Sandwiches

Miznon

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Overview

One of Israel's prized chefs, Eyal Shani, has opened his first location in NYC. His restaurants, including outposts in Paris, Melbourne & Tel Aviv command big crowds. His newest venture is located deep inside of Chelsea Market and occupies a bustling fast casual space with counter and table seating. The food focuses on Mediterranean street flavors & the menu is divided into two sections: in a pita, or out of the pita. The "out of" section is a list of simply roasted vegetables like baby cauliflower, smashed potato with sour cream, and charred sweet potato. The pita section is really nothing short of fantastic overflowing with locally sourced vegetables and meat from the butchers inside of Chelsea Market. If you're feeling carnivorous check out the ribeye minute steak or reuben pita otherwise opt for the ratatouille pita with tomato perfume roasted eggplant, tahini and hardboiled egg. 

Information:

Address: 435 W 15th St, New York, NY 10011

Phone:  (646) 490-5871

Neighborhood: Chelsea

Price: $$


 

Shelsky's of Brooklyn: Appetizing & Delicatessen

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Overview:

Old-fashioned Jewish deli in the heart of Cobble Hill. They offer a wide variety of  deli staples including smoked & cured lox salmon, whitefish, sable and herring. You can get this piled high on bagels or a bialy.  There is a huge range of creative sandwich options that also extend into salads, spreads and deli meats. Check out the Spicy White with smoked whitefish salad, roasted hazelnuts, fennel, oranges, cucumber salad and sriracha chili sauce on rye. 

Information:

Address:  141 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: (718) 855-8817

Neighborhood: Cobble Hill

http://www.shelskys.com/

Price: $$


 

2nd Floor at 2nd Ave Deli

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Overview:

I have always wondered why no one has bothered to do something modern and fun with traditional Jewish food. The team at their new space above 2nd Ave Deli has given me that gift. The multi-room venue has a speakeasy vibe with a pressed tin tile ceiling, reclaimed wood, and vintage theater posters. For the menu, chef David Teyf has taken ingredients that are ingrained in Jewish culture and spun them into modern dishes. There are duck confit blintzes, pastrami deviled eggs, tongue sliders and everything seed pigs-in-a-blanket. They put together quite possibly the most beautiful meat board you'll ever lay eyes on complete with beef jerky, pickled tongue, hard salami, chopped liver and smoked pastrami. In addition to the food being exciting and innovative, you can round out your experience with a huge craft cocktail menu. 

Information:

Address1442 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10021

Phone: (212) 737-1700

Neighborhood: Upper East Side   

Price: $$-$$$


 

2nd Ave Deli

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Overview:

2nd Ave Deli is one of the last hold outs in NYC of truly classic Jewish appetizing shops. It's actually not on Second Avenue anymore, but everything else will be the same. The long standing restaurant might not be as well known as Katz, but honestly this is a much more pleasant dining experience than being assaulted by 300 tourists and the food is fantastic. They specialize in overstuffed sandwiches & other kosher staples done the long, slow way like my Jewish grandmothers made. Sandwiches are stacked with chopped liver, pastrami, grilled salami & corned beef and can easily feed 2-3 people. Other traditional favorites include blintzes, pierogies, kreplach, potato pancakes & matzoh brei. Service is warm and while prices may look initially high keep in mind that portions are massive and meant to be shared. 

Information:

Address:   162 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016

1442 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10021

Phone:  212-689-9000

Neighborhood: Upper East Side, Kips Bay

Price: $$


 

High Street on Hudson

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Overview:

High Street on Hudson is a Philly spinoff from a group that has garnered much attention in both its original city and NYC since opening in 2015. The venue has consistently been a critical darling of publications like NY Mag, NY Times and Eater.  The all day, modern/casual West Village restaurant offers coffee & pastries in the morning and the menu evolves throughout the day to become a bit higher-end in the evening. Recently they brought in a new chef, Sean McPaul, to helm the kitchen. He brings with him a range of flavors taking inspiration from Mexico, Morocco and American cooking. The kitchen excels at just about everything from sausage & egg biscuits for breakfast, pastrami on rye for lunch, and freshly made malfadine pasta with squid ink & smoked mussels for dinner. 

Information:

Address:   637 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

Phone: (917) 388-3944

Neighborhood: West Village

Price: $$$


 

Bubby's

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Overview:

Bubby's is a fantastic diner-style concept that started in 1990 as a pie company. They have since expanded to 2 Manhattan locations and several in Japan while remaining a Tribeca institution. The vibe is casual and comfortable with big wooden tables and huge windows. They serve food all day and the space is consistently packed for all meal periods. The food is slightly more sophisticated than your average diner plates but they do all the simple classics extremely well. Their scratch made American menu includes favorites like crispy chicken biscuits, huge market salads, and breakfast all day like fluffy stacked blueberry pancakes, eggs benedict & huevos rancheros. This is comfort food at its finest in a warm space that feels like home. 

