New York is renown as the city with one of the most eateries per capita in North America. With a population of over 8 million and all its 54 million tourists to feed every year, you would expect NYC to excel in the food department. Eating some New York staples like a pastrami sandwich or a chili hot dog are a must. Here's a list of restaurants you must try at least once if you visit Manhattan:
Pastrami Sandwich with pickles at Katz's Deli
205E Houston St., Lower East Village
If you're looking for New York's staple food, then you definitely need to make a stop at Katz's Deli. We tasted the Katz's pastrami sandwich for the first time and we were quite impressed with the succulent taste. Add the side order of pickles and you are all set for a great tasting meal. We're natives from Montreal and no stranger to smoked meat - pastrami's arch rival. The end result, they're two completely different tastes, but pastrami definitely left us with a feeling of fulfillment.
Lobster Roll at Luke's Lobster
Various Locations across the city
To find a restaurant with affordable seafood in the Big Apple is quite an achievement. We have never tried something so appetizing as the lobster roll at Luke's Lobster. You can also try the sampler which also includes crab and shrimp rolls.
Lox Cream Cheese Bagel at Russ & Daughters
179E Houston St., Lower East Village
The smoked salmon or lox bagel (as most will call it) offers so much at this 100 year-old establishment. When you combine the high quality salmon with the old fashioned style cream cheese, you get a mouth watering meal. Place your order at the counter with the friendly staff. You will get a feel of that old New York style service as it's all prepared right in front of you. Don't forget to stack some onions or capers to add even more flavor...as if it was needed!
Burger at Shake Shack
Various locations around the city
A high quality fast food joint with tasty burgers, Shake Shack offers some of the best food on the go. Indulge at one of the most popular burger spots in town. It's served with 100% Angus beef along with your customary fries, drinks, or frozen custards.
Slice of Pizza at Joe's Pizza
7 Carmine Street, Greenwich Village
Enjoy a slice at this famous pizza joint. Considered one of the tastiest and least expensive slices in town, there's no reason to miss out on this bargain deal. Large slices filled with tasty toppings can hit the spot for anyone on the go. Joe's Pizza is always a busy hot spot and a favorite stop for anyone located in Greenwich Village. It's also popular among many Hollywood celebrities and here's your opportunity to maybe meet one!
Cheeseburger at Burger Joint
119 W 56 St.
Restaurant is located inside Le Park Meridien Hotel right behind the red curtains
Tucked away on the side of the hotel's lobby, this place is an experience on its own. You might have to wait the line-ups for this discovery and seating is limited, but the burgers are superb. Bring a pen or marker and sign the wall - that's right, leave your mark at this excellent burger joint.
P.H.O. #1 Sandwich at Sunny and Annie's Deli
94 Avenue B, East Village
Find this hidden gem in the Lower East Side, a 24-hour convenience store that makes fantastic deli sandwiches. You get a large selection to choose from (a detailed hand-written menu) and with some quirky service to add to the experience. Sunny and Annie's Deli offers another one of those great New York experiences for food lovers. The P.H.O. sandwich delivers a mix of beef, beans and Sriracha sauce and it's certainly mouth-watering.
Noodles at Xi'an Famous Foods
Various locations around the city
If you are looking for Chinese food, look no further than Xi'an Famous Foods. This place offers a wide range of choices from fresh noodles to their popular pork or lamb burgers. Their spicy noodles (and we do mean spicy!) are some of the tastiest noodles we ever tried. Enjoy a generous dish at a generous price.
Chicken and Rice at The Halal Guys
Various locations across the city
Probably the most popular street food in NYC right about now, Halal Guys is a perfect quick stop for anyone on the go. Enjoy their gyro, falafel or chicken combos mixed with rice and salad. The portions are large enough to feed an appetite and don't forget the sauce. That stuff runs out fast since people keep on pouring more and more. It's all about the sauce!
Perfect Little Egg Sandwich at Dominique Ansel Bakery
189 Spring St, Soho
You might have tasted an egg sandwich but nothing like this in your lifetime. This popular bakery offers so much, from their amazing cookies to the ever popular cronut that crowds will wait line-ups just to try. You cannot stop by Dominique Ansel Bakery without having the perfect breakfast sandwich. A brioche with scrambled eggs and melted cheese, what a wonderful treat to have if the cronut ever runs out.
Blueberry Pancakes or their Award Winning Fried Chicken and Waffles at Clinton St Baking
4 Clinton St., Lower East Village
A cozy little breakfast place in the Lower East Village, Clinton Street Bakery offers an amazing brunch. Pour some warm maple butter on their fluffy blueberry pancakes or try the now trending fried chicken and waffles. Try arriving during the opening hours because there is always a wait and preferably avoid weekends. Do not expect to make reservations even if you're a celebrity. They have a neat waiting system where you're notified by phone or text when your table is ready. You can also download their no wait app.
The Breakfast Melt at Murray's Cheese Shop
254 Bleecker St., Greenwich Village
Head over to this market for its large assortment of cheeses, cured meats and wine. Make sure to arrive before 4 p.m. and enjoy their breakfast sandwich selection. Take a number and order at the side counter the classic Murray's Cheese Melt or any of the various grilled cheese sandwiches available and you will not leave disappointed.
Everything Bagel with Cream Cheese at Absolute Bagels
2788 Broadway, Upper West Side
Enjoy the best bagels in town. Choose from a large variety of bagels and spreads all prepared before your eyes. A cash only store at affordable prices and a generous amount of cream cheese, Absolute Bagels can definitely gather a crowd.
BEC (Bacon, Egg, Cheese) at Ess-a-bagel
831 3rd Avenue, Midtown
Everything Bagel at Ess-a-Bagel
Another great bagel place located in Midtown offering some tasty, thick and chewy bagels with many options of cream cheese, eggs and tofu. They also offer many sandwiches, salads and beverages. The wait can be long to order but their fresh bagels are second to none.
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