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Where This Writer Buys Sandwiches and Lighters on Avenue B

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New York City has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some local shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around our fantastic city that we might not all know about. Cue the Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.

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Ryan O'Connell is a writer and editor for Thought Catalog, where he regularly composes articles like "13 Possible Taylor Swift Song Titles" and "5 Ridiculous Dating Deal Breakers." His first book, called I'm Special, comes out next year. Here, he shows us his favorite spot in the East Village for home necessities and sandwiches.

The first time I went to Sunny & Annie's, I was rolling on Ecstasy and STARVING. I went in to get a sandwich but the place was so crowded and full of drunk people, I had to leave because it was harshing my mellow! I went back the next week though and ordered their pho sandwich, which sounds sort of terrifying but is actually delicious. In fact, all of their sandwiches are spectacular. This place is like a gourmet sandwich shop trapped in a brokedown bodega's body. I feel very fortunate to live around the corner and be able to call this *MY* bodega.
When I'm not getting sandwiches at Sunny & Annie's, my purchases are usually the following: Bic lighters to light my extensive candle collection, stamps for sending out letters/bills, toothbrushes, and random toiletries etc. It's primarily a deli so 80% of the stuff there is food. On top of a sandwich, I always get a gallon of water and an imported chocolate bar if I'm feeling like Kirstie Alley (Which is often).

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Sunny & Annie's

94 Avenue B New York, NY 10009