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An Ode to New York - The Classic Bacon Egg and Cheese
June 17, 2020
By , Food Contributor

When it comes to the classic New York City bacon, egg and cheese on a bagel, I agree with Pete Wells: the power’s in the pervasiveness. 

For the New Yorker, the power of a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich is definitely its ubiquity. It’s a breakfast you can pick up on almost any street corner that binds every one of us together — from the newly arrived young professionals briskly making their way through the crowded streets to the seasoned commuters riding waves of people in the subway. I can’t wait for those times to return.

With New York City the epicenter of the global COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve caught myself missing the meandering walks I took each morning — bacon, egg and cheese on a bagel in hand — from the 86th street subway station on Lexington Avenue to school. The shortest route was only three city blocks, but most days the need to just take in New York City for one more minute led me to wander off course for a few blocks. Before I knew it, I found myself lying down on the Central Park green in the early morning, the back of the Met just visible. As I irreverently gobbled my favorite breakfast sandwich, that classic more-than-partly-cloudy New York City weather always reminded me that this city is where I belong.

There’s power to the memories that all New Yorkers share with the sight, smell and taste of a bacon, egg and cheese on a warm, fluffy, slightly chewy bagel. While most of us remain at home, I thought I’d travel gastronomically to the city and back by recreating this New York City classic we all know and love.

In my own recipe, I added some extra ingredients and techniques to refine the classic sandwich and make it even better. Beyond the normal deliciousness that is a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich, chives add a slight onion flavor that complements the sharp cheddar perfectly. Cream cheese adds just the right amount of richness and depth to a wonderfully custardy scrambled egg. Toasting the bagel in bacon fat adds extra bacon flavor — and who doesn’t like more bacon in each bite? Certainly, if you want to make a simple, more classic bacon, egg and cheese, that’s totally admirable. I know I have — sometimes there’s really nothing that can beat it. Still, all in all, the adjustments only add to the classic sandwich.

After testing this recipe, when I bit into the sandwich, it brought me back to the many bagels I ate walking through the concrete jungle each morning. The streets of New York City that we know so well may not be hustling and bustling like they used to — at least temporarily — but a bacon, egg and cheese can help us travel there and make us nostalgic until we can be back again.



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