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19 Bacon-Loving Restaurants in New York

From the Catskills to Chinatown, fulfill your bacon cravings at one of these eateries across New York State.

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Bacon. Crispy, smoky, meaty, juicy, greasy goodness. Who can resist this porky perfection? Not many New Yorkers, it turns out. Across the great state of New York, bacon obsessives can find tasty creations using bacon at restaurants ranging from fine dining institutions to delis and diners. While the obvious dishes — like New York’s famous bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches and a classic wedge salad — are bacon abundant, there still many more inventive creations to try (bacon, sausage, and cheese risotto perhaps, or how about a maple bacon doughnut?). And your obsession with bacon doesn’t have to just end with your meal. Bacon lovers from across the state can now find a tribute to the miraculous snack (and try winning big) via the New York Lottery’s new Bacon! Scratch-Off Game. From Buffalo to Brooklyn, here are the best dishes in New York State that’ll make you wake up and smell the bacon.

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1. Butcher Block

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15 Booth Dr
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
(518) 563-0920
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David White opened this casual steakhouse in 1975 and it has remained family-owned ever since. Known for its steaks and seafood, the Butcher Block also has an extensive burger menu, all of which come with fries and the soup, salad, and bread bar. If you’re hankering for some bacon, check out the “vermonster” with apple slices, cheddar, bacon, and maple aioli; the “bacon horseradish” with bacon, cheddar, and horseradish sauce; the “adirondack” with candied bacon, onion rings, sharp cheddar, and maple barbecue sauce; or the “black & blue” that’s made with Cajun spices and topped with cob smoked bacon, caramelized onions, and housemade blue cheese dressing.

2. Pete's Trattoria

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111 Breen Ave
Watertown, NY 13601
(315) 782-6640
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Start your meal off right at family-owned Pete’s Trattoria with an order of the bacon-wrapped scallops. They come coated in a maple-dijon glaze that accentuates the smokiness of the bacon while adding a sweet and spicy kick. The app will set the stage for a meal of Italian-American specialties like homemade pastas, burrata chicken, and NY strip steak with the regional favorite, Utica greens (in this case, sautéed escarole with prosciutto and cherry peppers, encrusted in Panko and Pecorino).

3. The Cub Room

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739 S Clinton Ave
Rochester, NY 14620
(585) 504-2790
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A chic spot serving seasonal American fare that’s owned by a local couple (he’s the chef, she’s the manager), the Cub Room brings a little bit of Manhattan panache to Upstate. We advise starting with the excellent “devils on horseback”, bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with blue cheese, a British snack dating back to the 19th century. You can follow them up with dishes like grilled octopus with chicory, lentils, and romescu or Hudson Valley duck breast with plum gastrique.

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The Cub Room’s “devils on horseback” bacon-wrapped dates.
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4. Salt & Char

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353 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(518) 450-7500
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Chef David Burke may have one of the most famous bacon dishes in the country. Served at most of his restaurants, his iconic “clothesline bacon” takes juicy strips of mouth-watering maple and black-pepper glazed bacon, and hangs them on a mini-clothesline, turning a photo opp into a delicious appetizer. Salt & Char is inside the 1877 Adelphi Hotel, which reopened after a five-year renovation in 2017, with Chef Burke as culinary director.

5. The Original Pancake House

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5479 Main St
Williamsville, NY 14221
(716) 634-5515
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This beloved national chain has three locations in the Buffalo area serving a variety of breakfast favorites, including a long list of pancakes and waffles. From Dutch babies to buttermilk waffles to crepes, customers can find all types of fluffy doughs with a long list of fillings. Instead of getting your bacon on the side, opt for the bacon pancakes or waffles. Both have bits of bacon baked directly into the dough (mindblowing, we know). Drizzle with syrup as needed.

