Have Dinner at La Pecora Bianca, A Rustic Italian Farmhouse in the Heart of NoMad


Photo: Brian Park 

Restauranteur Mark Barak gives his Provençal restaurant Claudette an Italian cousin with the opening of La Pecora Bianca in NoMad this week. Translating to “the white sheep” in Italian, the restaurant serves a casual but classic Italian menu that focuses on light, seasonal cooking made with local ingredients, most of which are sourced from the Hudson Valley. The space, located in the historic St. James building on Broadway, is reminiscent of an Italian farmhouse. The 85-seat dining room features a mix of wood and marble-top tables, mossy green chairs, and wooden floors. A marble wine bar and staircase, plus hand-painted wall tiles, add to the rustic, homey vibe.

Chef Simone Bonelli’s menu emphasizes pasta and vegetable dishes that suit well for summer dining. Antipasti plates include a gazpacho with beets, red peppers, watermelon and strawberries, and Long Island fluke crudo. The selection of housemade pastas features sheep’s milk ricotta cavatelli with blue crab, summer squash, mint and breadcrumbs, and durum trenetti with clams, chorizo and tomatoes. The wine list is strictly Italian, featuring more than 100 bottles as well as wines by the glass and carafe. Cocktail wise, there’s a wide selection of Italian aperitivos, Negronis, and prosecco-based drinks.

The restaurant is currently open for dinner from 5 PM to midnight, and will start breakfast, lunch, and all-day service soon.


Do the Rockaways Like a Local This Weekend: The MP Shift’s Guide to Rockaway Beach


Rockaway Beach becomes more of a surf and sand destination with each day this New York City heat wave brings. If you’ve ever wondered, as we have, who’s responsible for making the bungalow enclave so buzzworthy, look no further than The MP Shift, a New York-based concept, design, and branding studio co-founded by Amy Morris and Anna Polonsky. Morris and Polonsky conceptualized two big names in the Rockaway roster this summer: The Summer Shift, a Latin-infused pop up, and most recently, The Palms, a tropical-themed outdoor venue that opened this past weekend. Amy and Anna know the Rockaways better than any Manhattanite who tries to write about it, so we caught up with them to get their picks for where to eat, drink, and hang in Rockaway Beach. Here’s their local guide.


La Newyorkina Mexican Ice & Sweets

“Fany Gerson gives new meaning to popsicles with her Mexican version, the paleta. Our favorite is a Cucumber Lime.”

Whit’s End

“Known mostly for brick-oven pizza, but what most people don’t know is that there’s always a clipboard of specials with some of the best seafood and vegetable dishes around. You can’t go wrong! Whit is also opening a new place on the bay in mid-August. The menu will change daily, we can’t wait to try it.”

Chicks To Go

“Every Sunday night we stop here for a rotisserie chicken for the week or pick up some chaufa, delicious shredded chicken and rice. This gals also owns La Cevicheria on the boardwalk and it’s the best you’ll have anywhere.”

La Fruteria

“This is the best way to start a day in the Rockaways. Between 7 and 9:30 AM it’s mellow and local—the boardwalk is quiet and the food is fresh. From smoothies to an egg sandwich with Halloumi cheese, La Fruteria will make sure you’re satisfied.”


Plus, don’t forget to check out Amy and Anna’s own concepts…

The Palms Rockaway

“A space unlike any other in New York, it’ll transport you to a tropical holiday. The dinner series allows you to enjoy a full evening with chefs cooking on the grill. Daily treats from O Cafe’s Coco Shack will also be available for anyone wanting to enjoy an afternoon under the palms.”

The Summer Shift

The former Rockaway Taco is on holiday, returning next year. In its space is a Latin infused pop-up, designed and programmed by us, where some of the top chefs from across the city will be cooking daily. Camille Becerra (of Navy) is currently cooking up fish tacos and avocado tostadas till August 11th.”


 For more places to eat and drink in New York right now, check out the BlackBook City Guides. 

The Best of Midtown Manhattan: Where to Eat Near Bryant Park


Photo: John Gillespie

Bryant Park is something of an oasis in Manhattan—the New York Public Library and wide open space (when not occupied by an ice skating rink) offer a respite from the hustle and bustle of midtown. That the park is dangerously close to Times Square means that most of its surrounding food options are counter-serve chains, ranging from Starbucks and Panera to Le Pain Quotidien and Pret A Manger. There’s no shortage of sandwiches and salads, but what if you’re looking for food that’s more than just fuel? Here’s our pick of restaurants near Bryant Park, from one-of-a-kind sandwicheries to authentic Asian eats and a taste of old New York.

