What is the true taste of New York City? Yes, you can dine on the cuisines of the world (especially in the boroughs) and if a food or a chef is trendy, you will find that here for sure; but what are the dining experiences that are nowhere better, meals in which the flavor is all about New York? Certainly you want a great pastrami sandwich in a vintage deli: for that, Katz’s down on Houston Street is definitive. For lox and bagels and the best smoked fish, Barney Greengrass uptown is the best place on earth. The primest of prime steak in a clubby steak house (and at the primest prices) remains a pinnacle of New York excellence, at its best just over the bridge in Brooklyn at Peter Luger. A true taste of the city is not all top-dollar fare. A hot dog at Gray’s Papaya is a must, as is coal-oven pizza at Patsy’s and falafel at a streetcorner stand or, better yet, at Taim Falafel & Smoothie Bar. For noshing between meals, pick up really good bagels at Leo’s, the world’s most wonderful cookies at Levain Bakery, and pie and cake to die for at Yura.
The best deli sandwiches are made at Katz's on the Lower East Side. It's the grandaddy of urban delicatessens – since 1888, an only-in-New York experience.
Lean, silky sturgeon, cured salmon,snow-white whitefish, & luscious sable (plus great babkas!) make Barney Greengrass an Upper West Side New York deli landmark.