Information:

Address120 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

73 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014

Phone  (212) 219-0666

Neighborhood: Tribeca & Meatpacking District

Price: $$-$$$


 

Empire Diner

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Overview:

What's better than a New York City diner? Almost nothing, except when long time NY chef John DeLucie steps in to revamp the menu. The restaurant has changed hands several times over the years but it doesn't seem to have stopped the nearly endless foot traffic of beautiful people crowding the art deco space. The interior has been updated with stainless steel touches, white tile and a vintage bar. You'll find a traditional list of diner menu classics that have been updated beautifully. There are freshly baked pastries and cold pressed juices to start your meal. For all day breakfast there is a brilliant soft scramble eggs cacio peppe dish and smoked salmon pastrami served on potato rosti. The fried chicken is sourdough pretzel crusted and the skillet mac & cheese is served with black diamond cheddar & parmesan bread crumbs. Really, every dish is comforting and delicious. Open daily 8am-1am with a full bar. 

Information:

Address:  210 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Phone: (212) 335-2277

Neighborhood: Chelsea

Price: $$-$$$


 

Fort Defiance

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Overview:

Fort Defiance is an all day neighborhood spot serving up breakfast, lunch, brunch & dinner. The vintage-inspired setting sort of reminds you of Cheers by way of Brooklyn, where everybody knows your name. Classic cocktails pair with seasonal American dishes like deviled eggs, watermelon & feta salad, and smoke trout. The sandwiches are excellent, particularly the muffaletta or the simple cheeseburger made with ground chuck on a brioche bun. Nice little neighborhood hang. 

Information:

Address:  365 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Phone:  (347) 453-6672

Neighborhood: Red Hook

Price: $$-$$$


 

Tiny's & The Bar Upstairs

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Overview:

Tiny's is as promised- a tiny space with a bar upstairs. The historical 1810 bi-level Tribeca townhouse features 3 small dining rooms and a cozy bar on the second level. Guests may dine for breakfast, lunch or dinner in the rustic & warm environment featuring tons of white washed brick and tin ceilings. Everyone inside is cooler than me, probably wearing a floppy hat. They offer an extremely solid menu of comfort food with a lot of unexpected twists.  The food reflects Modern American cuisine with Southern and French influences. You can satisfy a plethora of cravings with dishes like saffron mussels, burrata, cavatelli and Hudson Valley duck. The absolute standout dish is the quinoa crisp with chorizo, poached egg and chili aioli. Great if you want a casual meal with a relaxed vibe. 

Information:

Address: 135 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Phone:   (347) 294-4786

Neighborhood: Tribeca

Price: $$


 

Blank Slate Coffee + Kitchen

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Overview:

Blank Slate is tucked away in an inconspicuous pocket of Madison Ave but that doesn't seem to stop hoards of people from finding this all day coffee shop. Patrons can grab-n-go with juices and coffee or stay & relax in the space that has 7 tables and several communal seating areas.  The cafe menu is excellent, offering large portions of all day breakfast, sandwiches and salads. Small plates include fun snacks like truffle popcorn, goat cheese dip and deviled eggs. Worth checking out for a lively afternoon of work or breakfast/lunch on the go. They have recently opened a gourmet market next door offering grocery items and a fun list of build your own avocado toast & Black Seed bagels

Information:

Address:  121 Madison Ave #5, New York, NY 10016

Phone:  (212) 683-7800

Neighborhood: Midtown East

Price: $$


 

Kossar's Bagels & Bialys

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Overview:

Kossar's was opened in 1936 by Morris Kossar. Today it is the oldest remaining Bialy bakery in the United States. The establishment was taken over by new ownership in recent years but remains committed to upholding the traditions of this great Jewish appetizing shop. They offer a range of items to go or for dining in. In their cases you’ll find stacks of cream cheese, cured fish, loaves of babka, and fresh challah. You can choose from fresh bins of brick oven baked bialys and kettle boiled bagels. They will stack your bagel high with any combo of salmon, sable, white fish, or egg salad. For something a little modern, they have gooey chocolate babka French toast and pizza bagels. I look forward to many more years of their success. 

Information:

Address:  367 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

Phone: (212) 473-4810

Neighborhood: Lower East Side

Price: $$


 

The Sosta  

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Overview:

The Sosta is the newest concept from the Esquared Hospitality group. The restaurant falls into a category that seems to be sweeping NYC dining – fine-casual. You order from the counter, but what you are presented with is carafes of rosé and elevated grab-n-go (or stay) food. The space is designed by the mind of Samantha Wasser who is behind By Chloe as well. She has created a fun & modern atmosphere, complete with a giant pink “mangiamo, baby!” neon sign. The menu is primarily Italian offering massive chef-crafted salads, an over flowing charcuterie board, and fresh-baked focaccia sandwiches. There is a list of 5 freshly made pastas & sauces all under $14 for a substantial portion. You would be hard pressed to find higher quality food at this low price point. 

