As some old saying probably goes "All bacon, is good bacon." For all those days/nights/afternoons/early mornings/mid-mornings/any-mornings-really when you want better than good, though, there are these: the 11 best bacon dishes in NYC.
Bacon Loves Lobster Roll
Bar Bacon (address and info)
This place specializes in bacon. Like, really specializes. It has a bacon tasting, an all day sausage, bacon, egg & cheese, and a bacon banh mi. Oh right, and THIS: a lobster roll mixed with hunks of bacon. Game, set, bacon match.
Side of bacon
Peter Luger Steakhouse (address and info)
Extra-thick, extra-sizzling, this is the model for steakhouse bacons around the world.
Maple bacon on a stick
Landhaus/Landhaus at the Woods
Have you ever thought about how much fun eating would be if everything you loved just came on a stick like this thick, sweet-yet-savory mass of delicious pork? You are now.
Bowl of bacon
Whiskey Tavern (address and info)
Things that pair excellently with getting weird at this Downtown party spot: a big damn bowl of bacon with dipping sides of maple syrup or bleu cheese. And pickle backs.
The Wayland (address and info)
This most simple of sandwich creations is taken to new, bacon-y heights at this top-notch cocktail bar thanks to double-smoked pork belly (aka mad-thick bacon) that’s been slow cooked in apple cider, bourbon, and maple syrup, then topped with roma tomatoes, frisee, and rosemary mayo on country bread.
Mission Chinese Food (address and info)
Lower East Side
This restaurant is hot shit right now, and will be for the foreseeable future -- but with good reasons, one of which is this spicy dish loaded with bacon tossed in a wok and dressed up with Shanghai rice cakes, bitter melon, and sweet tofu skins.
Bacon peanut brittle
The Redhead (address and info)
Someday scientists from the dystopian future -- when all they eat are kale capsules and sorghum pellets -- will come back, find some fossilized peanut brittle from this Southern East Village favorite, and genetically engineer delicious vintage pigs that everyone will go crazy for. In the present, though, you don’t have to wait for science to eat this crunchy, meaty, peanut-y sweet bar snack.
Bacon Caesar roll
Cherry Izakaya (address and info)
Whoever decided to start putting bacon in sushi form should be given some sort of special Nobel Bacon Prize award. And whoever makes a bacon, egg, and cheese sushi roll should be elected president.
Maple bacon Brussels sprouts
Snowday (address and info)
Not only does this new food truck give back by employing formerly incarcerated youth, but this winner of the Vendys Rookie of the Year award makes a bomb bacon dish. Everything here is made with maple syrup and the Brussels sprouts are also studded with bacon, like all vegetables should be. And while it’s not a bacon dish, you should definitely still get this with the grilled cheese.
Asian bacon sandwich
Rise & Swine (address and info)
This brand-new vendor at Smorgas (one of many awesome new options, actually) is Bringing It On: In It to Win It with a series of “breakfast sandwiches” featuring home-cured bacon, including this bad boy that adds pink peppercorn and aged soy to the bacon and tops it with avocado, quick-pickled cucumber, pickled ginger, and lap chong sausage.
Tsunami or Spicy Redneck
Crif Dogs (address and info)
We’re giving it to two of them here, because at the heart of these the real “bacon dish” is the bacon-wrapped hot dog, which is used in pretty much all of this subterranean doghouse's offerings. Also it’s pretty much a matter of taste for our two favorites here -- either you prefer spicy, chili- and slaw-covered dogs, or a somehow refreshing teriyaki and pineapple-covered joint. These are the two best though -- sorry Jon-Jon Deragon fans, no arguments.
1. BarBacon836 9th Ave, New York
2. Peter Luger178 Broadway, Brooklyn
3. Landhaus48 S 4th St, Brooklyn
4. Whiskey Tavern79 Baxter St, New York
5. The Wayland700 E 9th St, New York
6. Mission Chinese Food171 E Broadway, New York
7. The Redhead349 E 13th St, New York
8. Cherry Izakaya138 N 8th St, Brooklyn
9. Crif Dogs113 Saint Marks Pl, New York
NYC's seen its fair share of single-item centric bars and restos but none captures the zeitgeist more than BarBacon. An ode to everything pork, you'd be remiss to go to this Hell's Kitchen spot and not try a bacon flight, a riff on the omnipresent beer sampler showcasing a selection of four artisanal cured variations on the fatty treat, or at least the bacon guac. Non-bacon options (aka a beer and wine list) are also spot on.
This New York institution (opened in 1887) is specifically known for its old-school, impeccable waitstaff and its sizzling, perfectly cooked, buttery porterhouse. The wine list sticks to a strict but to-the-point number of options that pair perfectly with the dishes, and the lunchtime hamburger -- a mix of ground chuck and trimmings from the aged steaks -- is simply something you can't get anywhere else.
This Williamsburg joint serves up maple bacon hunks served by the handful, in addition to sandos like slow braised pork shoulder w/ cheddar sauce & pickled peppers.
Part of the Whiskey Town family, Whiskey Tavern is a hideaway saloon in Chinatown dedicated to bourbon, rye, and Scotch. From the family of bars responsible for pioneering picklebacks, it's also home to the signature Spicyback, a whiskey shot chased with pepper-infused pickle juice. The food menu is loaded with all the usual bar bite suspects -- think tater tots with bacon and cheese sauce, fried pickles, and saucy wings.
From a duo that spent many years bartending, cooking, and consulting in the restaurant business, The Wayland is a live-music cocktail bar in the heart of Alphabet City that aces the neighborhood watering hole game. Connected to the bar is a kitchen that specializes in small plates like raw (or fried) oysters, pork belly BLTs, and fried mashed potatoes. The cocktails reflect a DIY approach, with hours of prep work just to produce house-made radish, spiced apple, and key lime-flavored bitters.
The New York outpost of Danny Bowien's buzzy Chinese restaurant had a shaky start in the city -- after opening on Orchard Street in 2012, the restaurant closed down due to landlord issues and relocated to East Broadway. The Lower East Side spot is a destination for trendy and original Chinese food, far different from what you'll find at the family-owned banquet halls in Chinatown. Some dishes are spicy Szechuan, but for the most part, the menu draws from all over China and just about everywhere else (there's pizza on the menu). Make sure you get the fried rice, it's unbelievable.
The Redhead cheerfully combines a cozy atmosphere with indulgent Southern fare (fried chicken, shrimp and grits) and a wide range of classic and original cocktails. Follow your meal with some of The Redhead's bacon peanut brittles, and then follow The Redhead's bacon peanut brittles with a nap.
Cherry Izakaya is a dual-level contemporary Japanese eatery near the Bedford L stop in Williamsburg with tempting eats like Suntory-glazed short ribs, chorizo-stuffed calamari, and traditional and unusual sushi dishes.
Crif Dogs is to hot dogs like Katz's is to pastrami and Russ & Daughters is to lox. The house-made dogs come in a variety of styles -- go big with one of the bacon-wrapped dogs, like the Tsunami, which comes with a healthy dosage of teriyaki, pineapple, and green onions, or keep it simple with the deep-fried corn dog (made with a super secret batter, of course). Crif Dogs' original location, in the heart of Alphabet City, is home to the phone booth entrance that leads to one of the city's most iconic speakeasies, PDT.