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Why the breakfast sandwich is pretty much the best thing ever

Admit it, you love breakfast sandwiches. And not just when you're hung over.

We feel you. We understand.

We love them all the time and in every which way. So let us count the ways ... and spread the gospel of the best breakfast item.

As an extra special bonus, we've also compiled a list of the best breakfast sandwiches in NYC. It's breakfast sandwich time!

Reason we love the BS #1: Those perfect elements

Crispy roll, creamy and melted cheese, fatty and
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Crispy roll, creamy and melted cheese, fatty and salty bacon, perfectly-cooked egg ... You need all four for the best breakfast sandwich. This one is made on an onion roll, which we highly recommend trying if you're making your own at home. Little bits of onion equals more flavor.

Reason we love the BS #2: You can add any sauce you want

While most New Yorkers will order their egg
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While most New Yorkers will order their egg and cheese sandwiches plain, at bodegas and street carts ketchup is more likely than not offered. Sometimes a little ketchup can do a sandwich good, if say, the bread is a tad bit stale, perhaps? But an egg and cheese and even a bacon, egg and cheese is a little like a blank slate - you can build on it with any flavors you like.

BEST BREAKFAST SANDWICH SAUCES

Hot sauce, for when you need a pick-me-up

Mayo, for when you're feeling zippy

Chipotle mayo, for when you drank too much the night before

Pesto, for when you're wanting to elevate your sandy from everyday to special

Reason we love the BS #3: CHEESE

We feel like this one doesn't need much
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We feel like this one doesn't need much explanation. And when it really comes down to it, the classic New York breakfast sandwich should come with stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth American cheese.

Breakfast melt at Murray's Cheese

The breakfast melt at Murray's is an example
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The breakfast melt at Murray's is an example of attention to detail. The ingredients are the usuals -- bread, egg, cheese, bacon -- but the complexities lie in the fine print. Murray's swaps out the boring and often stale "roll" with an English muffin, and the cheese is Fontina.murrayscheese.com

Hippie Banjo at Pies 'n' Thighs

And for something completely different, in comes Pies
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And for something completely different, in comes Pies 'n' Thighs, which also makes some of the best fried chicken in the city. The sandwich, served at brunch, is, put simply, a fried egg on toast. But it's called a Hippie Banjo for a reason, and that reason is in the details: avocado, Alfalfa sprouts, cheddar, tomato and mayo. And the bread? Anadama, a yeast bread. (166 S. 4th St., Williamsburg, and 42 Canal St.)

Breakfast sandwich at Il Buco Alimentari

Il Buco's's market, Alimentari, serves a seriously delicious
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Il Buco's's market, Alimentari, serves a seriously delicious breakfast sandwich made with Salame Rosa that's cured in-house. A soft organic egg and Fontina cheese rounds it all out and it's served on focaccia. (53 Great Jones St.)

Perfect Little Egg Sandwich at Dominique Ansel Bakery

Like everything at Dominique Ansel's little SoHo bakery,
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Like everything at Dominique Ansel's little SoHo bakery, the breakfast sandwich is melding of ingredients that go well together. The Perfect Little Egg Sandwich starts with a steamed egg, topped with caramelized shallots, chives and a delicate slice of Gruyere, all on a sweet brioche bun. Dainty. Delicious. (189 Spring St.)

Sesame pancake sandwich at Vanessa's Dumpling House

Available all day and into the night, the
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Available all day and into the night, the sesame pancake sandwich with egg at Vanessa's Dumpling House is an awesome Asian version of the classic breakfast sandwich. You can add veggies and meats if you choose, and we advise upping the intensity by adding Sriracha and soy sauce. These flavor pockets are salty, greasy ... perfect. (118A Eldridge St., 220 E. 14th St., 310 Bedford St., Williamsburg)

Avocado toast at Cafe Gitane

This isn't technically a breakfast sandwich, but in
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This isn't technically a breakfast sandwich, but in this era of avocado toast, let's call it sandwich adjacent. So here's the grand dame of AT, served (go figure) at lunchtime at both Cafe Gitane locations. Avocado comes smeared on top of seven grain toast with lemon juice, chili flakes and olive oil. (113 Jane St. and 242 Mott St.)

Shake Shack

Shake Shack is best known for burgers, but
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Shake Shack is best known for burgers, but it makes a mean egg and cheese (bacon and sausage optional). Available only at the JFK airport (Terminal 4, near gates B37 and B23) and Grand Central Terminal locations, this breakfast item makes flying, especially early in the morning, less painful. The eggs are cage-free, the cheese American and the bun potato. Also available at its Dubai Airport location, the next time you're flying through.

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