When Shalom Lamm thinks about New York City, one of the first cuisines that comes to his mind is the network of corner shops with the city’s namesake built into their food. Of course, it has to be the famous ninety-nine cent slices of New York-style pizza! Something about the neon signs hanging from the windows and big ovens behind the bar draw visitors right in from the street as they smell the freshly baked dough coming out of the cooker and sauce being spread all over the top of the pie. Each slice is served on the familiar paper plate with cheese and toppings sliding off the edge as the next patron takes a big bite!
The trek then leads to Times Square, where Gallagher’s Steakhouse welcomes everyone for a classic cut of meat and with sides fit for two. No one can go wrong ordering the choice cut of filet mignon and mashed potatoes are the perfect accompaniment along with some asparagus or creamed corn. Top the filet with a generous helping of truffle butter and make sure the glass is well filled with a healthy pour of cabernet. The servers stand ready to help in their white dress shirts and black pants, being sure to keep their aprons as clean as they can through dinner service. It’s the perfect way to end the night after taking in a show.
Breakfast can’t be forgotten, of course, and Barney Greengrass is ready to serve with the best bagels in town. The perfect breakfast sandwich can be paired with a freshly brewed cup of coffee over a business meeting or sightseeing trip to set the day off right. Some cream cheese of choice can be added to a variety of bagel types, and no meal is complete without glancing through the morning paper while the city rushes by outside the windows.
Delmonicos and Gramercy Tavern are mainstays that can’t be overlooked when working through downtown and are the perfect stop for an excellent lunch to fuel the afternoon filled with running from shop to shop or meeting to meeting. A great sandwich and side are a perfect fit for a tall glass of water or indulgence in a mid-day beer to take the edge of the rest of the workday.
To wrap up any trip, a stop by Eileen’s Cheesecake is a must and can’t be overlooked. Whether it is a classic slice topped with some strawberry or a more custom dulce de leche cut of cake, the shop and staff never disappoint as they welcome travelers and workers alike through the busy day. With each offering being made fresh by hand in house every day, each customer is sure to get the best the shop has to offer when placing their unique order. From the freshly made crust to the kosher dairy provided throughout the store, they are a fit for almost any palate and certain to make the sweetest tooth or Shalom Lamm wish for just one more bite!
It’s impossible to narrow such a fantastic city down to a few restaurants, but a few must-visits are an excellent start to any great adventure!