Long Islanders have quite a few things to be proud of, whether it’s talking about our famed beaches or award-winning vineyards, we don’t like to pass up an opportunity to boast our hometown pride. But when it comes to the revered BEC (Bacon, Egg and Cheese sandwich), well not only does every local have a personal favorite spot, but we know our breakfast sandwiches can’t be beat- it’s a fact. Try one BEC spot or be a breakfast champion and make it through our entire roundup!
Speaking of Long Island’s signature food, we can’t forget pizza. From brick oven pies to cold cheese slices and specialty creations, get the inside scoop on our favorite pizza places.
According to the locals, these are some of favorite bagel and pizza joints from around the island (listed in no particular order). Think we missed one? Tag us @discoverlongisland next time you stop in for a BEC or a slice. We would love to hear from you!
Here’s The BEC Breakdown
Bagel Biz, Melville
Bagel Biz (443 Walt Whitman Rd., Melville) offers a twist on the classic beauty with turkey AND bacon, plus fried eggs on an egg bagel. Double the eggs, double the meat, triple the love.
Bagel Boss, Multiple Locations
Sometimes, the bagel is so good, you don’t even need the bacon. That’s the case at Bagel Boss. This egg and cheese bagel sandwich has double the cheese to highlight the crunch of this perfectly made New York bagel. They have six locations on the island.
Bagel Chalet, Commack
Nothing short of a Van Gogh masterpiece, Bagel Chalet (36 Veteran’s Memorial Hwy., Commack) offers rainbow colored BEC that serves as a feast for both the eyes and mouth.
Goldberg’s, Multiple Locations
A beautiful array of toasty bagels available at five locations across the island, Goldberg’s has been serving the locals of Long Island their staple carb-i-licios breakfast since 1949.
Freshy Fresh, Shirley
It’s all about the bacon. Freshy Fresh (917 Montauk Hwy., Shirley), named after a local rap artist, has the crispy, salty bacon you’re looking for on the morning after a long night out.
Strathmore, Multiple Locations
Try and BEAT the combination of bacon, egg, avocado and tomato. You can’t. It’s the classic crispy, crunchy, gooey BEC with an avocado and tomato twist. Extra veggies never hurt anyone.
Bagel Gallery, Smithtown
This beacon in the night is open 24 hours, to deliver greatness no matter what time it is. Previously located in Hauppauge right off of Veteran’s Highway, they’ve moved down the road right off of Route 111 in Smithtown.
Bagel Master, Syosset
The name says it all. From start to finish, Bagel Master (43 Cold Spring Rd., Syosset) has conquered the loving process of bagel-making. Perfect crunch on the outside with a soft middle, ideal for soaking up the runny egg yolks. Not to mention bacon. Never forget the bacon.
A & S Bagels, Franklin Square
Looking for a lighter option? “Salad” always makes things sound better, and A&S Bagels (761 Hempstead Tpke., Franklin Square) makes their BEC with egg salad! Located in Franklin Square, they’re also open 24 hours. Perfect for a late night BEC after a concert at the Nassau Coliseum or a long day at the Belmont Stakes.
Let There Be Bagels, Port Washington
Worried about carbs or salt? Can’t eat gluten? This is the spot for you. Let There Be Bagels (475 Port Washington Blvd. #4, Port Washington) assures that no one is left out of the BEC SPK experience with low-carb, low-salt and gluten-free options.
Complete It with A Slice
Little Vincent’s, Huntington Village
Favorite: A plain slice topped with a mountain of shredded cold mozzarella cheese
Location: 329 New York Ave., Huntington
Favorite: Spicy buffalo chicken slice
Location: 4645 Sunrise Hwy., Bohemia
Vulcano 081, Rockville Centre
Favorite: Margherita, Neapolitan pizza
Location: 43 N. Village Ave., Rockville Center
Grimaldi’s, Garden City
Favorite: The brunch pizza with bacon, egg and cheese
Location: 980 Franklin Ave., Garden City
1943 Pizza Bar, Greenport
Favorite: “New Haven” slice, topped with mashed potatoes and bacon
Location: 308 D Main St., Greenport
True Food Kitchen, Garden City
Favorite: Butternut Squash Pizza with butternut squash, roasted garlic, organic kale, house-made vegan almond ricotta, dried cranberry & sage
Location: 630 Old Country Rd., Suite 1040B, Garden City
Slices Pizza Boutique, Selden
Favorite: The white pie varieties including white broccoli and white spinach
Location: 1198 Middle Country Rd., Selden
Pinos Pizza, Deer Park
Favorite: Sunday sauce pie with rigatoni Bolognese and vodka parmigiana pizza
Location: 1747 Deer Park Ave., Deer Park
One10 Restaurant, Melville
Favorite: Chicken cutlet, parmigiana pizza
Location: 569 Broadhollow Rd., Melville
Prato 850, Commack
Favorite: Breakfast pizza with prosciutto, eggs, peppers, basil pesto and mozzarella and the Drunken Buratta with vodka sauce and cauliflower crust for dinner
Location: 204 Jericho Tpke. Mayfair Shopping Center, Commack