6. Rosie's Handcrafted Ice Cream

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431 Main St
East Aurora, NY 14052
(716) 805-7322
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The ultimate sweet and savory mash-up? Ice cream and bacon, of course. You can find it at this charming shop that opened last year, which came out swinging with the “breakfast special” flavor. The maple ice cream is made with local Sunset Farms maple syrup, caramelized bacon, and cinnamon-walnut streusel. Get it in a homemade waffle cone (we suggest the cinnamon flavor) and go home happy. Note: flavors rotate so check the menu before getting your bacon-fueled hopes up.

7. Risotto

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320 Northern Blvd
Albany, NY 12204
(518) 463-6300
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This welcoming restaurant with outdoor seating in Loudon Plaza features a fusion of Italian and Mediterranian dishes created by Chef Eddie Bizzarro, who emphasizes local and seasonal ingredients on every plate. Menu items include burgers, salads, kebobs, and a risotto section with inventive interpretations of the Italian classic including “Thai vegetable” risotto and a “philly”, made with grilled marinated steak tips, sautéed peppers and onions, and provolone. During brunch, there are two breakfast risotto options and we dare you to resist the “bacon, sausage & cheese risotto.” Loaded with crispy bacon, sausage, American cheese, and topped with a fried egg, there’s no other risotto like it.

8. 677 Prime

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677 Broadway
Albany, NY 12207
(518) 427-7463
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This suave steakhouse is the kind of place where politicians, lobbyists, and other Albany suits meet up for power lunches. But, you don’t have to be a fat cat to enjoy the top-quality food, superior service, and sleek décor. You’ll find all the steakhouse classics on the menu — from a seafood tower to 12 steak cuts to choose from — to satisfy your bacon cravings. Start with the “thick cut bacon steak” as an appetizer for a juicy slab of bacon paired with a caramelized onion and honey glaze, charred tomato jam, and scallions. The classic wedge salad is served with tomato, bacon, and onion rings in a play on the BLT, and if you must have potatoes with your steak, opt for the loaded baked potato with bacon, cheddar, sour cream, butter, and scallion.

9. Trotwood at Glen Falls House

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230 Winter Clove Rd
Round Top, NY 12473
(518) 622-9363
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In the heart of the Catskills lies the charming 1940s hotel Glen Falls House, which was revived in 2017 with multiple buildings and a pool. Tucked inside of the 17-room main house is the tavern-like Trotwood Restaurant, serving classic American eats. At brunch, this includes the drool-worthy bacon, egg, & cheese, made with fluffy scrambled eggs, gooey American cheese, crispy bacon, and house-fermented hot sauce on a brioche roll slathered with roasted garlic aioli. When in season, you can add a half-pound of local strawberries, grapes, or cherries as a side —so much better than hash browns.

10. McClure's NY Deli

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1335 College Ave
Elmira, NY 14901
(607) 733-3311
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A classic New York deli, McClure’s sells top-quality meat as well as deli sandwiches, soups, salads, hot dogs and burgers, wings, and a meal special that changes daily. The extensive sandwich list has all the classics like corned beef, pastrami, a Reuben, and tuna salad. You can add bacon to any sandwich, and there’s also a classic BLT to gratify your bacon hunger.

11. Strange Brew Cafe

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137 Washington St
Binghamton, NY 13901
(607) 238-7875
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This downtown coffee spot popular with college kids and locals alike serves coffee by Binghamton’s Java Joe’s Roasting Co. But aside from the java, there’s a surprisingly robust menu of breakfast and lunch items that lean toward comfort food. This means plenty of items bacon lovers will enjoy, including the “brooklyn”, a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich made with black peppered bacon; the “california club” with turkey, black peppered bacon, hummus, and avocado; and a “mac & cheese grilled cheese” (yes, you read that right) where you can choose your sauce or spread, cheese type, and toppings, which include tomatoes, spinach, chicken, and you guessed it, bacon.

12. Light's Bakery & Coffee Shop

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211 W 2nd St
Elmira, NY 14901
(607) 733-1461

More of a diner/coffee shop than a bakery (although it does have a bakery section, too), Light’s is a beloved gathering spot for Elmira locals that serves breakfast all day. While catching up, patrons feast on plenty of bacon-inflected treats, including the bacon cheddar potato cake, the maple bacon donut, a bacon cheeseburger, and a BLT.

