Best caterer: Vice-champion in 2016

Address: 435 Loudon Road, Albany

Call: 518-427-0078

Website: genoaimporting.com



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Subway


Best sandwich shop: First place in 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008; second place in 2007; third place in 2001

Best sub-store: First place in 1998

Address: Multiple locations

Website: metro.com



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panera bread


Best place for a working lunch: First place in 2020, 2019 and 2018

Best chain restaurant: Second place in 2020; finalist in 2018, 2017 and 2016

Best vegetarian restaurant: Second place in 2020

Best place for the fastest sit-down lunch (it’s not fast food): First place in 2017

Best sandwich shop: First place in 2007; second place in 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008

Best new restaurant: Third place in 2002

Address: Multiple locations

Website: panerabread.com



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Mr. Subb


Best sandwich shop: Third place in 2000

Best sub-store: Second place in 1998

Address: Multiple locations

Website: mrsubb.com



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Sovrana Pizza & Deli


Best Pizza: First place in 1998; second place in 1997; finalist in 2022

Best sub-store: Third place in 1998

Best home delivery pizza: Second place in 1997

Address: 63 N. Lake Ave., Albany

Call: 518-465-0961

Website: sovranapizza.com



Best of the Capital Region 2022

Best of the Capital Region 2022

Best of the Capital Region 2022

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