First timer to NYC. Staying near MSG.
Where do I go to find truly authentic New York food? Most likely lunch or really late dinner (after midnight).
Thanks for your suggestions.
Hi. Can you give us a sense of your budget, how many people, any food restrictions or preferences? "Authentic NY food" covers some things like Katz's for a pastrami sandwich, bagels, pizza - those are the first that come to mind, but we've got thousands of restaurants, so it would help if you could narrow it down a bit for us.
This might help you too:
re: Orange Whip
Lots of places are open past midnight, especially those catering to the post-bar crowd. Do you *only* want take-out eateries or are you OK with sitting down briefly for a short meal at a more casual place?
Places open late:
You can also check menupages.com for hours for specific restaurants.
I think that what the other posters are trying to tell you is that your question is way to vague. There are tens of thousands of restaurants in Manhattan alone, so to begin with you need to narrow down your preferences. New York is is one of the most diverse cities on the planet - so you can find every possible type of cusine- and New Yorkers eat them all.
As MMRuth has noted, Maybe what you mean is traditionally New York centric food like bagels, pizza, deli.
If that's the case then you should know that there are very few old time delis left- the very best is Katz's on the lower east side (worlds best pastrami) or for kosher deli the Second Avenue Deli in midtown. Many different opinions on the best pizza in Manhattan (general consensus is that the absoloute best in the city is DiFara in Brooklyn). Seasrch this board for pizza as well,as bagels in Manhattan.
Price is a critical point- you say you want inexpensive, but you really need to let us know what uour price range is. Food in New York generally costs more (sometimes quite a bit more) than the same item would run in most other places in the US and Canada- so a New Yorkers idea of cheap might be a lot different than yours.
re: Orange Whip
Carnegie Deli would certainly not be my choice. It's something of a tourist trap and much better pastrami, corned beef and other deli items can be found elswewhere - it's also way overpriced.
If visitors ask me for the best to go for a "real New York expeerience" I always send them to Katz's.If you go, DON'T get table service. Stand in line at the counter and order and have a dollar ready for the cutter's jar.
For bagels I suggest Ess a Begal on the east sie- the bagels are very good and you can sit down. My favorite New York bagels are Absolute Bagels on Broadway and 107- I don't know know if that's to far for you (take the 1 train to 103 and walk up Broadway 3 blocks).They also have a few tables where you can sit.
Many of the places that Albertahound are quite good, but not really a "New York experience." For example, Shack Shake has great burgers *it's what they're known for) but I bet that wherever you live there is a place for great burgers. Amy Ruth has decent )but not great) soul food, but that's not "real" New York- it's southern. You get the idea
The question is not too vague. And sure, Katz's is great, but there are so many great, cheap only-in-NY places, such as:
McSorleys - for beer, not food
These are just a few off the top of my head. It doesn't have to be so complicated!!