Not all the skyscrapers in New York City are made of glass and marble. This sign, hanging on the wall of the famous Carnegie Deli, pretty much says it all. The sandwiches here are massive, towering stacks of meat and cheese – and they’re delicious.

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Have you ever stood in line for a sandwich? You will at Carnegie Deli New York City, especially during the lunch rush.  Seating is a bit run-amok, squeezed into rooms lined with headshots of celebrities like Vicki Lawrence, Alec Baldwin and David Hasselhoff. You might share a table, as I did during lunch, and if your party is large you might not all be seated together. The staff is on top of the rush – they’re used to it – and the experience is all very New York City: loud, crowded and fast-paced.

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Carnegie Deli Menu

The Carnegie Deli menu is large, lengthy and pricey. But there’s a reason, I’m told, as the portions are supposed to match the prices. As I look at orders being served, I’m starting to believe the hype. As this was my first time at Carnegie Deli, my chatty waiter recommended the corned beef and pastrami – otherwise known as the “Woody Allen.” Two others options were tempting my tummy: the Carnegie Famous Reuben and Big Macher Turkey Club. Munching on complimentary half and full sour pickles (the half were my favorites), I decided to go with the Famous Reuben, corned beef style. Hey, it’s famous for a reason right? And with a price of $27.95 it must be the Reuben-to-beat-all-Reubens.

My expectations as high as the sandwiches being served, the almost-laughable portion size sandwich arrived. Start with rye bread, add a pound of hand-carved corned beef, pile on the sauerkraut and then a pound of melted Swiss cheese. That’s the Reuben.

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The Famous Reuben

Suddenly it made total sense it was served open face, as there was no way I could’ve are it otherwise. Fork in hand, my first bit of warm, ooey-gooey cheese, savory corned beef and pickled sauerkraut was delicious. In fact, I couldn’t put my fork down. I even tried dipping my piled-high-fork in the Thousand Island dressing provided – and liked it. Which says a lot, as normally I’m a strict mustard-only Reuben girl. This dressing complimented all the other flavors, wasn’t overpowering and didn’t have a heavy mayonnaise flavor. My pride a bit bruised, I could finish only a quarter of the sandwich. I tried to eat more. I went back for more bites. But in the end the sandwich one. No one expects you to finish, though. The mountain-sized sandwiches are part of the shtick.

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If you can, try to save room for dessert. Carnegie Deli New York City is just as famous for their cheesecake, something I soon learn as I watch a wedge of cream cheese filled cheesecake topped with strawberries be delivered to a nearby table. For 11.99 a slice, regular, strawberry-, blueberry-, or cherry-topped cheesecake could be all mine. Feeling full yet still craving a bite, I order the strawberry cheesecake. My eyes are cartoonish wide as I look at the cheesecake before me, and they widen with delight at the dense yet creamy, sweet yet slightly tart flavor.

Just-ate-thanksgiving-style stuffed, my meal at Carnegie Deli New York City was complete. The landmark deli, serving meat stacks since 1937, is a throwback in many ways. From the style of sandwiches to the cash-only register, tradition is the meat of the Carnegie Deli experience.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting New York City to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

You’ve made it! And if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. At least that’s what the New York City, pop culture sound bites would have you believe. An iconic American city, more than 40 million people from around the globe visit here yearly. To prove you’re one of those millions, you’re going to want the perfect purchase or kitschy souvenir to prove it. You’ve always wanted one of those “I Heart NY” shirts haven’t you?

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Where to Buy New York City Souvenirs

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On just about every corner a New York City souvenir shop can be found, especially the closer you get to Times Square. These shops are ideal for mass-produced-yet-still-coveted items like t-shirts, onesies, tote bags, umbrellas, figurines and more.

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Shopping in Times Square

Pop into one to get the signature souvenir items you want. On my list, a New York City tee, John Lennon-style shirt and landmark-laden postcards – all of which were easy to find. Shopkeepers at all of the souvenir shops are extra helpful. Some might say pushy, but its part of the NYC experience.

Aside from the basic souvenir shops, Times Square’s brightly lit shopping ops include Disney Store, M&M’s World, Toys ‘r Us (with carousel inside!) and Grand Slam (a baseball-merch mecca).

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At an attraction where art is celebrated, you’ll find The Met Store. Items range from art prints (my favorite) to jewelry, apparel and art books. It’s a top shopping stop as it celebrates New York City culture, and lets you take a piece home with you.

Outside The Met is another favorite place of mine for souvenir shopping – at least if you’re in to art. Street vendors line the sidewalk, some selling signature paintings and others reprints of city sights. If you’re like me, you’ll find two or three pieces to purchase. Just be sure to bring cash.

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NBC Experience Store

Every avid pop culture enthusiast needs to hit up the NBC Experience Store. Located across from Rockefeller Center, Memorabilia from every NBC show past and present lines the store’s walls and racks. Pick up a new Central Perk mug or Parenthood “Team Braverman” baseball cap. It’s fun to watch people laugh at (and then purchase) items like a Saturday Night Live “Stefon” doll and “Saved by the Bell” Bayside High sweatshirt.

I was giddy at the site of a “He’s Her Lobster” shirt (a classic quote from Friends, if you didn’t know). And yes, I bought it. I recommend visiting the store after the NBC Studio Tour.

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Photo Credit: Prayitno

South Street Seaport

Walk the cobblestone streets of South Street Seaport, surrounded by some of the oldest architecture in Manhattan and try not to fall in love. Sweeping views of the East River and Brooklyn Bridge, as well as renovated sailing ships in port, add to the atmosphere. An outing at Seaport is a juxtaposition of classic and modern themes, as the historic district is lined with popular name brand stores, unique boutiques and charming cafes. I wasn’t able to make it to all the shops (if you do, my applause). That said, Limelight Shops with their specially curated selections and SuperDry, a Japanese/American vintage brand gave good retail therapy. Bowne & Co. Stationers and South Street Local Artists were two other standouts, both for their historic and locally infused flair.

