Like very strong allergy medication and Plan B, most great New York bagels are purchased over a counter. At Baz, you can order your bagel from a laminated menu at a table without having to wait an outrageous amount of time to get in (or having to pay Sadelle’s prices). Even if you’re not typically a pumpernickel person, you should get the pumpernickel everything bagel here. You’ll probably leave a pumpernickel convert. Baz also serves some good eggs, latkes, and salads if you’re not in the mood for a bread circle. And if you’d rather get your bagel to-go than have a full meal here, there’s a counter up front where you can do just that.
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Little Prince needs a lot of fine tuning. We really wanted to love this place. But don’t hire a bunch of waiters just because they look cool, and don’t fail on technique when you’re serving French food.
Osteria Morini is a popular Italian restaurant on Lafayette street, known for pasta and lots of lambrusco. Expect crowds and very little elbow room.
Nagomi is a non-descript sushi restaurant on Prince Street that can be summed with one new tag on this website: Perfect For When You Can’t Get In to Blue Ribbon Sushi. It’s a solid stand-in for when you can’t get into the more exceptional spots in the area.
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Do you need a big place where you can eat a pricey steak with some people who never stray too far from Grand Central? Try Benjamin Steakhouse.
Restaurant rotisserie chicken that we don't mind paying up for? It exists, in Hell's Kitchen of all places. Get Poulette in your Midtown lunch rotation.
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Russ & Daughters Cafe
Russ & Daughters has finally expanded, after 100 years in business. Now you can sit down in a comfy booth while you enjoy your lox, and it’s glorious.
Russ & Daughters
Russ & Daughters is a smoked fish museum of deliciousness that people come from near and far to experience. A true NYC classic.
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