An American staple, the BLT can be enjoyed the traditional way or with trendy, creative and delicious add-ins. Find the sandwich on menus at delis, food trucks and restaurants across the city. For superior sammies, try one of our favorites.

B.E.L.T., Friedman’s Lunch

BLT from Friedman's

75 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 929-7100

“E” is for “Eggs” – or at least it is at this Chelsea Market establishment. Friedman’s Lunch cooks up the B.E.L.T. with the classic bacon, lettuce and tomato — plus herb aioli and over-easy eggs on toasted sourdough bread. Note: It gets crowded at Friedman’s, especially at lunch time, so plan accordingly. Friedman’s is a fan favorite for gluten-free food — most anything on their menu can be made without gluten.

Winter BLT, Flatbush Farm

Flatbush Farm BLT sandwich

Flatbush Farm BLT sandwich

76 St Marks Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 622-3276

The city’s trendiest BLT is found in Brooklyn. Chef Michael Roberts’ serves the Winter BLT at Flatbush Farm, the farm-to-table eatery in Park Slope. This is important: Don’t let the name of the dish fool you. Made with house-baked olive bread, roasted tomato, Niman Ranch bacon, arugula, salt, pepper, and mayo, the sandwich evolves with the seasons – or rather, the tomatoes themselves do. It’s called the “winter BLT” because the tomatoes are better come summer, and the varieties of tomato drawn from are more varied.

B.A.L.T., Max Brenner

BALT from Max Brenner

BALT from Max Brenner

841 Broadway
New York
(646) 467-8803

It’s not all about the sweet stuff at Max Brenner, where chocolate cocktails and decadent dessert specialties are the name of the game. As it turns out, the city staple offers an indulgent take on the B.L.T., as well. The restaurant calls it the ” B.A.L.T.,” crispy bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato & cilantro-avocado mayo.

(credit: Duke's)

(credit: Duke’s)

Old Kentucky BLT, Duke’s

99 E 19th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 260-2922

Loud music, fun drinks and quick service are the name of the game at easygoing Duke’s, which feels more like a casual sports bar you’d find in a place like Kansas City. The restaurant took the traditional BLT and added grilled chicken and avocado to make the Old Kentucky BLT.

Classic B.L.T., Cherry Valley

Cherry Valley BLT
1229 150th St
Whitestone, NY

Sandwiches with seemingly random names populate the menu at Cherry Valley Deli – which is definitely a deli and not a restaurant – such that ordering can sound like a mishmash of secret language. Fatboys, Bombs, Bushman, Beasts… just a small sample of the sandwiches available at Cherry Valley. But the simple B.L.T. is a staple here — made on Pepperidge Farm white toast, Cherry Valley uses only Mariah thick cut bacon.

BLT Dog, Bark Hot Dog

BLT Hot Dog  (credit: New York Street Food)

BLT Hot Dog (credit: New York Street Food)

474 Bergen St
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 789-1939

This creative take on the classic sandwich…well, it isn’t a sandwich at all. The BLT Dog at Bark, while not on the regular menu at the small storefront in Park Slope, is occasionally served as a daily special. We were doggone lucky enough (see what we did there?) to sample it. The fancy schamancy hot dog starts with a classic dog, which is a pork & beef mix. It’s then topped with bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayo and a sweet pickle in a top sliced bun.

BLT, Prime at the Bentley

BLT From Prime at the Bentley

The Bentley Hotel
500 E 62nd St
New York, NY 10065
(212) 933-9733

The traditional sandwich gets beefed up at Prime at the Bentley. The recently-opened hot “pop-up” spot is a must-try for those looking for upscale Kosher dining in New York City. The Bentley Burger is topped with crisp, Kosher-style bacon, sun-dried tomato and arugula on a brioche bun. Looking for more rooftop venues for the summer months? Check out our round-up of the city’s best. 

(credit: Sarah Shaker / Bright Lights, My City)

Another hearty burger with a BLT twist, this sammie slides into our top list not just because of its worldly take on the American classic, but because it’s also easygoing on your wallet. One of Michael “Bao” Huynh’s Vietnamese concepts, the BLT Burger is topped with thick cut Chinese bacon, kewpie mayo, lettuce and tomato. Add a side of fries to dip in their homemade chipotle mayo for a creamy kick. All burgers are offered for under $7 and fries can be added to your order for just 3 bucks.