All that shopping and sightseeing works up an appetite. Cuisines and flavors from across the globe are Seaport’s offerings, which made it hard for me to pick a place. Ultimately, the lively yet welcoming Ambrose Hall won. The rustic beer hall has local craft brews on tap (try the Coney Island Watermelon Wheat), and simple yet delicious baguette sliders and hot sandwiches.

There are an absolutely endless amount of places to shop in New York City. These are just a few of my favorite stops for souvenirs. Let me know about your can’t-miss souvenir stops in the comments.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting New York City to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

On Spring Street in New York City I found a slice of pizza heaven. Formed by brick walls mortared with history, Lombardis Pizza NYC is an old-world style New York City pizza joint. Tables sheathed in red-and-white checkered table cloths, brick walls and throwback black and white photos create a cozy yet authentic atmosphere for chowing on some of the best pizza in Manhattan.

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Many have entered the gates of this pizza heaven. Lombardis has been serving pizza pies since 1905. In fact, it’s recognized as the first pizzeria in the United States. Pizza lore and numerous rankings on “Best Pizza in New York City” lists make Lombardis a well-visited eatery, with waits expected. But as its heaven, you don’t really mind. What did make it painful? The sights and aromas of the coal-oven, thin-crust pizzas that weren’t mine. But a stomach rumbling with jealousy was eased by a short wait for a table.

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Main Dining Room at Lombardi’s

Sticking to the classics is key to the Lombardis Pizza NYC dining experience. Their no-frills menu has a few salads, appetizers and calzones, but for the most part is strictly pizza. That’s what Lombardis does best, so why bother with anything else? Order their standard margherita pie: a Neapolitan-style creation with fresh mozzarella, a San Marzano sauce, fresh basil and Romano cheese. This base can be topped with sweet Italian sausage, pancetta, mushrooms, roasted pepper, homemade meatballs and everything in between. As a pepperoni girl through-and-through, I choose a classic topping to keep it simple. This was my first time eating at Lombardi’s, so I really wanted the flavor of this much-touted pie to stand on its own.

Sipping slowly on my soda (no free refills here), I observed the original room of Lombardis Pizza NYC. Tables are full with pizza-loving patrons. Families, couples, locals and out-of-towners. A mix of people, but one goal: to dine at pizza heaven.

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The original pizza topped with pepperoni. Yum!

My pizza arrived, after a somewhat-long turnaround, looking like a poster-child for the “delicious New York City pizza.” My taste buds lit up with delight at first bite, then traipsed around like a fool in love and circled back for another slice. And then one more. It was that good. Crispy on the outside, chewy inside, it was charred in just the right places. The savory, perfectly-seasoned sauce highlights the flavor of the crust. Then there’s the cheese. Even though it’s used sparingly, the cheese stretches in strings from the pie slice in an almost cartoon-like fashion. It’s the stuff of dreams – the kind that come true in pizza heaven. The nicely-spiced pepperoni added an extra flavor burst, but the pie’s base was the star of the show.

Now a Lombardis convert, I can easily recommend this historic New City pizza landmark. Keep in mind Lombardi’s is old school in more ways than just their pizza recipe – they only take cash. If you happen to stop here without any, an ATM is located on-site.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting New York City to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

New York City’s restaurant scene in the Theater District has exploded in the past few years, with new dining spots springing up left and right. It can be difficult to find a great pre-theater meal around Times Square and the Theater District because prices tend to be high. But this is a sizeable neighborhood and if you look off the beaten path, you’ll find plenty of bargains and a variety of top-notch restaurants from contemporary to classic. An array of tasty cuisine can be found in the New York City Theater District, and combining a Broadway show with a great place to eat near the event will make your entire evening enjoyable.

Use my guide to where to eat before a Broadway show:

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Joe Allen
One of the more reasonably priced American-cuisine restaurants right in the heart of the Theater District, Joe Allen has been serving great food to Broadway performers, theatergoers and tourists for 50 years. This lovely restaurant at 326 West 46th St just two blocks from Times Square is a great place to get a good well-rounded meal when you’re short on time. Joe Allen has a comfortable atmosphere with nothing too fancy, pricey or pretentious.

This isn’t a glitzy restaurant and the menu is not very large or exotic, but there is something for everyone. Try the marinated grilled chicken with mashed potatoes. It’s outstanding! While you enjoy the food, you can ogle the old Broadway posters on the walls. The restaurant is known for its “Posters of Broadway Bombs.” This Theater District hot spot is an ideal option for dining without worrying about missing your show. Just let the staff know and they’ll be sure to time things appropriately so you get to the theater in time for the opening number.

Joe Allen is also a treat after the theater, for lounging amid the posters of first-night flops. While there, you may get to see some of your favorite Broadway stars hanging out after their performances. Reservations are necessary.

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Don Antonio
If you’re in the mood for one of the best pizzas in New York City, stop at Don Antonio’s. It’s as good as it gets! Opened in 2012, the restaurant at 309 W. 50th St. offers a classic, creative Neapolitan-style pizza. The cheese and sauce on their pies are fresh, and the crusts of their Pizza Fritta, which is filled with cherry tomatoes, homemade mozzarella, fresh ricotta and salami, are slightly fried until lightly crisped and puffy.

The menu ranges from classics like the margherita to slightly odd – but delicious – pies including the Racchetta, a tennis racquet-shaped pizza with the head topped in cheeses and vegetables and the handle a crisp-chewy crust. Vegetarian options are also available. On the weekends, the restaurant is open from 11:30 a.m. straight through dinner; on weekdays, it’s closed for an hour between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. You don’t need reservations, but show up with a little time to spare.

