Smoked sablefish sandwich at Roberta's
Biscuit egg sandwich at Fort Defiance
Breakfast sandwich at Mile End
Chicken and egg sandwich at Northern Spy
Breakfast sandwich at Smith Canteen
A silky hunk of rich sablefish, lightly smoked for an hour over alder wood, is the star of this morning treat. Toasted halves of a house-made English muffin cradle the opalescent slab, along with paper-thin slices of crisp cucumber and a slick of aioli zipped up with Meyer lemon juice and zest. $15.
In this breakfast classic, tender flaky biscuits laced with aged cheddar hug rosy slips of Pino’s Prime Meats ham and a runny fried organic egg from Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative. Sweet-and-spicy homemade jalapeño jam cuts through the salt and richness, bringing this Southern comfort sammie over the top. $7.
Bacon might not be a traditional Jewish deli ingredient (to say the least), but co-owners Noah and Rae Bernamoff, who grew up eating the stuff, deploy a damn fine version for this morning munchie. Berkshire pork belly, cured in-house with brown sugar and coriander, is smoked for six hours and divided into thick, salty slabs. The meat joins pungent aged Quebec cheddar and a crisp fried egg between slices of caraway-spiced rye sourdough—a bold, tasty counterpoint to the city’s ubiquitous egg-on-a-roll variants. $9.
Chomp into this locavore brunch favorite—made with chicken thighs and eggs from Lancaster, Pennsylvania—and marvel as the gorgeous yolks gush into a powdery Orwasher’s roll. The juicy dark meat is offset by a zippy chimichurri sauce—an enlivening mix of fresh parsley, spicy chili flakes and bright white wine. $12.
At Kerry Diamond and Robert Newton’s sunny Brooklyn café, a buttery everything croissant—inspired by the better-known bagel studded with salt, sesame, mustard and poppy seeds; and garlic—is stuffed with fluffy scrambled eggs. The pair piles on the richness with oozing New York cheddar and sweet slices of mildly smoked Berkshire ham. $6.