Brooklyn has arrived. Not in the vaguely condescending, figurative sense. The best of the borough’s incredible food scene has quite literally landed on the streets of Manhattan.
Consider the new Irving Place branch of Williamsburg’s Bedford Cheese Shop. Or the Red Hook heroes from Defonte’s, now available on an unlikely corner in Gramercy. Or simply follow the line of hungry food freaks awaiting the transcendwiches transported daily from Greenpoint to the No.7 Sub shops at both the Ace Hotel and the Plaza.
And now that a beloved Jewish-Canadian deli in Boerum Hill has opened an outpost on a posh block in NoHo, there’s no sleep ‘til Bond Street.
Manhattan’s Mile End Sandwich, a sleek cousin to the Brooklyn original, has an expanded sandwich menu, Stumptown coffee and a killer classic rock soundtrack. The modern interiors, all subway tiles and stark overhead lighting, do lack some of the warmth of the Boerum Hill branch. But the new shop’s chrome countertops and glossy aesthetic befit its position amongst the Ian Schrager and Deborah Berke buildings on Bond.
Which begs the question: Is NoHo ready for the smell of veal sausage in the morning? One bite of the breakfast burger, which combines an over-easy egg with cheddar, maple syrup, apple butter and said sausage on a perfectly toasted English muffin, and all queries go out the large picture window.
A hearty handful and relative steal at $9, the breakfast burger has something for everyone. (Well, except vegetarians and cows.) Salty, sweet and impossibly satisfying, it arrives unadorned on a chrome platter and is best consumed on the spot. No G train required.
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