Cafe Zaiya

1073 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY

Located on the second floor of the bookstore Kinokuniya, Cafe Zaiya is more of a Japanese bakery than anything else. Though cream puffs and flaky, donut-like pastries are the speciality, the café, which has a nearby location close to Grand Central, is a go-to for lunch with savory options like premade bento boxes and onigiri, seaweed-wrapped rice balls.

Good for: To-go Japanese lunch

What to get: One of the bento boxes, a to-go lunchbox with any combination of fish, meat, rice, and vegetables.


Photo: Bento box at Cafe Zaiya (credit: Stu Spivack)

Untamed Sandwiches

43 W 39th St, New York, NY

If you’re a sandwich eater, you can thank Untamed Sandwiches for saving you from the banality of fast-casual lunch chains. Since opening its doors in January 2015, this specialist of slow-braised meat has been drawing armies of desk job folk during peak lunch hours for sandwiches, hearty and creative in both name and ingredients. The wood-lined space is casual and small with less than 20 stools, split between a communal table and window seating. It’s open for breakfast as well as lunch and dinner, so you might as well stop by on a hungover Friday morning for an egg sandwich.

Good for: Workday lunch, to sit or to go

What to get: The Hot Goldie, beef short-rib, red onion, sweet and sour cabbage, black pepper aioli on ciabatta roll

Keen’s Steakhouse

72 W 36th St, New York, NY

Of all the New York steakhouses dotted around Midtown Manhattan, Keen’s is the one to try for a taste of old New York. It’s been around since 1885, and everything about the place resembles a traditional dinner club, from the white tablecloths and wood-paneled walls to its mutton chops and creamed spinach specialities.

Good for: A classy steak dinner

What to get: Go surf and turf with an order of oysters and the legendary mutton chop.


Photo: Keen’s Steakhouse (credit: Edsel Little)


141 W 41st St, New York, NY

If you’re craving Japanese and have time to sit and stay a while, consider Ootoya, an outpost of a Tokyo izakaya chain. The menu features the Japanese equivalent of comfort food, specializing in set menus consisting of a main dish like breaded and deep-fried pork or chicken, served with miso soup, rice, pickled vegetables, and egg custard. There’s sushi, soba, udon and more, making it a one-stop shop for a well-priced and satisfying Japanese meal.

Good for: Reasonably-priced sit-down lunch or dinner

What to get: Tonkatsu teishoku (set meal with breaded pork loin) or homemade soba

Szechuan Gourmet

The name might be ordinary, the outdoor facade drab, and the interior basic, but Szechuan Gourmet on 39th Street is one of New York’s most authentic spots for spicy cuisine. You don’t come here for General Tso’s chicken (though it is on the menu and very good), but for fiery Szechuan specialities.

21 W 39th St, New York, NY

Good for: A casual sit-down for hot and spicy authentic Chinese

What to get: The tea-smoked duck, sliced pork belly with chili leeks, and ma po tofu with chili-minced pork.

Need Another Reason to Go to Rockaway Beach This Summer? Welcome to The Palms


Photo: The Palms

Get on the A train any given weekend in the summer and you’ll find the subway cars as crowded as they are during the weekday commute. Except instead of toting briefcases and backpacks, people are geared up with bikes, surfboards, and beach umbrellas. Their destination is Rockaway Beach, the chillest summer hang spot in New York. Post-Hurricane Sandy, Rockaway has rebuilt itself in a way that’s revitalized the old and welcomed the new. It’s a bonafide creative community and a food destination boasting pilgrimage-worthy tacos, pizza, and snack bar eats.

This weekend, Rockaway gets even cooler with the opening of The Palms, a 5,000 square foot event space from Rockaway Taco co-founder David Selig and The MP Shift, a design and branding studio. Located across the street from The Summer Shift, the “tropical town square” will host events from Topless Art Gallery, yoga classes, movie showings chosen by Greta Gerwig, and guest-chef dinners. Fashion boutiques Feather — a bohemian chic sustainability-driven store — and The Notion, a swimwear shop, will also be on site, as will an outpost of O Café, featuring all things coconut from chef Fernando Aciar. The guest dinners start this weekend with a 5-course menu from Camille Becerra of Navy (including a dessert from Morgenstern’s) — tonight is sold out, but tickets for Saturday are still available here.

