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Deli. Founded in 1908, this timeless, traditional “New Yawk” deli specializes in smoked and fresh fish, creative omelets and halvah. It’s casual and there are no frills, but it’s a favorite of locals of all stripes nonetheless. B & L (Tu- Su). 541 Amsterdam Ave., btw W. 86th & W. 87th sts., 212.724.4707, www.barneygreengrass.com
French. This glamorous Art Deco Upper West Side bistro serves all the classics: cassoulet, steak tartare, coq au vin, steak frites, moules frites and more. B & L (M-F), D (nightly), Brunch (Sa & Su). 200 W. 70th St., btw Amsterdam & West End aves., 212.873.7411, www.cafe luxembourg.com CANDLE CAFE—
Vegetarian/ Vegan. A onetime juice bar has grown into an organic restaurant with an eco-friendly menu of plantbased specials made with locally sourced sustainable ingredi
ents. L & D (daily), B & Brunch
(Sa & Su). 1307 Third Ave., btw E. 74th & E. 75th St., 212.472.0970, www.candlecafe.com
DINOSAUR BAR-B- QUE—
American. Barbecue thrives north of the Mason-Dixon Line at this Southern- style eatery, serving finger-lickin’ pulled pork and ribs, cajun- spiced catfish, and shrimp boil. Patrons can purchase tangy sauces, rubs and other items to take home. L & D (daily). 700 W. 125th St., at 12th Ave., 212.694.1777, and one other location in Brooklyn, www .dinosaurbarbque.com
Seafood. Heaping pots of fresh mussels are served in a variety of 24 sauces, from classic (white wine, herbs and garlic) to exotic (Thai with curry coconut broth, lemongrass, coriander, lime, garlic and ginger). House-made doughnuts end a meal on a sweet note. D (nightly), Brunch (Sa & Su). 174 E. 82nd St., btw Third & Lexington aves., and one other location in Greenwich Village 212.717.7772, www.flex mussels.com
German. Smoked bratwurst with potato salad and roasted pork shank with sauerkraut are served at this family-run staple, established in the 1930s and one of the last German restaurants in NYC. L (W- Su), D (nightly). 1648 Second Ave., btw E. 85th & E. 86th sts., 212.628.2332, www . heidelberg- nyc.com
SHOP— American. This old- school luncheonette is best known for its traditional diner menu, including all- day breakfast, and fresh egg creams. B, L & D (daily). Closes M- Sa at 7 pm, Su at 6 pm. 1226 Lexington Ave., at E. 83rd St.,, 212.288.0057, www. lexingtoncandyshop. net MISS MAMIE’S SPOONBREAD TOO—
Southern Soul Food. A sampler of shrimp, short ribs, chicken and veggies is the way to go here. International comfort food (African, Asian and Latin)
is featured weekly. D (nightly),
Brunch (Sa & Su. $ 366 W. 110th St., btw Columbus & Manhattan aves., 212.865.6744, www . spoonbreadinc.com P.J. CLARKE’S—
American. Burgers, steaks and shepherd’s pie in a saloon environment across the street from Lincoln Center. L & D (daily). 44 W. 63rd St., btw Broadway & Columbus Ave., 212.957.9700, www.pjclarkes.com
RED ROOSTER HARLEM— American.
Ethiopian- born, Swedish-raised Chef/owner Marcus Samuelsson serves refined comfort foods, like hot honey yardbird and seafood jambalaya. L (M-F), D (nightly), Brunch (Sa & Su). 310 Lenox Ave., btw W. 125th & W. 126th sts., 212.792.9001, www. red roosterharlem.com
American. This modern burger joint elevates fast food and serves savory burgers, hot dogs, frozen custard, shakes, wine and beer to a cult following. L & D (daily). 366 Columbus Ave., at W. 77th St., 646.747.8770 ; and several other NYC locations, www. shakeshack.com
AL DI LÀ— Italian. The casual communal tables create an inviting neighborhood vibe at this sunny, walk-in trattoria. The menu features Northern Italian specialties that can include charcoal- grilled young chicken and spaghetti with Manila clams, hot chili peppers, garlic and oregano. L & D (daily). 248 Fifth Ave., at Carroll St., Park Slope, 718.783.4565, www. aldi latrattoria.com.
CONEY ISLAND BREWING COMPANY— Brewery.
Eight house-brewed beers are on tap at any one time and can be enjoyed by the pint, f light or growler. Most beers are brewery exclusives. There is no kitchen on- site, but patrons can bring their own food to eat on the premises, Free tours of the facilities available. Call for opening hours. 1904 Surf Ave., at W. 17th St., Coney Island, 718.996.0019, www.coneyislandbeer.com EVELINA— Contemporary
Italian. Inventive plates— squid ink spaghetti with fish ragout, Manila clams and ramps; grassfed steak tartare—in a dimly lit, brick-walled space with ample bar seating and a menu focused on creative appetizer plates. L (M-F), D (nightly), Brunch (Sa & Su). 211 Dekalb Ave., at Adelphi St., Fort Greene, 929.298.0209, www.evelinabk.com
This intimate spot, evocative of a classic old-world pizza shop, dishes out hearty pies and calzones kneaded and baked in a brick oven before customers’ eyes. D (W-M). 575 Henry St., btw First Pl. & Carroll St., Carroll Gardens, 718.858.4086, www . lucalibrooklyn.com
Contemporary Mexican. Specialty tacos made with homemade tortillas are served in a comfortable, airy space with high ceilings, or outside in a bright backyard. Brunch & D (daily). 128 Greenpoint Ave., btw Franklin St. & Manhattan Ave., Greenpoint, 646.688.4180, www.oxomoconyc.com
PETER LUGER STEAK HOUSE—
Steak House. The restaurant, established in 1887, specializes in porterhouse steaks served with a special house sauce. Classic sides, like creamed spinach, complement a menu that, at lunch, also carries a comparably inexpensive hamburger. Cash, U. S. checks (with valid photo ID) and debit cards only. L & D (daily). 178 Broadway, at Driggs Ave., Williamsburg, 718.387.7400, www.peterluger.com
THE RIVER CAFÉ — American.
This Michelinstarred riverside fixture offers panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline. Gruyère popovers, Gianduja pancakes, wagyu steak tartare, poached Nova Scotia lobster highlight the generous menu. Locals celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions here. Jackets required after 5 pm; appropriate footwear at all times. B (M-F), D (nightly), Brunch (Sa & Su). 1 Water St., at Old Fulton St., DUMBO, 718.522.5200, www. rivercafe.com.