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Toloache
Mexican fare is taking off these days, and this popular restaurant at 251 W.50th Street, off Eighth Avenue is one of the best in the city. A contemporary Mexican Bistro, Toloache opened in 2007 in the Theater District offering a wide selection of Mexican food, plus an extensive vegetarian menu. The appetizers and entrees feature ceviches, tacos, oyster shooters and ribs. Three versions of the guacamole are offered. There is plain, a fairly traditional mixture of roughly mashed avocado with some onion and Serrano chilies, a small dice of tomatoes and a sprinkling of cilantro lives. A fierier recipe offers chipotle and more tomatoes, a hint of queso fresco, and some red onions. It’s all delicious! Toloache isn’t a fancy restaurant, but the fact that its always packed should tell you something. The food, great service and colorful, vibrant atmosphere with hand painted plates and tiles on the walls to wrought iron lighting make this a great place to dine before a show. Early reservations are a must. Settle in and enjoy inventive guacamoles – including one with mango and pomegranate, and another with chipotle. Top off your meal with a tangy margarita just in time to hit your Broadway show. The restaurant closes at 10 p.m. on Sundays and Mondays, 11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 12:00 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

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Head south of West 42nd Street for a restaurant away from the chaos of Times Square. Situated on a stretch of 9th Avenue overcrowded with Thai restaurants, Larb Ubol stands out from the rest. This cheerful sit-down restaurant, decorated in bright colors, specializes in Thai food from the Isan region of Thailand – known as the country’s best. Whether you go for the green papaya som tumsalad, the rich and spicy Pad Ped Moo Krob (slices of crispy pork with fresh red curry sauce and Thai eggplant) or the ground-meat larbsalads – the restaurant’s namesake – everything is likely to have a perfect balance of flavors. For the kids or those who want something a little more traditional, a simple dish of grilled children, beautifully prepared with flavorful sauces is very good. If you’re stopping by before a matinee, the lunch specials are an excellent deal, starting at just $8.

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Barbetta
This historical landmark restaurant at 321 W. 46th St. is more than a century old – in fact, its one of the oldest restaurants in the city that’s still run by its founding family. When you step into the dining room, you’ll feel like royalty. The history is evident throughout decorated with antique candle holders to ornate chandeliers from a palazzo in Torino. The back garden is surrounded by lush greenery, has a gurgling fountain, wrought-iron tables and elegant lighting. Barbetta specializes in the Italian-style cuisine of Piemonte. The pre-theater dinner gets you Parmigiano biscotti, a starter, a main such as roast rabbit or swordfish with lentisl, salad, dessert and coffee for $58. or you can opt to order a la carte for a simpler Italian meal.

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DB Bistro Moderne
Just east of the Theater District at 55 W. 44th St. between the Avenue of the Americas and 5th Ave. Midtown West, this stylish French-American eatery is a quick stroll from any theater below West 50th Street and it gets you away from the hustle and bustle of Times Square. Their pre-theater meal, served Tuesday to Saturday from 5 to 6:30 p.m., offers three courses for $48, and includes such favorites as gnocchi with roasted corn and poussin with baby leeks, and a wide selection of salads. This classic New York City diner offers a calm, modern ambience. The brunch menu is wonderful and dinner a la carte brings even more options. Try the famed D/B burger with short ribs, foie gras and a black truffle-parmesan bun. It’s a legendary local favorite.

Now that you know where to eat before a Broadway show, you’re all set for a great night in NYC.

New York City may be a culinary wonderland, but we all know what food we really think of when this city comes to mind: pizza! It’s an iconic New York dish, and one that’s hotly debated. What makes a good pizza? Thick or thin crust? Slices or squares? Who makes the best NYC pizza? I’m here to answer those questions and more as I serve up 10 pizzerias that’ll change your life.

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Lombardi’s Pizzeria

Lombardi’s Pizzeria
32 Spring St, New York City
As the oldest Pizzeria in New York City, Lombardi’s defines what a classic New York City pizza should be. The pizza parlor, with red and white checkered tablecloths and vibrant paintings has an old-world charm. Their thin crust Neapolitan pizzas are made with a tried and true recipe (the same since 1905), and coal-fired for extra flavor. Order the original margherita pizza, add deli-style pepperoni. Then, be prepared for ooey-gooey cheesy goodness that doesn’t end. Lombardi’s introduced pizza to America, and this alone makes them one of the best NYC pizza places.

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John’s of Times Square
260 W 44th St, New York City
A famous pizzeria slinging trademark thin-crust pies, John’s of Times Square is a massive Midtown space meaning no waits and fast service. Located in a former church, there are still design elements, like stained glass mosaics, that make the setting standout. The made-to-order wood oven pizzas are huge. HUGE. The sauce is spot on. And the toppings are fresh. You can’t go wrong with the classic margherita pizza but pepperoni does make everything better.

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John’s of Bleecker Street
278 Bleecker St, New York City
So John’s are apparently very good at making pizzas. That said, this pizzeria, open since 1929, has a totally different spin on pies. A crispy yet chewy crust has a hand-tossed thickness kissed by a charcoal oven for extra flavor. The sauce is rich, basil and garlic essential, and their calzones are raved about by locals in the know. The dining rooms at John’s, with faded wood paneling and murals, look like they haven’t been updated since opening—but that’s part of the charm. Be prepared for a wait as space is limited.

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Don Antonio by Starita
309 W 50th St, New York City
The first time I ate at Don Antonio’s, I stumbled across it before a Broadway show. Little did I know I’d found one of the most raved-about NYC pizza joints. Don Antonio’s deep fried pies are a love song to all things dough. As a crust enthusiast, my taste buds lit up at the taste. Thick and chewy, it has a light crisp. Then, there’s the buffalo mozzarella, ripe tomatoes and wood burning oven that brings it all together. If you’re dining solo, opt for a seat at the window counter and people watch. I recommend the Marina Starita (their signature pie), side of Peroni please.

