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New York City

Eating & drinking

You can eat exceptionally well in New York City and pay a fortune doing so, fortunately there are also plenty of cheap places where you can grab a bagel, pretzel, hot dog or a slice of pizza.


Many New Yorkers start the day with a bagel and coffee. You can head to any deli or find a bagel stand near Central Park. H&H Bagels (639 W 46th Street, New York, NY 10036; bus M50 & 2239 Broadway, New York, NY 10024; subway 79th Street (1)) are a New York institution and their two Manhattan stores sell fresh bagels around the clock. You could also head to Zabar’s (2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024; subway 79th Street (1); open Mon-Fri 8am-7.30pm, Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 9am-6pm) for a bagel and coffee and then stock up on picnic supplies at their legendary delicatessen.

Zabar's on the Upper West Side is the best place in New York City to buy picnic supplies

Zabar's on the Upper West Side is the best place to buy picnic supplies


New York's most famous deli is Katz’s (205 E Houston Street, New York; subway 2 Avenue-Lower East Side (F, V), Essex Street-Delancey Street (F, J, M, Z); open Mon-Tue 8am-9.45pm, Wed-Thu 8am-10.45pm, Fri-Sat 8am-2.45am, Sun 8am-10.45pm). This famous delicatessen attracts famous customers that come for its amazing sandwiches, but it is most famous for the fake orgasm scene from When Harry Met Sally.

Katz's Delicastessen in the Lower East Side

Katz's Delicatessen in the Lower East Side


Carnegie Deli (854 Seventh Avenue, New York; subway 7 Avenue (B, D, E), 57 Street (N, Q, R, W); open 6.30am-4am daily) is another famous New York deli. Their massive pastrami, corned beef and brisket sandwiches, including their famous Broadway Danny Rose, are loaded with around half a kilo of meat.


Just up the road from its rival, the Carnegie Deli, is the Stage Deli (834 Seventh Avenue, New York; subway 7 Avenue (B, D, E); open 6am-1.30am daily), which is also well-known for its massive pastrami sandwiches.


Only a vegetarian would visit New York and not eat a hot dog and Gray’s Papaya is reputed to have the best hot dogs in the city. This local institution is famous for its hot dogs and fruit juice and has three locations (539 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10018; subway 34th Street-Penn Station (A, C, E); 402 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10011; subway Christopher Street-Sheridan Square (1); W 4th Street (A, B, C, D, E, F, V); PATH 9th Street & 2090 Broadway, New York, NY 10023; subway 72nd Street (1, 2, 3)) that are open 24 hours. A hot dog at Gray’s Papaya is $1.25 and their Recession Special (two hot dogs and a drink) is $4.95. Papaya Dog and Papaya King are two other similar hot dog and fruit juice places that you will see around Manhattan.


Another famous hot dog place is Nathan's Famous. Although there are over 200 Nathan's branches, it is the original at Coney Island (1310 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn; subway Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue (D, F, N, Q)) that still attracts thousands of visitors who say it is worth riding the subway to the end of the line at Coney Island for their famous hot dogs.


The Shake Shack is a fancy hamburger spot with three New York locations, but the original location in Madison Square Park (Madison Avenue & East 23rd Street, New York; subway 23 Street (R, W), 23 Street (6); open 11am-9pm daily) is most people's favourite partly for the outdoor seating under the shadow of two of the city's classic highrise buildings (the Flatiron Building and the Met Life Tower). The Shake Shack's menu is comprised of burgers, hot dogs, frozen custard and thickshakes and unlike most American burger joints you can enjoy a beer or wine with your meal.


Another New York institution are the ubiquitous places that sell pizza by the slice. You may argue that both Chicago and Italy have better pizza, but there is no arguing that a slice can satisfy your late night cravings.


There are over 230 pizza restaurants in the city that use the name Ray's including the original Ray's Pizza (27 Prince Street, New York; subway Broadway-Lafayette Street (B, D, F, V), Prince Street (R, W), Spring Street (6); open noon-11pm daily) and the Famous Ray's Pizza (465 Sixth Avenue, New York; subway 6 Avenue-14 Street (F, L, V), PATH 9 Street, 14 Street; open Mon-Sat 9am-6pm). Other copycat pizza joints have names like Original Ray's, World Famous Ray's, Famous Original Ray's, World Famous Original Ray's and so on. There is even a pizza place in Brooklyn called Not Ray's.