13. Bruce & Son

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208 Main St
Greenport, NY 11944

A stylish all-day café on Long Island’s North Fork, Bruce & Son’s menu has several trendy and tasty toasts (strawberry and kefir cheese, beets with labneh and dukkah, for example) and a few sandwiches, including a towering BLT on sourdough bread with brown-sugar-coated bacon, tomato, butterhead lettuce, and spicy mayo. Pair it with one of the drinks from the eclectic beverage menu, like a Vietnamese egg coffee, nectarine lemonade, or turmeric latte.

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14. Maldon & Mignonette

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243 Glen Cove Ave
Sea Cliff, NY 11579
(516) 801-3250
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Chef Robert Occhipinti studied at the French Culinary Institute and under luminaries like Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Andrew Carmellini before opening this spot on his native Long Island in 2018. The seasonal menu skews French, Italian, and American classics, resulting in dishes like burrata with eggplant caponata and broccoli rabe pesto and squid ink tortellini with lobster. But one of his most inventive dishes is “bacon & peanut butter”, which combines succulent grilled bacon with a peanut butter sauce, roasted carrot puree, and red quinoa. It’s one of those dishes that sounds a bit odd but when you try it, it all makes sense.

15. Daily Provisions

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103 E 19th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 488-1505
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Choosing the best bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich in NYC is a bit of a fool’s errand as they’re all inherently delicious thanks to the unmatched combo of ingredients. Still, we find ourselves thinking about the one at restauranteur Danny Meyer’s Daily Provisions a lot. A flawlessly fried egg with a perfectly runny yolk is paired with crispy Berkshire bacon and a melted slice of American cheese, all on a house-baked poppy seed bun. Add a side of their house-made hot sauce, dubbed “wake-up sauce”, and you’ll be ready to tackle the day.

16. Crif Dogs

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113 St Marks Pl
New York, NY 10009
(646) 922-8524
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This late-night hot dog joint in the East Village is often the site of many late-night diners, and for good reason. Its menu of one-of-a-kind hot dog creations can’t help but hit that midnight craving. Their specialty happens to be a bacon-wrapped dog, which makes its way into several delicious concoctions, including the “chihuahua”, where it’s coated with sour cream and avocado; the “good morning”, where it’s topped with a fried egg and American cheese; and the “tsunami”, where it’s sprinkled with diced pineapple and scallions and drizzled in teriyaki sauce.

17. Golden Unicorn

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18 E Broadway
New York, NY 10002
(212) 941-0911
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An iconic dim sum parlor spread over several floors of an office building in Chinatown, Golden Unicorn has been serving locals and tourists alike since 1989. Cantonese delights are wheeled around on carts laden with items like soft and fluffy roast pork buns, congee with preserved egg and shredded pork, turnip cake with dried shrimp and Chinese sausage, and flaky egg custard tarts. Look out for bacon and shrimp dumplings and steamed sticky rice mixed with bacon bits, chicken, and Chinese sausage inside a lotus leaf.

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18. Peter Luger Steak House

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178 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 387-7400
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The legendary Williamsburg steakhouse is of course known for its beef but the bacon appetizer shouldn’t be overlooked. The once off-menu favorite became iconic in its own right since being added to the official menu in 1997. Extra thick (we’re talking around half an inch) and supremely juicy and smoky, Luger’s bacon is a must for pork lovers. Oh, and in case you didn’t know, it’s also sold in select supermarkets, so you can make it fresh at home.

19. Red Hook Tavern

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329 Van Brunt St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(917) 966-6094
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When Billy Durney of the much-loved Hometown Bar-B-Que unleashed his follow-up restaurant, the stakes were high. But he delivered with his classic American tavern offering old-school favorites like shrimp cocktail, fish and chips, and a carefully stacked burger. A sleeper hit was the “romaine wedge salad”. The lettuce is paired with bleu cheese, pickled mustard seeds, sourdough crumbs, and tangy buttermilk herb dressing, all before a giant, smoky slab of Nueske’s applewood smoked bacon is laid on top.