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Grimaldi’s
1 Front St, Brooklyn
Located under the Brooklyn Bridge, Grimaldi’s is a Brooklyn staple serving some of the best NYC pizza. Their reputation for tasty pizza pies creates lines that are out the door, and down the street. Don’t worry—this delicious delight is worth it! A thin, light and airy crust topped with fresh mozzarella, plum tomatoes, and toppings of your choice is cooked to perfection in an aged brick oven. As you pass by (or stand in line) the smell alone will taunt your taste buds. Grimaldi’s portions are massive, and they don’t skimp on the ingredients. When I order my favorite, each bite includes pepperoni and sausage. It adds to the oh-my-gosh-this-is-good flavor.

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Di Fara
1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn
Helmed by Dom Demarco since 1964, Di Fara is renowned for its pizza and has the lines to prove it. The fandom isn’t without cause: Di Fara was #1 on the Zagat Survey’s pizza list for eight years running (2007-2014) and is lauded by the Food Network, Anthony Bourdain and publications like New York, Serious Eats and Frommer’s. Even with all of those acclaims, the restaurant is unassuming and deeply casual. Ingredients are ordered from Italy, and Demarco is the only one allowed to make the pies. If he’s unavailable, no pizza for you!

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Paulie Gee’s
60 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn
This rustic pizza parlor is ran by Paul Giannone, a pizza enthusiast turned professional since opening Paulie Gee’s in 2010. Known for their dedication to quality ingredients and pun-filled menus, guests can expect the unexpected while dining here. Unusual combos like the brunch-inspired Monte Cristo combines mild Gouda, Canadian bacon and maple syrup, while the Greenpoint Benedict layers fresh mozzarella, baby spinach, Canadian bacon and a post-oven hollandaise drizzle. The punny-menu is also filled with mouth-watering creations like the King Henry and Ricotta Be Kiddin’ Me that put a fresh spin on old favorites.

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Keste
271 Bleecker St., New York
The president of the American chapter of Associazione Pizzaiuoli Napoletani, Robert Caporuscio, owns Keste which means he creates some of the best certified authentic Neapolitan pie. They’re made with imported tomatoes, cheese and flour, then wood-fired in a 1000-deggree oven for a smoky char. To add to the authenticity, the oven was made by craftsmen from Naples to ensure the correct Neapolitan flavors. The shoebox-sized establishment may be a tight squeeze for diners, but the pizzas deliver a love letter of scrumptiousness.

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Roberta’s
261 Moore St, Brooklyn
Helmed by the Best New Chef of 2011 by Food & Wine magazine, Roberta’s is well known for its quirky recipes and independent spirit. A blink-and-you’ll miss it location, next to graffitied walls, gives it a total hipster vibe. Offbeat ingredients like honey, kale and cojita cheese shape a menu that blends the best of domestic and imported flavors. The crust is light and fluffy yet crisp, toppings high quality and tomato sauce robust. I prefer to make my own custom pie, but two of my premade favorites are the Bee Sting and Beastmaster. The menu is ever-changing, though, so I’m sure I’ll have a new pick after my next visit.

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Motorino
349 East 12th Street, New York City
At Motorino, Chef Mathieu Palombino designs pizzas that are upscale. Fancy ingredients like oreganata butter and fior de latte take pizza to new levels of awesomeness. Plus, Palombino isn’t afraid to get creative with his pies, with Brussel sprouts, clams and smoked pancetta topping options. The crust is classically thin and crunchy but substantial enough to please this crust lover. I recommend choosing the Soppressata Piccanta, then topping it with sweet sausage, arugula and roasted red peppers. Yum!

The incredible thing is this is just the start of the best NYC pizza places. You can eat your way around New York City, one pizza place at a time!


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting New York City to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

 

New York City has a fabulous shopping scene that fits every taste and budget. Whether it’s searching for the latest fashions, strolling through vintage stores, looking for gifts or window-shopping, you’ll be thrilled by the amount of choices offered. From classic department stores to luxury designer boutiques, fun open-air markets, and bargain outlets, the list of places to shop is virtually endless. With so many vibrant places for shopping in New York City, where should you begin? Follow my guide for best places to splurge, save a few bucks or just window shop on your first trip to the city.

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On your first visit to the city, I recommend staying at a hotel centrally located. There are many hotels in the area very convenient to most of the major shopping areas depending on what your key interests and desired shopping activities are. You’ll want to book a place that has a decent proximity to your core plans.

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The Le Parker Meridian is located on West 56th Street between Avenue of the Americas and Seventh Ave. Ideally situated just steps away from Central Park, Carnegie Hall, Broadway theaters and the famed Fifth Avenue shops, it boasts a gorgeous indoor rooftop pool with amazing views over the city.

The Hilton New York Fashion District hotel at 152 W. 26th St. just off 7th Ave. is a perfect starting point in the heart of the city to the Midtown, Downtown, and trendy neighborhoods for shopping like Macy’s at Herald Square and the SoHo neighborhood.

Situated in New York City’s Central Park neighborhood, the Sherry Netherland at 781 Fifth Avenue is a comfortable luxurious hotel featuring a top-notch fitness center and offering amazing views of the park.

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Walk the streets of New York City

Rather than wander around on your own at first, there are public transportation options. While the Hop On/Off buses are often recommended, I prefer NYC walking tours. If you want a great guided tour, Free Tours by Foot is a fantastic way to enjoy the shops by foot with a personal shopper who will take you to some of New York’s best kept secrets.

You can also get a good feel for your surroundings on a Recessionista, Fashion & Fun Shopping tour. Led by knowledgeable guides, these tours highlight New York City’s best shops whether you’re in the market for one of a kind vintage pieces or fashionable discount clothing. Many of the shops offer visitors 10-20% discounts on purchases. Your guides will also give you information about the city on the tour while helping you. There are a variety of tours available and all cater to your desires. Tell your guide what types of stores you want to visit. Your tour will likely lead you to plenty of areas that you’d like to explore further, and your guide will also offer ideas for shopping in New York City.

