While it is ridiculous to claim breakfast sandwiches are an unheralded New York foodstuff, they certainly don’t get the hoopla of pizza and hot dogs. Yet every corner bodega and Midtown breakfast cart serves a passable bacon, egg, and cheese on a hard roll. The ubiquity of decent egg-and-cheese sandwiches in the city makes a stellar one something to be celebrated by New Yorkers and out-of-towners alike.

Granted, NYC boasts more than five top-notch breakfast sandwiches, but we took it upon ourselves to narrow it down to the truly essential ones. From Dominique Ansel’s vision of a “perfect” sandwich, to the tender roast pork and fried egg rendition at Maialino, these aren’t just sandwiches—this is next-level breakfast fare.

Here are our five favorite breakfast sandwiches in NYC.