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Outstanding sandwich from Frankel's (W'burg/Greenpoint)

Blumie | Jan 19, 201709:16 AM

Frankel's has been open a while now, and I've learned that they do a really nice bagel-and-lox sandwich. Nothing fancy, but just a well built traditional affair, made to order to your liking: choice of bagel, toasted or not; choice of salmon (eastern nova, Irish organic, pastrami salmon, kippered salmon; sable and sturgeon also are available); choice of cream cheese; tomato, onion, capers. If you want a really solid bagel-and-lox and are in the area, this is the place to go. ($12 in house; $13 through Caviar. For those unaware, Caviar's delivery service is really great, but in addition to a service fee and sometimes a delivery fee, the prices charged often are slightly higher than the restaurant menu prices.)

But today, when placing an order on Caviar for my Frankel's bagel-and-lox, I decided to try one of their other sandwiches and added a pastrami, egg & cheese on a challah roll to my order. Now THAT is an outstanding sandwich and one that may be worth traveling for even if their mainstay bagel-and-lox is not. The egg is scrambled and cooked to a thin pancake, which is then folded to fit the challah roll (which seemed like a brioche roll to me; is there any difference?). Then the star of the show, the pastrami, is piled on top. The meat is wonderfully spiced, smoky and fatty, cut into large chunks like burnt ends would be rather than slices. (I don't want to start a lengthy debate by comparing this pastrami to Katz's at its best, but still I'd be interested in doing a side-by-side comparison to see if Frankel's pastrami is really as good as I think it is!) The sandwich is then topped with a thick slice of American cheese (maybe there were two slices; by the time the sandwich made it to me and I opened the package, the cheese had fully melted and was oozing all over and around the meat in the most delectable way.) ($8.95 in house; $9.75 through Caviar.)

This is my new favorite breakfast sandwich. And the good news is that it's available all day at Frankel's. And if you still have room afterwards, you can go grab a donut down the street at Peter Pan afterwards. (I don't have room, but if I were by Peter Pan right now there is no way I would pass it up!)

[Edited to add: I just noticed that there's a picture of this sandwich on the Frankel's website. My sandwich looked even better than the picture, though, because of the cheese oozing all over the place.]

Frankel's Delicatessen & Appetizing,
Katz's Delicatessen,
Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop
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