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For fashion lovers, the world-famous Fifth Avenue is not to be missed. Located in the center of Manhattan, you’ll find many brand name swanky department stores. It’s possible to spend an entire afternoon at Saks Fifth Avenue, which occupies a whole city block and has ten floors of goods and apparel, and you won’t want to miss walking through Tiffany & Co., the city’s first and most famous jeweler located at 727 Fifth Ave. This awesome six-story store offers a dazzling display of jewelry from sterling silver bracelets to diamond engagement rings and watches.

Another great Fifth Ave. shop, Lord and Taylor, located in a gorgeous 10-story Italian Renaissance Revival building has everything a shopper would want featuring jewelry, cosmetics, apparel and home goods from up-and-coming designers.

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While there, check out the legendary FAO Schwarz, a childhood staple for nearly 150 years located in the General Mills Building at Fifth Ave. and 58th Street. This classic store offers unique toys and a truly unforgettable toy-shopping experience brought to life in the 1980s movie “Big” with Tom Hanks.

Abercrombie & Fitch, the sophisticated Bergdorf Goodman, Gucci, Armani, Henri Bendel, Barney’s New York, and many more are pricey, but well worth the visit. Come take a stroll and experience all of the stores this fashionable street has to offer.

You won’t want to miss some of the super stores in the Times Square area. Forever 21, a unique shop at 1540 Broadway is filled with an assortment of the latest trends in clothes, accessories and shoes at reasonable prices. It gets crowded but you’ll find great gifts and can stock up on some of the season’s hottest items at reasonable prices.

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For a lovely afternoon stroll down Broadway to 34th Street, and visit Macy’s flagship store right in the heart of Herald Square. One of the world’s largest department stores, this block long, historic art-deco landmark comes complete with the original wooden escalator from 1902 – the first to be used in an American store. Ride it up to the balcony level visitor desk and get a savings pass good for 10% off.

SoHo is another great shopping area mixing designer boutiques and one-of-a-kind shops with bargain retail stores. Big names like Chanel share streets with small stores and the vintage architecture certainly adds to the shopping experience. Many of the cast iron fronted buildings lining the cobblestone streets date back to the late 19th century. An artsy, ultra-fashionable area in downtown Manhattan, SoHo is considered a community for creative types featuring galleries, arts organizations and cultural activities.

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As you’re shopping in New York City stop by the glamorous Bloomingdale’s situated at 504 Broadway in the SoHo neighborhood and browse their beautifully merchandised assortment of trendy and luxury clothes to shoes, handbags and wedding gifts. This famed store has been a shopping paradise since 1886, providing something for the luxury shopper and the mid-range shopper alike.

Top Shop, Opening Ceremony, the kid-friendly Scholastic Store, which emphasizes education with an expansive selection of books, and Housing Works Bookstore & Café are just a handful of fun places to visit in the neighborhood. Grab an expresso and browse the latest indie-label offerings at American Two Shot, and if you’re a chocolate lover walk into Jacques Torres glass walled chocolate shop & café for some luscious goodies You’ll feel like you’re entering Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.

You’ll want to be on foot in SoHo, and be sure to bring your camera. As you wander through the neighborhood, spend some time admiring the impressive collections of art scattered around. Many events go on during the year, so check their website for when you are visiting.

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If you want to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist district, wake up early Sunday morning, and hit the Green Flea Market at 100 West 77th St. on the Upper West side, a quiet residential area nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River. Green Flea is a fun open air market to explore. For over 30 years, it has offered a variety of awesome antique, vintage and artisan items every Sunday, rain or shine. If the weather is not great, you can still hunt for vintage treasures with the vendors inside.

As you can see, there are so many exciting shopping areas in New York City than you can probably get around to in one visit. This list will help to make your first shopping experience much easier. Enjoy your adventure!

Rooftop bars in New York City are a must for any visitor whether you prefer the hotel rooftops in Times Square or the spots in the glamorous Meatpacking District in Manhattan known for its night life. The city has hundreds of rooftop bars from classy to cozy and nothing beats sipping a cocktail while gazing at gorgeous views. Here’s a sample of some of the best rooftop bars in New York City. Some places are only open seasonally through November, weather permitting. Others are open year-round. So be sure to check before heading up to the roof.

1) Metro Grill
One of the best things about this rooftop bar that sits atop Hotel Metro at 45 W. 35th St. in midtown Manhattan is its “head-on” view of the Empire State Building which is just a block away. Much of this charming rooftop with its awesome décor is covered by awnings, which means that you can still enjoy the perks of drinking outdoors, even if the weather’s not cooperating. You’ll head up to this delightful spot in a neat little elevator that takes you to the Penthouse floor. If you’re in the mood for a relaxed setting, this is the place to stop in for a cocktail.

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La Piscine
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2) LaPiscine
Perched on top of the Hotel Americano, this roof top bar features a pool turned hot tub in the winter, specialty cocktails, and great views. Take an external glass elevator to the 10th floor and you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the skyline and Hudson River. DJ’s are occasionally spinning and it’s a delightful spot just a little before dusk to catch the sun setting on the river. The hotel is located at 518 West 27th St. in the heart of Chelsea, a neighborhood just west of Broadway surrounded by art galleries and exhibits. It’s a perfect place no matter what the weather.

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3) Upstairs at the Kimberly
This classy rooftop bar high atop the Kimberly Hotel at 145 E. 50th St., in midtown Manhattan has comfortable couches, and romantic lighting. It features a gorgeous view of the Chrysler Building – the Art Deco skyscraper that looms above – from the 30th floor. A cozy rooftop with a classy atmosphere, this lovely terrace is open year-round with a retractable roof, heated flooring and an outdoor patio with its own fireplace to enjoy. The patio light bulbs add a nice touch. It usually draws after-work young professionals on the weekdays, but the weekends bring in a more diverse crowd along with some tourists.

