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You can get egg and cheese on a roll at any neighborhood deli, but few offer egg-and-cheese sandwiches on homemade cheddar and chive scones. Bacon lovers can choose bacon, chedder and chive scones or even add bacon to their sandwich, at extra cost. Just one of the Treats Truck Stop’s breakfast offerings, this sandwich is available all day long for those who don’t rise until mid-afternoon.
- $2.50 to-Go
Despite New York’s large Latino population, it’s incredibly hard to find great versions of horchata, a milky Latin-American drink often made with rice, sesame seeds or almond. Most places reconstitute a popular powder that leaves you with thin, white water. But La Cabana Salvadorena turns out homemade batches of the tawny-colored drink, using imported morro seeds, sesame seeds, rice, milk and sugar before spicing it up with cinnamon and vanilla.
La Cabana Salvadorena
4384 Broadway at W. 187th St. (map)
New York, NY 10040
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Long before Bedford Avenue filled its storefronts with hip restaurants and boutiques, there was Oasis atop the North 7th L station. Its glowing lights have welcomed students, suits, and drunks at all hours of the day, most popping in for a $3 falafel sandwich. In a matter of minutes, you’re handed an overstuffed pita, filled to the brim with lettuce, red cabbage, pickles and freshly fried falafels. The Palestinian-style balls aren’t overly spiced, so be sure to ask for hot sauce if you like a little heat.
161 N. 7th St. at Bedford Ave. (map)
Brooklyn, NY 11211
The Dominican community’s influence is evident at every turn in Washington Heights and Inwood, but locals know that the best version of the Dominican street-food burger, the chimi, is at Chimichury El Malecon’s truck. El Malecon’s massive sandwiches are stuffed with freshly ground beef—the precise blend is the well-kept secret of owner Manuel Cruz—as well as cabbage, tomato, onion and generous slathers of ketchup and mayo.
Beneath the rumbling of the 7 train lies one of the city’s best Mexican sandwich makers. Tortas Neza’s extensive menu is filled with delicious, overflowing tortas, but one of the highlights is the Torta Chivas—a.k.a. “the best breakfast sandwich ever.” It’s a towering stack of three eggs, chorizo, avocado, lettuce and tomato, topped with mild Oaxacan cheese, sandwiched in a fluffy white roll and finished off with a quick toasting on the grill.
Canal Street is home to more than bad fake designer bags; it also has one of the only food carts in the city that will fry its entire menu on the spot. The menu ranges from fish balls to octopus—all ready to be eaten on a stick. One thing is perfect for the less adventurous: excellently fried chicken. Crunch your way thought the drumstick’s crispy shell, and you’ll be rewarded with juicy, moist chicken meat. It’s the perfect meal on the go.
One foot inside the unassuming Taqueria LES, and you know they mean business about Southern Californian food. You won’t find battered, overwhelming fish tacos here, just simple, fresh, pan-fried tilapia topped with cabbage slaw and salsa on 6″ tortillas. It’s perfect for a mid-afternoon snack or a mix-and-match taco meal. Eating in also offers the bonus of complimentary homemade chips and salsa.
Some days a lazy weekend brunch is perfect, but on days I need to be up and at ‘em, a slice of Cookie Road’s egg frittata is exactly what I want. Fluffy, yellow eggs are baked together with young spring peas, chunks of asparagus and sliced shallots on a tender potato crust. The ample slice is enough to get me through any hectic morning without needing a second breakfast.
When Eastern District opened in the fall of 2010, they brought delicious artisanal cheese and meat to Greenpoint while offering cheap sandwiches made with supremely high quality ingredients. All of the sandwiches are $7 or $8, but it’s the Prosciutto & Ricotta you’ll want to check out. The salty, meaty and well-marbled La Quercia prosciutto comes from Iowa and is considered some of the world’s best. Topped with tangy, fresh Salvatore Bklyn ricotta and sweet sun-dried tomatoes, it’s the perfect sandwich for a picnic in the park.
At Peter Pan, the star of the show for me isn’t the famous red velvet doughnut, but a few trays to the left: the toasted coconut. A perfectly fluffy yeast doughnut lightly glazed and generously sprinkled with pieces of nutty, toasted coconut shavings. Sweet, messy, and unpretentious, it’s everything a doughnut should be. Try to stop by before noon, when the kitchen is still turning out fresh trays.
Offering tasty, fresh tacos for under $4, Dos Toros brought a little slice of Bay Area Mexican food to Union Square. The carnitas (pork) are seared and slow cooked, leaving them juicy and flavorful, with the right amount of salty kick before being wrapped in corn tortilla along with toppings of your choice. The meat is purposefully left mild, so feel free to be adventurous with Dos Toros’ tangy homemade sauces.
11 Carmine St. at Bleeker St. (Map)
New York, NY 10014