The short answer is it’s the sandwich which geets New Yorkers moving in the morning and fuels whatever work they undertake.
The crucial fact about the breakfast sandwich is each New Yorker has his or her own special formulation of what makes THE BEST NYC one and do not even think about arguing the point because their recipe is holy writ.
The must have ingredients are eggs and cheese in bread and then people add or do not add, depending on taste, breakfast meats, which might include any of bacon, ham, sausage or anything really.
Eggs can be fried or scrambled, over easy or a bit firmer and some skinny types have egg whites only in their sandwiuch.
The cheese these days can be everything from the yellow kind that melts to any kind you like including feta, though one of the smelly varieties might be a bit much.
The bread can be a bagle, a brioche, rye toast or anything you like as long a it holds all the ingredients in place and haxs the right texture for the eater.
It’s foolish to recommend ‘the best’ because tastes are so individual and the real question is what is the ingredient list in any cafe who offers them.
Everyone in NYC has their own favorite cafe(s) and the one that produces their own special breakfast sandwich This delightful video shows how central a local cafe is to each New Yorker and the Southern Coffee cafe shown in the video is now at 652 Sixth Ave, at 19th, Greenwood Heights. It has the reputation of offering wholly delicious breakfast sandwiches.
A tip for visitors to NYC. If you want to try a breakfast sandwich, choose your cafe, then careully assess the ingrediants list and before you step up to the counter, choose what youw ant in it and then and only then step up and palce an order. If you get to the counter and thens top and think you will be mown down by hungry New Yorkers in the blink of an eye.