No matter when you stop by this summer, The Palms is sure to be a bustling hub of activity with something new popping up every day.

By Chloe, the West Village Lunch Spot With a Vegan Burger That Carnivores Will Love


Photo: by Chloe 

As far as what’s cool in food right now, plant-based eating is pretty much the zeitgeist (when not eclipsed by the next big fried chicken sandwich). Everyone from Beyoncé to Mark Bittman has preached the benefits of eating a mostly vegan, heavily kale-infused diet. One of the main takeaways of veganism-of-the-now is that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. For every steadfast vegan out there, there’s a healthful eater who would do anything for a cheeseburger but has a sensibility for seitan. Just as often as carnivores are embracing plant-based meals, traditional chefs are creating their own meat-less imitations of American classics. Take Van Leewuen, the artisan ice cream makers who got their start scooping their signature milk and cream specialties from their yellow trucks and now serve a vegan ice cream in their seven stores that has the New York Times drooling.

Then of course, there are chefs who’ve always been dedicated to the vegan cause. With the demand for healthy food on the rise, such chefs have more of an opportunity than ever to bring their inventive dishes to the masses. The latest to do so is Chloe Coscarelli, a vegan chef who made a name for herself as the winner of Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars,” back when cupcakes were the coolest thing since sliced bread. Along with Samantha Wasser of ESquared Hospitality, the 27-year old, who counts cookbook author and social media star on her resume, started by Chloe, a hip fast-casual vegan restaurant on the corner of Bleecker and MacDougal in the West Village, open today.

Located on the outskirts of NYU’s campus, by Chloe has a casual vibe targeted at the young, downtown eater. Think of it as Westville-meets-Organic Avenue-meets-Shake Shack, with a little bit of Van Leeuwen mixed in. The menu has a solid salad selection (including a kale caesar), and hearty main dishes that replace meat with plant, nut and wheat combos, like a vegan burger made with a tempeh, lentil, chia seed and walnut patty or a portabello mushrom-based whiskey BBQ. Non-dairy wise, there’s a heartwarming mac n’ cheese and truly mouthwatering ice cream sandwiches in flavors like roasted banana bourbon and coffee chip. We can only hope that she introduces vegan fried chicken down the line.


LaGuardia to Become Bearable, But as Luxurious as JFK? Dream Big.


Photo – Tim Rodenberg

It’s a universal truth held among New Yorkers that LaGuardia Airport is the armpit of the tri-state area, if not of the entire country. It lacks the ease of transportation that make JFK and Newark bearable, and once you arrive, it’s a total eyesore — both inside and out. The cramped terminals reek of Sbarro and body odor, and are more often that not packed beyond a legal, fire safety, capacity. Last year, the lackluster facilities came under national scrutiny when Vice President Joe Biden compared the airport to “some third world country.” Biden came fashionably late to the LaGuardia-shaming party, but we’re not complaining because he and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that the airport will be getting a $4 billion revamp. Scheduled to open in 2021, the new airport will unite the current four separate terminals under one roof, and make them easily accessible by public transportation. The improvements are also expected to make the airport easier to get to — good news for anyone who’s tried to figure out the Queens bus routes.

Hopefully, LaGuardia will become the better-than-average gateway to the world it’s destined to be, but it still can’t keep up with JFK, which is slowly becoming a luxury amusement park in the heart of Queens. Last week brought news that JFK is bringing Neopets to life with a luxury animal terminal. Set to open next year, the terminal, named ARK after, you guessed it — Noah’s Ark — will feature sleek quarantine facilities for every animal imaginable, including an aviary, a private penguin-mating space, a dog resort, and hay-lined stalls for horses and cattle. In non-animal related improvements, the JetBlue terminal recently opened its version of the High Line, a 4,000-foot outdoor terrace open to passengers and their pets. So just as LaGuardia becomes a first-world facility, JFK is one-step ahead.

We Know Where You Should Celebrate National Hot Dog Day


Photo: Flickr Creative Commons

Another day of the week, another food holiday. Today is National Hot Dog Day, whoop whoop. To paraphrase Anthony Bourdain, there’s nothing better than “meat in tube form,” so plan the rest of your eating today around the most processed food sold on the street: le hot dog. Here’s where to find the best hot dogs in NYC today.