Although there are many places selling slices for $3 to $4, it is possible to get a slice of pizza for just one dollar. Both Two Bros Pizza (542 Ninth Avenue, New York; subway 42 Street-Port Authority Bus Terminal (A, C, E)) and 99c Fresh Pizza (569 Ninth Avenue, New York; subway 42 Street-Port Authority Bus Terminal (A, C, E)) have $1 slices and a combo with two slices of pizza and a can of soft drink for only $2.75. Both are on Ninth Avenue behind the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

A slice of pizza only costs $1 at Two Bros Pizza near the Port Authority Bus Terminal

Pizza only costs $1 a slice at 2 Bros Pizza near the Port Authority Bus Terminal

Even though Seinfield stopped running in 1998, many visitors to New York City make a pilgrimage to Tom’s Restaurant (2880 Broadway, New York, NY 10025; subway Cathedral Parkway-110th Street; open Mon-Wed 6am-1.30am, Thu-Sat 24 hours, Sun 6am-1.30am), which was the setting for Monk’s Café in the show. Unfortunately Soup Kitchen International – the inspiration for the Soup Nazi episode – on W 55th Street closed in late 2006 although the legend lives on in the spin-off Original Soup Man franchise with three Manhattan locations (4 East 42nd Street, New York; subway 5 Avenue (7); open Mon-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-6pm; 2 Astor Place, New York; subway 8 Street-NYU (R, W), Astor Place (6); open Mon-Fri 11am-10pm, Sat-Sun 11am-11pm; 110 Pearl Street, New York; subway Wall Street (2, 3); open Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat 11am-9pm).


New York is noted for its cheesecake and one of the city's favourite cheesecake places is Junior's. The original location in downtown Brooklyn (386 Flatbush Avenue Extension, Brooklyn; subway Dekalb Avenue (B, M, Q, R), Nevins Street (2, 3, 4, 5); open Mon-Thu 6.30am-midnight, Fri-Sat 6.30am-1am, Sun 6.30am-midnight) is the most authentic, but most tourists visit their branches in Times Square (1515 Broadway, New York; subway 42 Street-Times Square (1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, S, W; open Mon-Thu 6.30am-midnight, Fri-Sat 6.30am-1am, Sun 6.30am-11pm) and the Dining Concourse of Grand Central Terminal (87 East 42nd Street, New York; subway 42 Street-Grand Central (4, 5, 6, 7, S); open Mon-Sat 6am-10am, Sun 8am-8pm). Junior's menu also includes burgers and deli sandwiches. Of course Junior's isn't the only place in New York with great cheesecake and many other restaurants, including Carnegie Deli, also make great cheesecake.


While New York has an abundance of virtually every type of shop, it can be hard to find a decent supermarket in Manhattan, although there are pharmacies on virtually every second corner (which sell beer, cigarettes and frozen pizza). Supermarkets do exist, however, they're just hard to find. The main supermarket chains in Manhattan are C-Town, D'Agostino, the Food Emporium, Gristedes and Whole Foods Market.


The most conveniently-located supermarkets, by neighbourhood, are:


225 Eighth Avenue, New York

Subway 23 Street (C, E)

Open 6am-midnight daily)


307 West 26th Street, New York

Subway 23 Street (C, E)

Open 6am-midnight daily

Whole Foods Market

250 Seventh Avenue, New York

Subway 23 Street (1)

Open 9am-11pm daily


64 University Place, New York

Subway 8 Street-NYU (R, W), 14 Street-Union Square 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R, W

Open 8am-10pm daily

Whole Foods Market

95 East Houston Street, New York

Subway 2 Avenue-Lower East Side (F, V)

Open 8am-11pm daily

The Food Emporium

452 West 43rd Street, New York

Subway 42 Street-Port Authority (A, C, E)

Open Mon-Sat 7am-1am, Sun 8am-1am

The Food Emporium

810 Eighth Avenue, New York

Subway 50 Street (C, E)

Open 7am-midnight daily

Whole Foods Market

Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle, New York

Subway 59 Street-Columbus Circle (1, A, B, C, D)

Open 8am-11pm daily

The Food Emporium

10 Union Square, New York

Subway 14 Street-Union Square (4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R, W)

Open Mon-Sat 7am-midnight, Sun 8am-midnight

Whole Foods Market

4 Union Square South, New York

Subway 14 Street-Union Square (4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R, W)

Open 8am-11pm daily


633 Columbus Avenue, New York

Subway 86 Street (B, C), 96 Street (B, C)

Open 8am-10pm daily

The Food Emporium

2415 Broadway, New York

Subway 86 Street (1)

Open Mon-Sat 7am-11pm, Sun 7am-10pm


262 West 96 Street, New York

Subway 96 Street (1, 2, 3)

Open Mon-Sat 6am-1am, Sun 7am-midnight


2704 Broadway, New York

Subway 103 Street (1)

Open 24 hours

Whole Foods Market

808 Columbus Avenue, New York

Subway 96 Street (B, C)

Open 8am-11pm daily


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