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Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar
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4) Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar
This is absolutely one of my favorite places. If you’ve come to New York to get a good look at the most amazing views of the city, this is the spot for you. A hidden gem, there’s no other rooftop bar like this in the city. Located on the 16th Floor of the Conrad Hotel at 102 N. End. Ave. you’ll enjoy fabulous views of the Statue of Liberty, the Hudson River and New York City harbor, making it awesome at sunset. Loopy Doopy serves a variety of unique cocktails. Try the Prosecco Pina Colada ice pop. It’s a great choice. The bar’s most popular drink is the Boozy Ice Pop cocktail, a fruity People’s Pop ice pop topped with chilled Prosecco. Popular flavors are Blueberry peach, Strawberry Lemongrass and Empire Apple. The rooftop terrace is open through November, weather permitting.

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Prime at The Bentley
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5) Prime at The Bentley
A perfect place no matter what the weather, this indoor/outdoor bar located on the 21st floor of the Hotel Bentley at 500 East 62nd St. affords breathtaking views of the Upper East Side of Manhattan and the 59th St. Bridge. Its an ideal spot to enjoy the same view from inside the bar if it’s raining, snowing or hot out with its floor to ceiling, plate glass windows that surround the entire room.

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Le Bain at The Standard/Facebook

6) LeBain
With floor-to-ceiling windows, you’ll enjoy amazing views of the Hudson River and downtown Manhattan at this rooftop bar on the top floor of trendy Standard Hotel. located at 848 Washington St. If you love to dance, you’ll have a blast in this upper-trendy rooftop lounge and discotheque that features world-famous DJ’s and a state-of-the-art sound system. The location at 848 Washington St. is perfect! The drinks are a bit pricey, but it’s worth it. You won’t be disappointed!

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7) Berry Park
Gaze at the Manhattan skyline from across the East River at this unique 3,000-square foot roof deck at 4 Berry St. in Brooklyn between 13th St. and Nassau Ave. A massive warehouse recently renovated, the bar features a retractable glass roof, so it’s an ideal spot to hang out when it’s sunny or raining. A fun place with a dance floor, it gets pretty crowded every Friday and Saturday evening and there’s no cover charge. Berry Park also offers a huge screen to watch NFL or Soccer games as well as other huge sporting events. It’s a popular place with good drinks, a great atmosphere and reasonable prices.

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8) The Attic
Located on top of the Hilton Gardens Hotel at 251 West 48th in the theater district, this new super swanky rooftop feels like a relaxing getaway to Beverly Hills rather than a New York City lounge. Designed like the golden era of Hollywood with an outdoor garden, plush seating, and impressive décor, this 5,000 square foot indoor/outdoor rooftop offers a stunning view of Times Square and the skyline of Manhattan’s west side from 16 floors up. The bar features a DJ, state of the art sound system and multiple screens integrated into the design. The best time to go is during Happy Hour from 6 to 8 p.m. Prices aren’t bad. Beer, wine and well drinks are $5. The roof is open until midnight and offers a small appetizer menu. It’s a perfect place for a night out on the town.

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Pine Bar + Grill/Facebook

9) Pine Bar and Grill
If you want to feel like you’ve escaped to a relaxing tropical getaway in Miami’s sunny South Beach, one step inside this rooftop bar takes you there. Complete with an awesome palm-tree decked rooftop lounge, it opens at 6 p.m. weekdays and features “Happy Days” half-priced drinks from 3 to 7 p.m. Located at 1634 Eastchester Road in the Bronx, the bar offers a variety of specialty drinks, including the Bronx Bomber, a mixture of Grey Goose, Malibu, Peach Schnapps, cranberry juice, orange juice and sour mix.

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10) Above Rooftop
For awesome views overlooking Staten Island and the four bridges attached to it, this is the place to go. Located on the 9th floor of the Hilton Garden Inn at 1100 South Ave. in Bloomfield, this popular hot spot is one of the only rooftops in Staten Island. The bar features high decorated ceilings, an eye-catching bar and an outdoor terrace surrounding the room that just adds to the atmosphere. You can enjoy the magnificent view outside sitting by a fire pit. One of the only rooftops in Staten Island, the bar has Saturday night DJ nights, a wide range of cocktails, food and more. It’s a nice place to party!

Many of these rooftops can get crowded fast on the weekends, so it’s best to head up during the week.

Bagels are an amazing breakfast choice and New York City is famous for having the “best bagels in the world.” Stroll past any bagel bakery in the city and the scents of fresh bagels–plain, sesame, poppy, pumpernickel– will surely delight your senses. Smothered with cream cheese or other delicious toppings, these awesome, chewy creations can be found at a variety of different bagel-serving eateries in the city. I made the bagel rounds recently to taste some of the city’s authentic bagels. Here’s a look at five of the best bagel shops in New York City that should be on your must-try list.

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Fresh Baked Bagels at Absolute Bagels
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Everything Bagel with Scallion Cream Cheese
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Absolute Bagels
With a name like that, you know the bagels are going to be absolutely delicious! Located at 2788 Broadway on the upper West Side in Manhattan this Thai family owned and operated bakery has been open for over 20 years and has been a big hit with locals and visitors ever since. Some spectacular bagels come out of this bakery’s tiny kitchen and are best enjoyed fresh from the oven, piping hot. Choose from a wide variety like whole wheat, sesame, multigrain, pumpernickel, and rye. They’re great on their own but if you’re looking for creative toppings, you have 14 options of cream cheese and a variety of sweet, fruity spreads. Try the famous egg bagel. It’s as golden as a yolk and very tasty. The bagels are fairly large, but for those with smaller appetites a smaller version is offered. This upper west side shop almost always has a line out the door, but it’s worth the wait. You’ll find yourself back in no time. Trust me. Also, be sure to bring cash as it’s all they accept.