If you’re more of a silent observer and would rather get the best hamburger in New York, check out where to go here. And find out more places to eat and drink right now in the BlackBook City Guides.

Shake Shack

Madison Square Park, E. 23rd St. and Madison Ave. (more locations here)

Danny Meyer might be famous for that secret sauce ShackBurger but the New York-based burger joint started as a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park 14 years ago. The menu expanded, the franchise grew, and the hamburger may have eclipsed the hot dog as the fast casual’s signature dish, but today you should definitely head to your closest Shake Shack and get a split and griddle-crisp beef dog.

What to get: Shack-cago Dog topped with relish, onion, cucumber, pickle, tomato, pepper, celery salt and mustard. With a side of fries, of course.

Swanky Dog

184 8th Ave between 19th and 20th Sts. 

Maybe it’s something about the Fourth of July and barbecues, but summer is the season for hot dogs. With that in mind, Donatella Arpaia and Pasquale Cozzolino opened Swanky Dog, a pop up hot dog shop hidden behind their Chelsea pizzeria Prova in late June. Open for the summer season only, the speakeasy parlor is accessible through the back of Prova from 5 to 11 PM, and if you’re gunning for a late-night bite, you’ll have to find the unmarked entrance after midnight. The dogs are custom blended and there’s a burger option and hand-cut fries.

What to get: The Fiesta Dog, a hot beef and jalapeno blended frankfurter with chipotle sauce, American cheese, onion, and roasted pepper relish. And don’t forget the Cannoli Dog to satisfy your sweet tooth.


Photo: Swanky Dog, Cannoli Dogs

Crif Dogs

113 Saint Marks Place between 1st Ave. and Ave. A; 555 Driggs Ave. at N. 7th St.

Crif Dogs is kind of an NYC institution. Though the East Village and Williamsburg locations are perfectly situated for late-night eats, you might enjoy the far-from-basic dogs at a sober hour. This is where you go you to induce a heart attack while eating the most creative and caloric tubed meat combos in the city.

What to get: Of the bacon-wrapped options, we suggest the BLT, topped with lettuce, tomato, and mayo. Other standouts include the Philly Tubesteak (a Philly cheesesteak in hot dog form) and the Morning Jersey, a Taylor ham-wrapped dog with melted cheese and a fried egg.


Photo: Crif Dogs, bacon-wrapped dog (credit: Alexis Lamster)

Gray’s Papaya

2090 Broadway at 72nd St.

This wouldn’t be a legitimate “best hot dog in New York” list without a shout out to the OG hot doggery, Gray’s Papaya. Open 24 hours on the Upper West Side, and not to be confused with like-minded competitors Papaya King and Papaya Dog, Gray’s Papaya is where you go for plain, simple and high-quality frankfurters. It’s been featured in many a movie and TV show, like You’ve Got Mail and Sex and the City.

What to get: The Recession Special, two dogs and a 14-ounce drink for $4.95.

Bark Hot Dogs

155 Bleeker St. at Thompson St.; 474 Bergen St. near Flatbush Ave. 

Bark is the closest thing to a fancy hot dog restaurant in the city. Frankfurter classics are served slightly upscale in two subway-tiled outposts — one in Park Slope and one in Greenwich Village. Their menu caters to the food trends of the moment with a kale salad and Brussels sprouts side dish.

What to get: The Bacon-Cheddar dog with pickled red onions, the Chili-Cheese dog, and a side of onion rings.

Meet El Cortez and Okiway: Two New Restaurants Making Bushwick Cooler Than Ever


Photo: El Cortez (credit: Daniel Krieger)

Bushwick’s ascent from gritty, cheap rent paradise for broke creative types to gentrified, epicurean locale for the yopro generation is nearly complete with two new restaurants that opened this month: El Cortez and Okiway. El Cortez is the brainchild of Stephen Tanner, who brought fancy fried food to Williamsburg as the founder of Commodore, co-founder of Pies-N-Thighs, and former chef at Diner and egg. The guy knows bar food and with his new Bushwick venture, he’s ditching southern comfort fare for Tex-Mex. Okiway, meanwhile, is a niche Japanese eatery that stems from the izakaya craze sweeping New York. The self-proclaimed “Japanese bistro” comes from two unlikely candidates, longhaired Frenchman Vincent Minchelli and his partner Amanda Jenkins, two restaurant novices who are hairdressers by profession. Though their menus are different, El Cortez and Okiway will presumably attract the same crowd of sophisticated hipsters who want good food and quality drinks at the same time. Here’s what to expect from both restaurants.

