Bagels, of course, what's New York without it's bagels?
I can't make decisions or do just about anything else in the morning except have coffee, so any one of the Juniors diners will work (It's a chain)
The food is good, fairly priced and you get a lot, a mean a lot, of food for the dollar.
When we were there for a late night snack we sat across from Teller of Penn and Teller who were appearing at a theater down the street.
The first place we ate was Katz's Delicatessen at 205 Houston Street on the Lower East Side.
Katz was founded in 1888 and has (arguably) the best pastrami sandwiches and hot dogs in the city. (The Friday night beans and franks are good too) Each week, Katz's serves 10,000 pounds (4,500 kg) of pastrami, 5,000 pounds (2,300 kg) of corned beef, 2,000 pounds (910 kg) of salami and 12,000 hot dogs.
There is a sign in the middle of the Delicatessen commemorating the spot where Meg Ryan's fake orgasm scene was filmed the highly annoying film When Harry Met Sally.
This is actually an Italian meats store more than anything else….try the grinder (Italian Hero) crusty roll piled with San Daniele prosciutto, hot cappicola, Genoa salami, house-made soppressata, fresh mozzarella, pickled red peppers…….
Monte's has been serving Italian food since 1918. I love this place, it's old New York. Walk down the stairs from the side and step into a refined but comfortable surrounding.
The owner bounces between the kitchen and the customers and our waiter, a round jolly fellow with a thick Italian accents was a welcomed relief from most waiters I run across these days.
Rocco's Pastry Shop (Pasticceria Rocco) at 243 Bleecker Street.
The Italian Cheesecake, I ate most of it before I remembered to snap a photo
The staff doesn’t really seem to know where they are or why they’re there but Rocco’s has an Italian cheesecake to die for (Made with milk and ricotta) and (what I think) is the best cheesecake in the city, if not the entire country, hands down. They bake their own cannolis.
I dropped by the Caffe Reggio, that opened in 1927 at 119MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village.
The Italian Cappuccino was introduced to Americans by the Caffe’s founder, Domenico Parisi, in the early 1920s. The original Espresso machine, made in 1902, is still in the shop.
So is a bench from a Palazzo of the mighty Florentine Medici family of Renaissance fame. The bench is not roped-off and you can actually sit in it. The Caffe has been featured in a dozen films including, Next Stop, Greenwich Village, The Kremlin Letter, Shaft, Serpico, The Next Man, In Good Company and Inside Llewyn Davis. It WAS NOT used in the Godfather Part 2 as so many say it was. In 1959, presidential hopeful John F. Kennedy made a speech outside the coffee shop.
Art Deco design, coal fired ovens, enormous pizza pies, this place has been churning out to die for pizza since 1929 (Go to the Bleecker Street locations, the other locations aren't very good)
It’s small, maybe 20 tables pulled very close together and it’s loud. On the other hand the menu is incredible; triscuits and sardines (The House specialty) grilled pigeon with warm-parsley dressing and a kerchief pasta with French ham, a poached egg, and toasted pine nuts…….
We didn't eat in the places below, but they photograph well................