The concept of the sandwich originated as a medieval era scam much like three-card Monte, where peasants had to guess whether deli meat or a spiked flail lay hidden between two slices of bread. Take no gambles with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $14 worth of gourmet burgers and sandwiches at Burger Zone on the Upper East Side.
Though Burger Zone opened its doors a scant six moons ago, its reputation for succulent kosher burgers is already deeply entrenched in the minds of city-dwelling sandwich-cravers. Flipping patties from lunch until the demi-midnight hour of 11:30 p.m., the cornucopia of sandwiches, which runs the gourmet gamut from beef and turkey to schnitzel and wild mushroom (each $7 à la carte and $11.50 as a meal), is matched only by the multifarious condiments, which includes hot chili, chimichurri, or, for the metacarnivore, a second burger. The chicken burger pairs a boastful, bread-beset fowl with fresh basil and walnuts ($7), and the lamb burger, notoriously silent, offers a portable take on a luxurious classic ($9). All solitary burgers and sandwiches may be upgraded to a meal with any drink plus fries or onion rings, which in turn may be substituted for fried mushrooms for an additional $0.75. Further upgrades are available for grain-seekers, with whole-wheat buns running an additional $0.50.