El Cortez

17 Ingraham St., Bushwick

FoodThe menu, crafted by Tanner and his co-chefs Dennis Spina (Roebling Tea Room, River Styx) and Yvon de Tassigny (Saint Anslem), succeeds in delivering Tex-Mex specialities that don’t take themselves too seriously. Get the taco salad, nachos, chips and queso, and the deep-fried wonder that is the chimichanga. For the true American Mexican food experience, order the “All American Taco Night,” a plate of beef tacos topped with classic ingredients like iceberg lettuce, canned black olives and sour cream.

DrinkThe cocktails are strong and festive, like the rum-based Zombie served in a totem pole glass and the sweet rum-and-coconut Commodore, served with a cherry on top and a pineapple garnish.

AmbienceThis place is the definition of eccentric. Its outdoor white facade, wood paneling and totem pole resemble the entrance of a New Age church where’d you expect to find peyote. There’s not much that would suggest the “Mexican tiki” theme until you walk inside, where the retro bi-level space includes a mural of a Mayan temple and a separate alcove with palm leaf wallpaper. There’s a bar on each floor — the DJ and subsequent dance party can be found upstairs — and a patio for the summer nights.


Photo: El Cortez, nachos (credit: Daniel Krieger)


1600 Flushing Ave., Bushwick

FoodThe specialty here is okonomiyaki, a savoury grilled pancake dish whose origins trace back to Osaka and Hiroshima. The menu includes both traditional and fusion takes on the plate, like the Osaka-style, a porkbelly pancake topped with Japanese kewpie mayonnaise, and the Hiroshima-style topped with crispy ramen noodles. There’s also a Mexican version with chorizo, crema, chipotle, avocado and cilantro, and a BBQ pulled-pork one. Small plates like fried shrimp with sriracha and wasabi guacamole are solid complements to the main event.

DrinkThere are Japanese beers and plenty of sake, but we suggest the wasabi beer.

AmbienceThe small, 40-seat space is colorful but minimalist and includes a 12-seat counter to watch the kitchen action. Skateboards with anime-like designs hang on the wall, Japanese action figures are displayed over the window, and paper lanterns announce the Japanese cuisine.


Photo: Okiway, okonomiyaki

For more places to eat and drink in New York right now, check out the BlackBook City Guides.


The Breakfast Guide to New York City: Where to Get the Best Bagels, Blueberry Pancakes, and BECs


Photo: Baz Bagel

Going out to breakfast, on the weekend and especially during the week, is one of the small pleasures in life. Be it a solo plate of pancakes at a diner counter, a power meeting over eggs Benedict, or a grab-and-go smoothie, an outsourced morning meal is almost scientifically proven to jump start your day better than a bowl of (empty carb) cereal can. Plus, if you’re a denizen of New York City, the options for how to break a nighttime fast or cure a weekend hangover are endless, and eating at home is a missed opportunity for your palate. Here’s our master guide of where to get the best breakfast in New York — we’ve got the spot for a traditional Japanese breakfast, the best acai bowl below 14th Street, and the most mouthwatering bagel and lox combos.

For more places to eat and drink right now in New York, check out the BlackBook City Guides.

The Bagel Breakfast

Baz Bagel & Restaurant, 181 Grand St. between Mulberry and Baxter

The bagel landscape of New York City is a crowded one filled with opinionated glutenoids. A good bagel — crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside — is hard to forget and makes all subsequent bagels pale in comparison. A true New York bagel connoisseur will leave the confines of his or her neighborhood in search of the perfect boiled-then-baked carb, so instead of heading to your corner deli next weekend, go to Baz Bagel on the the border of Little Italy and Chinatown. The pink and palm tree-walled retro space specializes in hand-rolled bagels and Jewish comfort fare, so although there are egg sandwiches, expect smoked fish over bacon.

What to get: The Baz, nova scallion cream cheese, tomato and onion on a pumpernickel everything bagel, or the lower-carb SuperNova — nova, vegetable cream cheese, tomato and cucumber on a whole wheat everything flagel.


