There are hundreds if not thousands of great places to eat in New York City. Just thinking about all the delicious dining options in New York City brings a smile to my face. After 10 visits to the Big Apple, I’m constantly finding new restaurants to try and enjoy.
OpenTable lists 31,585 restaurants in the NYC area. From super high-end restaurants all the way to the hot dog vendor at the corner of Madison and 57th street, NYC offers a dizzying array of choices to satisfy just about everyone.
Some are super touristy while others are off the beaten path. That’s what makes it so fun. I have listed a few of my favorites that tend to be more on the touristy side of things but well worth the visit.
Located on the Lower East side, Katz Deli has been an NYC institution since 1888 making Katz’s an inherent part of the city’s culture and history.
Meat is their pride and joy featuring pastrami, corned beef, Reuben, brisket, turkey, knish and of course matzo ball soup.
If you can’t wait until your next visit to NYC, you can order online and they ship nationwide.
Another tourist hot spot is Serendipity. Since 1954, this legendary NYC restaurant is one of the most unique dining experiences around.
The restaurant has been the setting of three major Hollywood productions, One Fine Day (1996) with George Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer, Serendipity (2001) with John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale, and Trust The Man (2005) with Julianne Moore and David Duchovny.
While Serendipity has a full menu, the star of the show is the frozen hot chocolate drinks. Or as they like to say Frrrozen!
If you can’t wait to visit them in person and savor one of their frozen drinks, you can make them at home by ordering online.
Remember, no calories in this drink! Just sell yourself on the fact that you’re walking a lot while in NYC.
Located in Times Square at the heart of the theatre district on 42nd street, this family-style restaurant features Southern Italian cuisine with large sized portions meant for sharing.
No trip to New York City is complete without a piece of cheesecake. Home of the “Worlds Most Famous Cheesecake”, Junior’s Cheesecake has been serving up the best cheesecake in town since 1950.
After a Broadway show, I like to check out the lights of Times Square and then stop for a piece of Junior’s Cheesecake. It’s well worth the stop. If you can’t wait to get a piece of Junior’s, you can order it online.
If you’re really interested, you can read about 15 things you didn’t know about Junior’s Cheesecake.
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David Kluge is the founder of the Global Travel Boss blog. He loves helping Empty Nesters & Midlife Adventurers create more freedom, travel more, travel smarter, explore destinations, and for less money. He is a travel activist, small business advisor, avid Green Bay Packer fan, and has a Caribbean soul he can barely control.
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