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Cream Cheese & Lox BagelPhoto Credit: wEnDy/flickr

Bagel Oasis
This neighborhood gem, located at 18312 Horace Harding Expressway in Queens, has been serving fresh, tasty bagels since it opened in 1961. Made the old-fashioned way blending water with flour, salt, and malt instead of sugar, then boiling them in a kettle before hitting the oven for the final step gives the bagels a unique hint of sweetness. You can tell from the first bite that they practically just came out of the oven and you don’t have to get it toasted for it to taste great! Open 24/7 every day of the year, this Fresh Meadows Shop hasn’t changed its old-school baking practices since day one. All bagel varieties here are natural with no preservatives and taste great by themselves; crunchy on the outer crust, moist and chewy inside. Try them plain with butter or with a delicious array of homemade cream cheese choices like blueberry, strawberry, vegetable, walnut-raisin and sun-dried tomato. If you’re a fan of cream cheese and spicy food, try their spicy jalapeno cream cheese. It’s fantastic! Bagel Oasis is 10 miles outside New York City, but well-worth the journey.

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Toasted Whole Wheat Bagel with Basil Cream Cheese
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Bergen Bagels
Locals flock to this appetizing shop and deli at 536 Myrtle Ave. in Brooklyn for the selection of quality bagels made in-house from scratch with no preservatives. You can certainly enjoy them on their own or with toppings. There are plenty of specialty cream cheeses to pair with your bagel, which are available in both regular and light varieties like olive, dill, vegetable, basil, avocado, feta, cinnamon, sun-dried tomato and tofu vegetable. All are delightful. At Bergen Bagels, which has two other Brooklyn locations, these appetizing bagels are made using the traditional methods and it shows. Every bagel is near perfection and usually hot out of the oven. Try the whole wheat everything bagel toasted with light scallion cream cheese. It’s a delicious bet.

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Pumpernickel Bagel with smoked salmon, tomato and cream cheese
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Ess-A-Bagel
Located at 359 First Ave., this respected bagel shop has been serving outstanding hand-rolled bagels since opening in 1976. Ranked “the best in the tri-state area,” you’ll be lured by the aroma and filled with anticipation of the amazing taste once you walk in the door. Some spectacular creations come out of this amazing breakfast-and-lunch spot, and long lines stretch out the door, but they move fairly fast. There are plenty of appetizing bagel flavors on the menu, and a huge selection of specialty cream cheeses to pair with your bagel, but the shop is also famous for its bagel sandwiches. Perfumed with yeast and malt, the colossal bagel sandwiches are wonderful. They make particularly good egg sandwiches at breakfast. The crackled crusts help hold everything together while you eat. Try the bagel sandwich with egg and tomato on a whole wheat everything bagel. It’s delightful. The light vegetable cream cheese is also really yummy.

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Nova Scotia Salmon on a Toasted Everything Bagel with cream cheese
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Barney Greengrass
Since 1908, this appetizing shop and legendary restaurant located at 541 Amsterdam Ave. and West 86th St. has been serving some fantastic bagels in its grab-and-go deli section. The store specializes in Jewish delicacies and is known as another popular spot for the best bagels in New York City. You’ll find a variety of different bagels on the menu. If you’re looking for something different, this upper west side establishment offers winning combinations of bagels Try a bagel topped with Nova Scotia salmon or chopped herring salad if you’ve never had one. It’s delicious. Or treat yourself to a smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel. It’s another delicious bet. If you have the time, sit down in the old-school dining room for some scrambled eggs with pastrami salmon and a scrumptious bagel. The prices are a little high, but definitely worth the splurge. In addition to its amazing food choices, the restaurant also has a claim to fame. The movie “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” with Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock about a boy whose father died on September 11th, shot five scenes inside Barney Greengrass, which has also been featured in several other movies including the 1998 romantic comedy “You’ve Got Mail,” starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

Stop in to any of the best bagels shops in New York City for an early morning fix, afternoon bite or late-night snack. You’ll walk away understanding why this City is famous for bagels.

The bar scene in New York City can change overnight. In a city that never sleeps, and where new trends set the world stage, new places pop up overnight while others disappear. History remains at certain pubs and taverns. Serving drinks for more than a century, these historic joints were some of the first bars in Manhattan. They’ve seen and heard it all, and lived to tell about. Grab a pint at the oldest bars in New York City and imbibe in tradition.

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Fraunces Tavern
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Fraunces Tavern

54 Pearl Street
Built in 1716 as a residence, Samuel Fraunces turned it into a tavern in 1762. Popular with patriots, you could find George Washington tipping back a pint here. In fact, the tavern was the host of Washington’s Continental Army farewell dinner in 1783. Currently, there is a museum and bar/Irish restaurant where you can honor tradition with a stout cold one.

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Ear Inn

326 Spring Street
Revolutionary war veteran James Brown, who was an aide to George Washington, built the Ear Inn in 1812. It became a bar in 1817, and although the bar has exchanged hands over the years, it’s never stopped selling spirits. It is one of the few examples of Federal architecture in New York City, and is forged entirely of wood handposts and Flemish brick. One of the cheapest bars on this list, the Ear Inn is classic New York.

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McSorley’s Ale House
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McSorley’s Old Ale House

15 East 7th Street
Perhaps the most famous of these historic waterholes, McSorley’s has become a venerable New York City institution since opening in 1854. Irish immigrant John McSorley opened the joint serving two beers – McSorley’s Dark and Light Ale – and these are still the only two options available. You’ll be drinking where the likes of Abraham Lincoln, e.e. Cummings and Theodore Roosevelt once wet their whistles The throwback atmosphere also includes no televisions and no music, so bring someone that’s good company. The almost two centuries of artifacts on the wall are a definite conversation starter.

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Pete’s Tavern
129 East 18th Street
The Civil War-era bar was built in 1829, and started operating as a bar in 1864. Its biggest claim to fame is that O. Henry wrote “The Gift of the Magi” in one the bar’s booths. The taverns history doesn’t end there, though. It managed to stay open during Prohibition, disguised as a flower shop and even has a signature ale – the 1863 Original House Ale. Pull a stool up to the hand tooled bar and try a pint.