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1. Butcher Block

15 Booth Dr, Plattsburgh, NY 12901

David White opened this casual steakhouse in 1975 and it has remained family-owned ever since. Known for its steaks and seafood, the Butcher Block also has an extensive burger menu, all of which come with fries and the soup, salad, and bread bar. If you’re hankering for some bacon, check out the “vermonster” with apple slices, cheddar, bacon, and maple aioli; the “bacon horseradish” with bacon, cheddar, and horseradish sauce; the “adirondack” with candied bacon, onion rings, sharp cheddar, and maple barbecue sauce; or the “black & blue” that’s made with Cajun spices and topped with cob smoked bacon, caramelized onions, and housemade blue cheese dressing.

15 Booth Dr
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

2. Pete's Trattoria

111 Breen Ave, Watertown, NY 13601

Start your meal off right at family-owned Pete’s Trattoria with an order of the bacon-wrapped scallops. They come coated in a maple-dijon glaze that accentuates the smokiness of the bacon while adding a sweet and spicy kick. The app will set the stage for a meal of Italian-American specialties like homemade pastas, burrata chicken, and NY strip steak with the regional favorite, Utica greens (in this case, sautéed escarole with prosciutto and cherry peppers, encrusted in Panko and Pecorino).

111 Breen Ave
Watertown, NY 13601

3. The Cub Room

739 S Clinton Ave, Rochester, NY 14620
A white bowl filled with crispy bacon-wrapped dates.
The Cub Room’s “devils on horseback” bacon-wrapped dates.
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A chic spot serving seasonal American fare that’s owned by a local couple (he’s the chef, she’s the manager), the Cub Room brings a little bit of Manhattan panache to Upstate. We advise starting with the excellent “devils on horseback”, bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with blue cheese, a British snack dating back to the 19th century. You can follow them up with dishes like grilled octopus with chicory, lentils, and romescu or Hudson Valley duck breast with plum gastrique.

739 S Clinton Ave
Rochester, NY 14620

4. Salt & Char

353 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Chef David Burke may have one of the most famous bacon dishes in the country. Served at most of his restaurants, his iconic “clothesline bacon” takes juicy strips of mouth-watering maple and black-pepper glazed bacon, and hangs them on a mini-clothesline, turning a photo opp into a delicious appetizer. Salt & Char is inside the 1877 Adelphi Hotel, which reopened after a five-year renovation in 2017, with Chef Burke as culinary director.

353 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

5. The Original Pancake House

5479 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221

This beloved national chain has three locations in the Buffalo area serving a variety of breakfast favorites, including a long list of pancakes and waffles. From Dutch babies to buttermilk waffles to crepes, customers can find all types of fluffy doughs with a long list of fillings. Instead of getting your bacon on the side, opt for the bacon pancakes or waffles. Both have bits of bacon baked directly into the dough (mindblowing, we know). Drizzle with syrup as needed.

5479 Main St
Williamsville, NY 14221

6. Rosie's Handcrafted Ice Cream

431 Main St, East Aurora, NY 14052

The ultimate sweet and savory mash-up? Ice cream and bacon, of course. You can find it at this charming shop that opened last year, which came out swinging with the “breakfast special” flavor. The maple ice cream is made with local Sunset Farms maple syrup, caramelized bacon, and cinnamon-walnut streusel. Get it in a homemade waffle cone (we suggest the cinnamon flavor) and go home happy. Note: flavors rotate so check the menu before getting your bacon-fueled hopes up.

