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.
This elegant restaurant is an all rounder. The ambiance is soft and perfect for fine dining. Staff and service is very professional and attentive. While dining here, do not miss out on trying out from the wide selection of about 500 wines available from around the globe. Known for its Pastas, some of the other dishes worth trying are Burrata, Fiocchi con Formaggio with pear and the Pollo alla Martini. Also, host a private event or gathering here, the catering is great. Visit the website for more information.
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.
Minnesota's seems like it landed in the wrong state, but no one on Long Island is complaining... live music or karaoke entertainment and an outdoor deck where food is served all summer long draw crowds. The restaurant, cooking up seafood & specials every day, becomes a 21 and over nightspot after 10 p.m. Energetic live performances, top 40 tracks, dance & house, rock music, ladies' night, and a fabulous atmosphere make this restaurant and club an excellent place to have fun.
Principally a live music venue, The Long Beach Inn devotes plenty of energy to creating a wonderful concert schedule for music enthusiasts on Long Island, with great results. Special nights all week long tempt guests to satisfy their hunger at the restaurant - try Taco Tuesday - or dance to DJ mixes and happy hour acoustic sets before enjoying performances by great East Coast bands. See website for details and photo galleries.
This may be the best of the 57th Street theme restaurants. Certainly, it is the most authentic New York City spot on the block, serving old-fashioned favorites like cheese blintzes and a massive roast beef sandwich. It is far more expensive than most diners, but it will save you a trip across the Brooklyn Bridge. It is also thoughtfully decorated with plenty of New York City memorabilia. Try the cheesecake.
Although the interiors display understated elegance with candle-lit dinner tables, linens and paintings, the ambiance is energetic with loud live music and a crowded bar. The 85-seater restaurant serves traditional Cuban cuisine as well as other Latin specialties. The bar with its collection of assorted wines and liquors is one of the main attractions. Tuesdays are Bolero nights and till Sunday live acts are performed. Check website for details.
Bricco, the popular restaurant needs no introduction, because it's famous already and known for its friendly wait-staff inspired by the personal attention of proprietor Nico Catuogno. The Southern Italian menu includes delicacies like Pollo alla Griglia, Rigatoni dell' Avvocato, Vongole in Guazzetto, Fagioli barlotti and pizzas. The pretty-looking establishment offers 175 seats, parking across the street, free delivery in nearby locations, and a full liquor bar. For reservations and further information hit the website.
So you think you know what hamburgers is all about? Wrong. One visit to Vizio's and you encounter hamburgers in every possible variety of stuffing. Try their ostrich burger, Kobe burger, bison burger, elk burger and even wild boar burgers! Not just that, there are a range of grilled foods, sandwiches, appetizers, side dishes and salads to indulge in. Pork Chops with mashed potatoes and gravy is yummy! All products used are natural and free of trans-fat, antibiotics, and growth hormones making it a haven for the health freaks. Their brunch menu including Eggs Benedict is very popular with locals. Top any of these with a 'fiberactive' or 'fruitilicious smoothie'. Or keep it simple and have a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice instead.
Located in Midtown, Tanner Smith is a modern-day speakeasy with the trappings of an era gone by. Seat yourself at the main bar area inspired by a 20th century libation house. The namesake, Tanner Smith was associated with bootleggers from the Prohibition Era, which is where this old-time cocktail bar derives its name. While the ground level bar has elements of taxidermy, is strewn with teapots and carries a saloon-eqsue air, the underground space is where creative cocktails are served, some even in tea-pots and tea-cups. Dig into small plates, cured meats, burgers and flat-breads to soak up the booze.
New York Boutique & Café serves an array of Petrossian's signature caviar. Other delicacies on the shelves include smoked fish, foie gras & pâté. An assortment of rich chocolates, pastries and tarts is also available. The café serves a selection of specialty teas & coffee. Almond and Chocolate Croissants are a must when at Petrossian's. Their double chocolate pecan cookies are simply amazing.