White Horse Tavern

White Horse Tavern
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The White Horse Tavern
567 Hudson Street
Set in the Financial District, the White Horse Tavern catered to longshoremen when it opened in 1880. However, it is best known as a literary hangout of Jack Kerouac, Dylan Thomas, and Hunter S. Thompson. (Fun Fact: There was once a sign in the bathroom that read “Kerouac, Go Home!) The bohemian vibe is still a part of the mystique. Order a drink from the decent selection of beer and whiskey, then toast to the scribes who once haunted the White Horse Tavern.


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Along with the State of Liberty, Empire State Building and all its other amazing sights, New York City is also home to some of the world’s greatest restaurants that offer diverse menus. Choosing what to eat for lunch can be quite challenging. Whether you’re looking for delicious New York-style pizza, classic deli sandwiches like thinly-sliced pastrami piled high and served hot on toasted caraway-flaked rye bread, amazing hamburgers, sweet chili dogs, different dishes from around the world, or fine-dining that costs more but combines breathtaking views of the city with its menu, every kind of food imaginable can be found in the Big Apple.  Use these five favorite restaurant options to solve the age old question of “Who serves the best lunch in New York City?”

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Thalassa
Named after the Greek word for sea, Thalassa is located in Lower Manhattan at 179 Franklin St. in the lovely Tribeca neighborhood bordered by Canal Street to the north and West Street to the east. This celebrated restaurant housed in a historical building once used as a warehouse for Greek olives and cheese, is renowned for its exquisite setting, beautiful décor, and outstanding service. It has proudly served authentic Greek food and Mediterranean dishes to locals, first-time visitors, and celebrities for decades. When you’re there, you must choose from the seafood menu which includes an impressive range of fresh fish alongside a selection of the local day’s catch. Try the seafood trio, a combination of tuna, shrimp and salmon kebabs served with grilled garden vegetables. The exotic salads are delicious and the restaurant also offers plenty of vegetarian options like a delicious organic veggie burger served with vine-ripened tomatoes and zucchini. Another specialty item to order: Spanakopita, individual spinach pie served in a crispy filo with feta cheese and mixed greens. You’ll delight in the appetizers and desserts as well. If this is your first visit, ask questions and have your server guide you on selecting the best fresh seafood choices from the menu. There’s plenty of seafood to choose from at reasonable prices, along with multiple kinds of other Greek dishes. Lunch is served from noon to 3 p.m.

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Shake Shack
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Shake Shack
Shake Shack is one of the most popular places in New York City for a juicy top quality burger. A regional fast-food chain, it’s located in the Theater District at 691 8th Ave. & 44th St. The 100% all natural Angus beef burger comes with your choice of lettuce, tomato, onion or pickle at a price that doesn’t break the bank. You’ll have to endure the long wait at lunchtime, but it’s worth it! Not only does the restaurant excel in tasty hamburgers, the menu features a nice selection of Shack classics like the Smoke Shack cheeseburger, flat-top hot dogs, crinkle cut fries, frozen custard and creamy shakes. Try the soft-serve custard blended with a variety of toppings, or a delicious peanut butter shake. The restaurant is a short walk from Times Square—the vibrant, neon lit area in the heart of the Theater District—and all the leading Broadway shows. Shake Shack started out as a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park in Manhattan and steadily grew through the years to become a fabulous burger-focused restaurant that’s also easy on your wallet. You can enjoy the classic Shack burger for less than five dollars. Vegetarian options are also available. I loved the Shroom Burger, a slow roasted Portobello mushroom overflowing with melted Muenster and cheddar cheeses, topped with lettuce, tomato and a special Shake Shack sauce. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to midnight. For the best views, I suggest sitting near the floor-to-ceiling windows.

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Pier A Harbor House
For a relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable experience, grab a bite at the beautifully renovated Pier A Harbor House in one of New York City’s most unique locations at the southernmost tip of Manhattan. This 128-year-old landmark building at 22 Battery St. once housed the city’s dock’s department and later served as a command post for the city’s fire boats. There’s plenty of indoor seating and an abundance of picnic tables outdoors. overlooking the harbor. You’ll love the absolutely gorgeous views that stretch from the tip of Governor’s Island to the Statue of Liberty. Choose from the seafood menu, which serves raw bar specialties, fish and chips, and other seafood platters. There are some meat dishes like awesome Buffalo wings and the sweet potato fries are great. Lunch prices range from $11 to $30. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m.

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Drunken Noodles at SriPraPhai
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SriPraPhai
If you want to savor the flavors of authentic Thai food, head to Queens. SriPraPhai Thai Restaurant, located at 64-13 39th Ave. in Woodside is a long-time favorite of locals and visitors. It’s the restaurant’s commitment to excellent food that makes it so popular. Bring your appetite. Known for its variety of exotic dishes with the finest and freshest ingredients, it will be an unforgettable dining experience. I particularly like the papaya salad with seafood and dry shrimp, the salmon fillet soup, and sautéed mixed vegetables. Other entries include a string of chicken dishes like sautéed, fried or Barbeque chicken (all $9.00). SriPraPhai is an excellent dining experience, combining great food and attentive service with unique, historical surroundings. The restaurant is open from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and closed Wednesdays. Lunch prices start at $6.00. Leave time to enjoy the garden.

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Lombardi’s
In New York City pizza spots dot the city’s streets. You can pick up a slice any time of the day or late into the night. And if you love pizza, like me, you’ll want to find the perfect pizza. Lombardi’s is a classic New York City pizzeria located at 32 Spring Street that serves coal-fired, thin crust Neapolitan pizza. Personally, their coal oven thin crust pizza is the best I’ve ever had, and the restaurant has also been a hit with any one I’ve ever brought there for lunch. Many of my friends love the white pizza with mozzarella, ricotta, Romano cheese, oregano, basil, black pepper, garlic infused oil and no sauce. This restaurant is really cozy with its old-style Italian atmosphere, checked tablecloths, and black and white pictures hanging on painted brick walls. Pizza prices start at $7.00. The restaurant is open from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

Stop in for lunch at any of these New York City restaurants to taste the best lunches in the city.