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NYC's 13 Best Breakfast Sandwiches, Mapped

Published On 04/26/2015 Published On 04/26/2015

Trying to find the best breakfast sandwich in NYC is a dicey proposition because, deep down, when we’re honest with ourselves, sometimes we all just want that quick and easy sando from the bodega or deli on the corner. But if you find yourself in unfamiliar environs and in need of a quality bacon-egg-and-cheese, we’ve put together this map of NYC's best breakfast sandwiches so you can find the closest one.

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1 - Untamed Sandwiches

The Sandwich: The Ol’ Grumpy (Pictured)
Soft scrambled eggs, beef chili, pimento cheese -- it’s kind of like the best breakfast Sloppy Joe imaginable.

2 - Brooklyn Bagel

The Sandwich: Bacon, egg, and cheese
You could get creative with one of the cream cheeses of the week, but you don’t need to -- the bagels are huge and fluffy at this not-actually-in-Brooklyn mini-chain (locations in Astoria also), and the classic BEC is done proud with a not-skimpy amount of cheese and crisp bacon.

3 - Maialino

The Sandwich: Porchetta
If you put an egg on the herby roast pork Italian specialty it toooootally counts as breakfast. Just do it, you won’t regret it.

4 - Tompkins Square Bagels

Alphabet City
The Sandwich: The Weezer
They’ve got a ton of incredibly Instagrammable cream cheeses, but the sandwich move here is the Weezer, loaded with bacon, chorizo, egg, cheddar, and any cream cheese (we suggest bacon scallion).

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5 - Sunny and Annie

Alphabet City
The Sandwich: Two eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, cheese, and hash brown on a roll
You don’t have to get all that meat, but if you’re a beast, you do.

6 - Black Seed

The Sandwich: Wood-fired baked egg with Mile End bacon and Shelburne cheddar
You know how you make fun of fancy BECs sometimes? You won’t with the one at this buzzy Montreal bagel slinger.

7 - Egg Shop

The Sandwich: Steak and egg
There are a lot of solid moves at this fancy all-day breakfast spot (the BEC with tomato and pickled jalapeño, the Soft Scrambled Pepper Boy, anything on a biscuit...), but the steak and egg is borderline cheating for a breakfast sandwich -- a French hero loaded with a sunny egg, grass-fed tenderloin, chimi-chili, and greens.

8 - Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop

The Sandwich: Bacon egg & cheese
You’re gonna want a donut, but if you’ve come to cure a hangover, the top-notch BEC comes heaped with tons of bacon, and you can always get a side of donut.

9 - Saltie

The Sandwich: Ships Biscuit (Pictured)
The fluffy-yet-creamy soft scrambled eggs meld perfectly with the soft ricotta, and the whole thing gets lifted above just a plate of good eggs by the substantial herbed focaccia housing it.

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10 - The Bagel Store

The Sandwich: Bacon, egg, and cheese on a Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Bagel (Pictured)
The standards are solid here, but you can also get all sorts of crazy, sporadically available bagel creations like a Cragel (part croissant/part bagel), a Candy Corn Bagel, and a Bacon Egg and Cheese Bagel that you should definitely order filled with bacon, egg and cheese. Def. Initely.

11 - Brucie

Cobble Hill
The Sandwich: Pork belly sandwich
This Court St Italian place brings it on its brunch menu with a pork belly joint topped with a fried egg, vinegar pepper, Sriracha, and yogurt.

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12 - Queens Comfort

The Sandwich: The McRuffin
Is an open faced sandwich even a sandwich? That’s a question for a different article, this one is about how awesome an open-faced fried egg, béchamel, cheddar, and chopped smoked bacon on a massive English muffin is.

13 - Norma's

The Sandwich: The New Yorker (Pictured)
The move at this neighborhood cafe is to grab a New Yorker (egg and cheese) with spicy bacon on one of its excellent homemade biscuits and grab a seat al fresco on the sidewalk.

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Andrew Zimmer is Thrillist’s NYC Editor and can’t start his day without a bacon, egg, and cheese. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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1. Untamed Sandwiches 43 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018 (Midtown West)

This sandwichery is doling out impressive eats, all hilariously named. Try the Butt, or Hot Goldie.

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2. Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company 286 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001 (Chelsea)

The small chain is focused on quality coffee, robust soups, sandwiches, and -- most of all -- your health, which sounds kind of strange considering they're a BAGEL SHOP. But it's also kind of true: they only use unbleached and unbromated flour and offer spelt and gluten-free bagels. Best part, though? None of that ruins the bagels in any way.

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3. Maialino 2 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010 (Gramercy)

Danny Meyer's Roman paean inside the Gramercy Park Hotel, Mai's a cream-walled, wood beamed spot split into a casual front bar and a slightly more formal rear "trattoria" by pastry/bread/coffee stations and a white marble salumi bar.