Photo: Baz Bagel, The Baz

The Pancake Breakfast

Clinton St. Baking Company, 4 Clinton St. between East Houston and Stanton

Sure, you can go to any old diner for a pancake breakfast, but in a city where there’s a specialist for everything from chai tea to arepas, you’d be foolish to satisfy your pancake craving somewhere other than Clinton St. Baking Company. This Lower East Side all-day breakfastery has been a neighborhood staple since 2001, but it wasn’t until every restaurant critic from New York Magazine to Lonely Planet voted its pancakes the best in the city that crowds started lining up for blueberry hotcakes. Your best bet is to go on a weekday, but if you’re set on Sunday morning, stop by early to put your name down and prepare to linger for two hours — they don’t take reservations and you have to show up in person to get a spot on the waiting list.

What to get: Blueberry or banana walnut pancakes with homemade warm maple butter


Photo: Clinton St. Baking Company, Blueberry Pancakes

The Power Breakfast

The NoMad Hotel, 1170 Broadway at 28th St.  

New York restaurant history points to the Loews Regency Hotel as the birthplace of the power breakfast, where suited-up moguls eat eggs and toast at prices marked up well beyond what should be legal for a farm table breakfast. As the who’s of who of the city has moved downtown, so has the power breakfast. Enter the NoMad Hotel, whose proximity to the digital agencies of Park Avenue South and Flatiron tech companies makes its grand atrium a go-to for those who prefer to conduct their business at the top of morning.

What to get: Smoked salmon toast, eggs Benedict with crab and tarragon, egg sandwich with duck sausage and cheddar


Photo: The NoMad Hotel

The Japanese Breakfast

Okonomi150 Ainslie St. at Lorimer St. 

One might find it ironic that in a city where there’s more than one Chinatown and a crowded one-street Koreatown, there isn’t so much as a Japantown. Not so. Nevermind the East Village side streets that constitute something of a Little Tokyo, the whole city is itself a jackpot of Japanese food — from ramen shops and omakase sushi to izakayas and sake bars. The latest cool kid is Okonomi, a Williamsburg Japanese that operates as a ramen shop at night and a breakfast specialist during the day.

What to get: Ichiju-sansai, the set breakfast, includes miso soup, rice, pickled vegetables, a choice of fish, and an onsen egg

The Breakfast Bowl

Dimes, 49 Canal St. between Orchard and Ludlow

We’re in something of a “bowl phase,” defined by a one-dish meal whose ingredients vary but include anything from a grain like oatmeal or quinoa; dried fruits, nuts and seeds; bananas and berries; nut butters and granola; and mysterious superfoods like acai, pitaya, and spirulina. You’ve seen them photogenically filtered on Instagram and you can easily make one at home, but having one served to you at Dimes, the minimalist Lower East Side hotspot for the hip and healthy, is ten times better than foraging for the primary ingredients at Whole Foods.

What to get: Mango pitaya bowl: raspberries, banana, mango, atop pitaya (dragonfruit) with coconut, sunflower seeds, and mint


Photo: Dimes, Mango Pitaya Bowl

The Grab-and-Go

Liquiteria, 170 Second Ave. at 11th St. (and more locations)

Liquiteria was a pioneer in the cold-pressed juice scene when it opened its flagship East Village location many moons ago, and it’s hard to walk around Union Square without spotting a spandex-clad New Yorker sipping one of their healthy, superfood-packed drinks. Their smoothies are just as much a signature as their juices and aren’t easily replicated at home thanks to ingredients like coconut sugar, spirulina, and vegan protein.

What to get: The creamy peanut butter-banana-almond milk Bulldozer or the coconut and berry medley Blue Velvet. Perhaps the best thing on the menu is the peanut butter acai bowl, the closest thing to ice cream for breakfast.


Photo: Liquiteria, Peanut Butter Acai Bowl

The Bacon, Egg and Cheese

BEC, 148 8th Ave. at 17th St

Most New Yorkers get their bacon, egg and cheese fix at one of two places: the coffee cart outside their office building or the bodega by their apartment. A good BEC is cheap and greasy, served on a toasted bagel and wrapped in foil. There’s a new player in town though — an all-day Chelsea restaurant aptly named BEC that plans to dominate the breakfast sandwich market in New York with high-concept takes on the fast food staple. Aside from the traditional BEC, the menu includes salads for the lightweights and sandwiches like the Italian-esque Godmother, a meaty stack of prosciutto and salami with mozzarella, arugula, and pesto on a Pugliese roll.

What to get: The BEC Classic with smoked bacon and sharp cheddar on toasted brioche