Manhattan has Katz’s Deli (see the Katz’s Deli article), the iconic institution that’s been carving corned beef, pastrami, and turkey for the city’s best sandwiches for more than a century. Across the river, in Brooklyn, many districts that were once predominantly industrial don’t have old-school delis, and certainly none with the same level of commitment to following New York’s tried and true deli traditions.
Enter Frankel’s Delicatessen & Appetizing in Greenpoint. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, locals line up around the block for classic deli staples like the smoked fish bagel, which they order with cream cheese and “The Works” (tomato, onion, and capers). If you’re feeling fancy, spring for the Kippered Salmon or sturgeon.
If fish for breakfast isn’t your thing, an equally New York-style breakfast is my personal favorite: a pastrami, egg, and cheese sandwich. And, no matter what you choose, don’t sleep on a side of potato latkes with a generous dollop of sour cream and applesauce.