For some reason I experience a burst of local pride when a place I frequent, in Jersey City, is reviewed in the New York Times. This time it is Second Street Bakery, which to me behaves more as a deli than bakery.
My friend J. steered me toward this local favorite which is truly an establishment of yore, in as far as menu and prices. This is old school Italian at its heartburning best. Consequently I can't go there that often. Though I admit there was a brief period when I found myself strolling over there too often for my own girth. I went for the Eggplant Parm. sandwiches, a small one large enough to feed both Izzy and me. They do all of the Italian faves, and then some, not to mention the stuffed breads and daily specials.
This bakery is somewhat off the beaten path but somehow there is always a crowd, especially at lunchtime so be prepared to wait. The trick is to get there before 11:00 a.m...otherwise you will have to line up with the rest of the neighborhood. I have yet to try their breakfast sandwich but I may just have to add that to my "to eat" list.