Sal, Kris & Charlie’s most popular sandwich is the Bomb, which is advertised on the board over the granite counter as “$9.50 fully loaded plus tax.” (Alka-Seltzer, which the shop also sells, is extra.) A mix of Italian and American cold cuts topped with American and Provolone cheese, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, hot peppers, sweet peppers and mayonnaise and vinegar, it happened accidentally.
“A customer told my dad to make whatever he wanted,” Nick Gordon said. “Then someone else asked for it. It caught on, so we had to call it something.”
Anthony Pisciotta, an employee of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority who lives in the Bronx, was hungry enough for the Bomb but didn’t order it.
“I’m trying to lose weight,” he said as he carried out a turkey on a club roll.
Mr. Santiago, who works at ConEd, has been coming to Sal, Kris & Charlie’s long enough to remember Sal, who worked there from age 8 until his death at 65.