Food Tips: Authentic New York Cuisine

The New York Times has a love letter to its home city's food today, with great tips on where to go for an authentic, only-in-the-Big-Apple culinary journey.

Some selections:

For Pizza:
John's of Bleeker Street is great for families (no slices!) and Famous Roio's Pizza, founded by the Original Famous Ray himself.

For Cheesecake:
Juniors in Brooklyn. (Of course. And the story strongly advises avoiding the outposts in Times Square and Grand Central Station. We concur.) And those up for a real trek will get a sweet reward at S&S Cheesecake in the Bronx.

For Manhattan Clam Chowder:
Aquagrill in SoHo serves a chowder that the article calls "redolent of sea breezes," and Randazzo's Clam Bar in Sheepshead Bay is also recommended.

For Bagels:
Russ & Daughters on the Lower East Side and the Bagel Hole, a small retail bakery in Park Slope, Brooklyn, are both recommended. (And we at Luxury Travel Advisor like Ess-A-Bagel, which has two outposts at Midtown East.)

For Pastrami:
The quintessential New York lunch meat can be enjoyed in plenty of delis (Katz's is a perennial favorite, and Zabar's is also good), but the Times likes Pastrami Queen on the Upper East Side.


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