 

Information:

Address:  186 Mott St, New York, NY 10012

Neighborhood: Nolita

Price: $$


 

Coppelia  

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Overview:

This 24hr Latin diner has been a late night and early morning NYC staple for years. The laid back, no frills dining room is long and offers tons of table and counter seating. In terms of food there are a ton of choices to cure most cravings. You'll find a huge menu of comfort food classics with a Latin flare (think burgers with pulled pork, mac n' cheese with chicharrons). Breakfast is served all day and you can choose from things like hash with beef short rib & chile de arbol, huevos rancheros and empanadas. Portions are large, ingredients & plating are thoughtful and the price is very reasonable. Full bar is available.

Information:

Address: 207 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

Phone (212) 858-5001

Neighborhood: Chelsea

Price: $$


 

Fuku


Overview

David Chang is expanding his empire and multiplying his fast casual concept, Fuku. The restaurant has outposts now in the East Village, Wall Street, MSG and Citi Field. The focus is chicken and there is certainly a fuck ton of it on the menu. Since expanding to Fidi, Chang also expanded his menu of chicken offerings. Items include a massive dark meat spicy fried chicken, sticky-sweet fuku fingers and a chicken dip with cucumbers & fiery sauce. The star is the amazing Chimek feast served with a whole fried chicken (1/2 habanero, 1/2 sweet & spicy), fries, pickled daikon, pickle chips, kimchi, all the sauces. Everything is super crave worthy, gluttonous and worth every calorie. 

Information:

Address  163 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003

110 Wall St, New York, NY 10005

Neighborhood: East Village, Financial District 

Website: https://eatfuku.com/

Price: $


 

Black Tap


Overview

The small, casual storefront that was the original Black Tap opened just a few years ago and has rapidly expanded to 4 NYC locations. Restaurants range in size but each is laid back with an impressive coating of graffiti artwork. If you don't know this place you've probably still seen their milkshakes, um, everywhere that media exists and their massive lines at each store. They have over the top, ultra Instagrammable shakes coated with every type of sweet. The real star of the menu, however, are the sandwiches. You can choose from over12 options of creative burger toppings, falafel burger, or an excellent fried chicken. The menu undisputedly offers one of best burgers in New York and the classic is absolutely perfect - juicy & flavorful, topped with perfectly melted cheese, crisp fresh lettuce/tomato, and special sauce. It is undoubtedly worth the wait, and I NEVER say that. 

Information:

Address  529 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

Phone: (917) 639-3089

Neighborhood: Soho, Lower East Side, Midtown, Meatpacking

Website: https://blacktapnyc.com

Price: $$


 

Regina's Grocery

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Overview

Regina's Grocery is like a blast from the past in the best way. The small Lower East Side storefront has been remodeled to look like the old school Italian deli's in Brooklyn, complete with the beautiful Italian Regina behind the counter. They have filled the gap in a neighborhood that was seriously lacking a deli. The offerings are an impressively long list (15+) of creative sandwich combos. Prosciutto, mortadella, hot sopressata, smoked ham and fresh mozz are heavily represented.  In addition to the sandwiches they have a selection of Italian groceries and specialty items like hot peppers, pasta salad and marinated artichokes. 

Information:

Address27 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

Phone:  (347) 680-4361

Neighborhood: Lower East Side

Website:  https://www.reginasgrocery.com/

Price: $


 

Egg Shop Brooklyn


Overview

Breakfast lovers rejoice- the palace of eggs has opened a Brooklyn outpost of their original concept. This particular location is easily 3x the size of the original, which at times can be uncomfortably cramped. Don't anticipate that making it any easier to get in, but it is worth the wait for some breakfast comfort food served all day. As the name would suggest, the menu focuses on everything egg. You'll find creative sandwiches the best of which are a massive fried chicken sandwich and an everything seasoning biscuit with smoked salmon, dill & horseradish cream. Much of the popular items have carried over from the original menu but Brooklyn-only items include a breakfast burrito with french fries and BEC tacos. 

Information:

Address  138 N 8th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Phone:    (646) 787-7502

Neighborhood: Williamsburg  

Website: https://www.eggshopnyc.com/

Price: $$


 

Dekalb Market Hall


Overview

New York's newest food hall has arrived, this time in downtown Brooklyn. The ambitious project houses 40 vendors with a massive variety in cuisine types. You will find famous NYC staples like Katz's & The Arepa Lady as well as many newcomers. Whether you are craving poke, paella or pierogies, your needs will be satisfied here. I would opt for the more adventurous items and try Korean steamed buns from Bunsmith , grilled Pakistani meats at BK Jani, or Vietnamese plates from Bunker. The hall is also equipped with a show kitchen, cocktail bar & daily live programming.

Information:

Address  445 Albee Square W, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone:    (914) 288-8100

Neighborhood: Downtown Brooklyn/Fort Greene  

Website: http://dekalbmarkethall.com/

Price: $-$$