For more than a 100 years, this huge cafeteria-style Jewish deli has been delighting New Yorkers with their pastrami and brisket sandwiches alongside their scrumptious "kosher-style" meals. The humble eatery, with Formica tables lined up in rows, may not be the ideal place to take a date (unless you want to remind him or her of eating in a school lunchroom), but if you are craving a giant sandwich served with perfect pickles or a couple of kosher hot dogs, there is perhaps no better place than Katz's in the city. There is table service, but most people take a ticket at the door and give it to the counterman when placing their order; they then pay on the way out.
Located near the waterfront in Brooklyn, the now legendary Grimaldi's offers excellent pizzas. Cooked in a brick oven, the crusts emerge crispy and pleasantly charred. The toppings always consist of only the freshest ingredients, including their delectable sausage, vegetables and mozzarella cheese. No reservations are taken, so be prepared to wait outside along with hordes of faithful customers, who consider this to be the best pizza in New York City.
Chateau of Spain offers exquisite Spanish cuisine with an elegant dining experience. The interiors are tastefully decorated with soft lights, wooden furniture and artistic paintings. The extensive use of wood sets the tone of the the decor in whole. Delicious and garnished beautifully, the food promises to capture the essence of Spanish cuisine. The menu has an eclectic assortment of Spanish delicacies along with a few Portuguese culinary delights as well. The place is perfect for intimate family lunches, birthday parties or grand wedding dinners. Whatever be the occasion, Chateau of Spain restaurant promises to deliver a dining experience to cherish forever.
Graziella's Italian Bistro is one place you will definitely enjoying going to. The traditional Italian cuisine here is authentic in taste with huge portions and affordable prices. You will be delighted to see the menu consisting of an array of pork, lamb, steaks, chicken veal, handmade pastas and a wide selection of sea food. The extensive wine list adds its charm to the sophisticated meal. The dim and relaxed setting makes it one of the most pleasant and memorable meals. The restaurant also offers a banquet hall that can accommodate up to 200 guests for private events, functions and celebrations. The service here is extremely professional and attentive and apt for families and couples. Call ahead for more information, or check out their website.
Burgers, shakes, sodas and pretty much all the classic fast food staples can be found at this revered burger joint in Madison Square Park. In addition to addictive burgers and shakes, the Shack offers a leafy outdoor setting for its patrons to watch the city go by. The surprise here is that they serve booze with your burger; from beer, to reds and whites available by glass and bottle, grab one and try to find a spot on the grass. What's more, they're dog-friendly and they have a few things on the menu as well for your pooch. During the spring and summer, the line outside can be inexorably long, however there are other locations around Manhattan which are only a cab ride away.
While the East Village has long been a hip neighborhood, it was first known as an ethnic community. The Ukrainian restaurant Veselka is a remnant of that history. This combination luncheonette and sidewalk cafe with an Eastern European air features breakfast muffins, bagels, potato pancakes and cheese blintzes among other selections. For lunch, a hearty borscht and their famous pierogies should do the trick, while a dinner meal of kielbasa or veal goulash should leave you smiling and satisfied.
Located on West 55th Street, The Original Soupman, as its name suggests, is known for its delicious varieties of soups. Headed by Ali Yenageh, this is the first restaurant of the many chains. Must try on the menu includes their signature Lobster Bisque, Clam Chowder and Lobster Roll. The restaurant gained popularity when it featured on NBC's Seinfield. The restaurant has been a participant in many social causes and is a big part of the Hurricane Sandy Relief Help.
Carnegie John’s is a food cart in Midtown West, mainly serving professionals working in the area. As its timings are almost the same as usual office hours, you can see many people heading here for a quick working lunch. It is one of the most popular food stands in the area and a must-visit place if on a tight budget. French fries, hot dogs, cheeseburgers and sandwiches loaded with piquant sauces can all be found at very low to moderate prices. The Chicken Platter with yogurt sauce is a favorite among regular customers. You can also relish Middle Eastern snacks such as Shish Kebab Pita and Lamb Gyros.
Located right next door to the famed Carnegie Hall, the Russian Tea Room has a rich and long-standing history with New York high society. Originally opened by members of the Russian Imperial Ballet in 1926, this elegant, red and gold architectural masterpiece has been host to countless celebrities, performers and politicians. The restaurant's ownership has since changed hands since its closure in 2002, after the death of former owner Warner LeRoy; it re-opened and returned with the same opulent and stately atmosphere.
Originally a restaurant from Chelsea, London, their second establishment and the first ever in American soil, Bluebird London has got the patrons, as well as, the critics talking. Thanks to the extensive British menu crafted under the guidance of Chef Nicolas Houlbert, this restaurant has turned out to be the go-to place for fans of English cuisine in the city. Looking for somewhere to savor authentic British dinner? If yes, then head straight to Bluebird London and relish dishes like Ahi Tuna Poke, Lobster And Shrimp Cocktail, Cote de Boeuf or Monkfish And Shrimp Curry. The breakfast served here from Monday to Friday starting from 8a to 11a and brunch served here on weekends from 11a to 3.30p feature dishes like Bluebird Breakfast Bowl, Seasonal Fruit Plate, Steak And Chips and Lobster Spaghetti that are delicious, healthy and capable of satiating diverse palates. The laid back brasserie-like setting here combined with the friendly service of the staff will help you have a great time with your loved ones, family and friends.
Loi Estiatorio is an eclectic restaurant offering the best of traditional Greek and Mediterranean delicacies in a sophisticated and classy atmosphere. Helmed by noted Chef Loi, the menu features her trademark recipes, carefully chosen from her critically acclaimed cook book, The Greek Diet. The menu features appetizers such as Romaine Salad, Grilled Halloumi, Village Salad and Octopus. Village specialties served here also include Lamb Shanks, Stuffed Eggplant, Greek Lasagna and accompaniments featuring Kounoupidi, Horta, Pougi and Feta. Specials on the menu include Salt Baked Fish, Mussels, Tiger Prawn, Shrimp Pasta and Ravioli.
This restaurant offers authentic American fare in what is known as the vortex of tourist-friendly entertainment, Times Square. In the true style of diner hangouts, the menu features a little bit of everything from hamburgers and turkey sandwiches to Greek salads and falafel. Most diners really enjoy the homemade ice cream, and there are a number of freshly baked pastries from which to choose. Service is fast, so grab a bite if you are on the run. Another attraction is the singing waitstaff which keeps patrons entertained from start to finish.