431 Main St
East Aurora, NY 14052

7. Risotto

320 Northern Blvd, Albany, NY 12204

This welcoming restaurant with outdoor seating in Loudon Plaza features a fusion of Italian and Mediterranian dishes created by Chef Eddie Bizzarro, who emphasizes local and seasonal ingredients on every plate. Menu items include burgers, salads, kebobs, and a risotto section with inventive interpretations of the Italian classic including “Thai vegetable” risotto and a “philly”, made with grilled marinated steak tips, sautéed peppers and onions, and provolone. During brunch, there are two breakfast risotto options and we dare you to resist the “bacon, sausage & cheese risotto.” Loaded with crispy bacon, sausage, American cheese, and topped with a fried egg, there’s no other risotto like it.

320 Northern Blvd
Albany, NY 12204

8. 677 Prime

677 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207

This suave steakhouse is the kind of place where politicians, lobbyists, and other Albany suits meet up for power lunches. But, you don’t have to be a fat cat to enjoy the top-quality food, superior service, and sleek décor. You’ll find all the steakhouse classics on the menu — from a seafood tower to 12 steak cuts to choose from — to satisfy your bacon cravings. Start with the “thick cut bacon steak” as an appetizer for a juicy slab of bacon paired with a caramelized onion and honey glaze, charred tomato jam, and scallions. The classic wedge salad is served with tomato, bacon, and onion rings in a play on the BLT, and if you must have potatoes with your steak, opt for the loaded baked potato with bacon, cheddar, sour cream, butter, and scallion.

677 Broadway
Albany, NY 12207

9. Trotwood at Glen Falls House

230 Winter Clove Rd, Round Top, NY 12473

In the heart of the Catskills lies the charming 1940s hotel Glen Falls House, which was revived in 2017 with multiple buildings and a pool. Tucked inside of the 17-room main house is the tavern-like Trotwood Restaurant, serving classic American eats. At brunch, this includes the drool-worthy bacon, egg, & cheese, made with fluffy scrambled eggs, gooey American cheese, crispy bacon, and house-fermented hot sauce on a brioche roll slathered with roasted garlic aioli. When in season, you can add a half-pound of local strawberries, grapes, or cherries as a side —so much better than hash browns.

230 Winter Clove Rd
Round Top, NY 12473

10. McClure's NY Deli

1335 College Ave, Elmira, NY 14901

A classic New York deli, McClure’s sells top-quality meat as well as deli sandwiches, soups, salads, hot dogs and burgers, wings, and a meal special that changes daily. The extensive sandwich list has all the classics like corned beef, pastrami, a Reuben, and tuna salad. You can add bacon to any sandwich, and there’s also a classic BLT to gratify your bacon hunger.

1335 College Ave
Elmira, NY 14901

11. Strange Brew Cafe

137 Washington St, Binghamton, NY 13901

This downtown coffee spot popular with college kids and locals alike serves coffee by Binghamton’s Java Joe’s Roasting Co. But aside from the java, there’s a surprisingly robust menu of breakfast and lunch items that lean toward comfort food. This means plenty of items bacon lovers will enjoy, including the “brooklyn”, a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich made with black peppered bacon; the “california club” with turkey, black peppered bacon, hummus, and avocado; and a “mac & cheese grilled cheese” (yes, you read that right) where you can choose your sauce or spread, cheese type, and toppings, which include tomatoes, spinach, chicken, and you guessed it, bacon.

137 Washington St
Binghamton, NY 13901

12. Light's Bakery & Coffee Shop

211 W 2nd St, Elmira, NY 14901

More of a diner/coffee shop than a bakery (although it does have a bakery section, too), Light’s is a beloved gathering spot for Elmira locals that serves breakfast all day. While catching up, patrons feast on plenty of bacon-inflected treats, including the bacon cheddar potato cake, the maple bacon donut, a bacon cheeseburger, and a BLT.

211 W 2nd St
Elmira, NY 14901

13. Bruce & Son

208 Main St, Greenport, NY 11944
An aerial shot of two people sitting at a table with three dinner dishes, a coffee, turmeric latte, and iced beverage. Courtesy of Bruce & Son.

