In New York, sandwiches are subject to sales tax. And because “sandwich” can be a nebulous term, the New York Department of Taxation and Finance has put out a bulletin detailing what it considers to be a sandwich. The definition is pretty broad: “A sandwich can be as simple as a buttered bagel or roll, or as elaborate as a six-foot, toasted submarine sandwich.”
But is a buttered bagel actually a sandwich? We find the city’s guidelines to be confusing. Food that is “prepared and ready to be eaten…regardless of the filling or number of layers” sounds like “sandwich” could apply to any food.
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To get an expert opinion on bagels and sandwiches, we asked head baker of Black Seed Bagels in New York City, Dianna Daoheung, to weigh in.