Standing at the counter in Anthony’s Deli, a cash-only throwback deli from the ’80s (before green drinks and kale salad and veggie burgers—all banned at Anthony’s—were popular), you’ll likely see one of the servers slicing and sorting deli meats and cheeses into piles. Massive piles. Who the heck is going to eat all that? But someone will because Anthony’s is a place to go when you’re bottom-belly hungry and want to eat something substantial and tasty.
One of the best sandwiches they do is the Breakfast Barge, an on-steroids version of the traditional deli classic: the bacon, egg, and cheese. It’s bacon, ham, sausage, three eggs, and cheese on a seemingly endless wedge that’s messy and oozy and salty and greasy (in a good way). You won’t think you can finish the whole thing—but you’ll plow onward despite any objections your rapidly filling stomach may offer.
The sandwich philosophy here is pile meat upon meat upon meat on good quality Arthur Avenue bread (or, using the proper Westchester term, seeded wedges). And sure, there’s the obligatory iceberg lettuce and a few tomatoes rolling about, but most Anthony’s customers are likely to pluck much of the veggies off their sandwich anyway.
ABOVE PHOTOS BY JOHN BRUNO
Peruse their amusing Facebook page and their love for meat is apparent, with blunt posts that match the working-class-hungry vibe of the place: “Nice to Meat you;” “Beat the heat, eat cold meat;” “I’m bimeat-ual.” There’s even a photo with a guy holding a wedge by his feet captioned “The Original $5 Footlong.”
619 Halstead Ave
â€‹(914) 698-4998; anthonysdeli.com