A stylish all-day café on Long Island’s North Fork, Bruce & Son’s menu has several trendy and tasty toasts (strawberry and kefir cheese, beets with labneh and dukkah, for example) and a few sandwiches, including a towering BLT on sourdough bread with brown-sugar-coated bacon, tomato, butterhead lettuce, and spicy mayo. Pair it with one of the drinks from the eclectic beverage menu, like a Vietnamese egg coffee, nectarine lemonade, or turmeric latte.

208 Main St
Greenport, NY 11944

14. Maldon & Mignonette

243 Glen Cove Ave, Sea Cliff, NY 11579

Chef Robert Occhipinti studied at the French Culinary Institute and under luminaries like Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Andrew Carmellini before opening this spot on his native Long Island in 2018. The seasonal menu skews French, Italian, and American classics, resulting in dishes like burrata with eggplant caponata and broccoli rabe pesto and squid ink tortellini with lobster. But one of his most inventive dishes is “bacon & peanut butter”, which combines succulent grilled bacon with a peanut butter sauce, roasted carrot puree, and red quinoa. It’s one of those dishes that sounds a bit odd but when you try it, it all makes sense.

243 Glen Cove Ave
Sea Cliff, NY 11579

15. Daily Provisions

103 E 19th St, New York, NY 10003

Choosing the best bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich in NYC is a bit of a fool’s errand as they’re all inherently delicious thanks to the unmatched combo of ingredients. Still, we find ourselves thinking about the one at restauranteur Danny Meyer’s Daily Provisions a lot. A flawlessly fried egg with a perfectly runny yolk is paired with crispy Berkshire bacon and a melted slice of American cheese, all on a house-baked poppy seed bun. Add a side of their house-made hot sauce, dubbed “wake-up sauce”, and you’ll be ready to tackle the day.

103 E 19th St
New York, NY 10003

16. Crif Dogs

113 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

This late-night hot dog joint in the East Village is often the site of many late-night diners, and for good reason. Its menu of one-of-a-kind hot dog creations can’t help but hit that midnight craving. Their specialty happens to be a bacon-wrapped dog, which makes its way into several delicious concoctions, including the “chihuahua”, where it’s coated with sour cream and avocado; the “good morning”, where it’s topped with a fried egg and American cheese; and the “tsunami”, where it’s sprinkled with diced pineapple and scallions and drizzled in teriyaki sauce.

113 St Marks Pl
New York, NY 10009

17. Golden Unicorn

18 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002
Wooden bowls filled with various dim sum items cover a white table. Courtesy of Golden Unicorn.

An iconic dim sum parlor spread over several floors of an office building in Chinatown, Golden Unicorn has been serving locals and tourists alike since 1989. Cantonese delights are wheeled around on carts laden with items like soft and fluffy roast pork buns, congee with preserved egg and shredded pork, turnip cake with dried shrimp and Chinese sausage, and flaky egg custard tarts. Look out for bacon and shrimp dumplings and steamed sticky rice mixed with bacon bits, chicken, and Chinese sausage inside a lotus leaf.

18 E Broadway
New York, NY 10002

18. Peter Luger Steak House

178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

The legendary Williamsburg steakhouse is of course known for its beef but the bacon appetizer shouldn’t be overlooked. The once off-menu favorite became iconic in its own right since being added to the official menu in 1997. Extra thick (we’re talking around half an inch) and supremely juicy and smoky, Luger’s bacon is a must for pork lovers. Oh, and in case you didn’t know, it’s also sold in select supermarkets, so you can make it fresh at home.

178 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211

19. Red Hook Tavern

329 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

When Billy Durney of the much-loved Hometown Bar-B-Que unleashed his follow-up restaurant, the stakes were high. But he delivered with his classic American tavern offering old-school favorites like shrimp cocktail, fish and chips, and a carefully stacked burger. A sleeper hit was the “romaine wedge salad”. The lettuce is paired with bleu cheese, pickled mustard seeds, sourdough crumbs, and tangy buttermilk herb dressing, all before a giant, smoky slab of Nueske’s applewood smoked bacon is laid on top.

329 Van Brunt St
Brooklyn, NY 11231