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4. Tompkins Square Bagels 165 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009 (Alphabet City)

Right by Tompkins Square Park, this Alphabet City bagel shop has a ton of unique homemade cream cheeses (bacon scallion, chocolate chip cookie dough, birthday cake, chipotle avocado, etc). The plump and chewy bagels range in flavor from plain, sesame, and poppy to French toast, pumpkin, and spelt. The line typically goes out the door on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and note: it's cash-only.

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5. Sunny & Annie Deli 94 Ave B, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

With an unending list of quirkily named sandos bolstered by specials scribbled out in marker (the roast beef/sprouts/basil/cilantro/hoisin/Sriracha P.H.O, and The Bush with teriyaki chicken, roasted seaweed, hot peppers, ranch & mozz), this 24/7, Alphabet City, otherwise-unassuming 'wicheria is the perfect late-night stop because, just like you at that point, they "don't give a f***", putting "kimchi on your hash browns" and doing "whatever it takes to get you a sandwich, including deliver on Christmas", something your parents should have done more of if they didn't want to raise the kind of hollow human being who wanders the streets at 5a looking for food.

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6. Black Seed 170 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012 (Nolita)

Black Seed subscribes to the Montreal school of bagel-making, meaning its bagels, which are smaller than the quintessential New York ones, are rolled by hand, boiled in honey water, then baked in a wood-fired oven. Sandwiches made with a variety of smoked fishes and speciality spreads -- like the house-cured beet lox number with horseradish cream cheese -- continuously draw weekend crowds in search of their morning bagel fix.

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7. Egg Shop 151 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012 (Nolita)

This small NoLita shop reimagines the simple egg in a variety of sandwich, meat, and salad combinations, breaking the humble ingredient out of its breakfast-only role. The menu is seriously creative -- with dishes like "The Beast," which pairs sunny side-up eggs with pulled pork, pickled onion, chipotle bourbon ketchup, and cilantro -- and is well-balanced with rich sides like deep-fried hash browns. Though the shop is open all day, we recommend stopping by during daylight hours, when the open-front facade lets you enjoy your sunny side-up in sunny peace.

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8. Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop 727 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

This donut shop in Greenpoint is over 60 years old, having opened its doors in the 1950's. They offer all kinds of pastries, egg sandwiches, and more than 20 varieties of donuts, like French crullers and creme-filled and crumb-topped yeast varieties -- but the signature is the lightly glazed red velvet cake donut, which they start turning out at 4:30am. During the hotter summer days, you can get it split open and get it filled with cherry amaretto ice cream.

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9. Saltie 378 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (Williamsburg)

You can get a sandwich at almost any bodega, but it’s hard to come by complex creations like the ones at Caroline Fidanza's nautical-themed hole-in-the-wall. Saltie's speciality is salt-dusted focaccia sandwiches filled with briny meats and pickled vegetables, but the all-day menu also includes house-made sweets like caraway and pumpkin seed oatmeal cookies and fruit galettes. Sandwich-wise, go for the Balmy, which tastes ethereal in any weather and is filled with a vinegary symphony of chicken liver pate, ham, jalapeños, pickled vegetables, and mayonnaise.

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10. The Bagel Store 349 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (Williamsburg)

Scot Rossillo, the legend behind The Bagel Store in Williamsburg, turns the round-shaped bread obsession into an art form. Using classic old-fashioned techniques and top-notch ingredients, the bagels and cragels that come from his imagination are nothing short of visionary. From the Rainbow Bagel to the German Pumpernickel Beer Bagel, it's clear that no color or ingredient is off-limits.

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11. Brucie 234 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Brucie is where comforting and innovative Italian is being doled out on the reg -- this quaint and colorful Brooklyn establishment offers pasta-making classes, as well as tastings and pairings. However, if you're into letting the pros do their thing, enjoy anything off their simple but absolutely delicious menu.

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12. Queens Comfort 4009 30th Ave, Astoria, NY 11103 (Astoria)

Bacon-jalapeño-potato nuggets and spaghetti squash burgers make up just some of the creative (to say the least) items at this Queens joint that's doling out comfort foods you never knew you liked. All the fatty and fried carbs you know and love are on the menu, but it's the "why didn't I think of that?" touches -- like Sriracha aioli and Cocoa Puffs on donuts -- that pack the two-hour brunch waits. Oh, and the BYOB deal might be a little enticing, too.

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13. Norma's Catalpa Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385 (Queens)

Norma's is a cozy neighborhood cafe serving up locally roasted Kitten Coffee and homemade sandwiches, soups, and baked goods on Forest and Catalpa.



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