The 10 Best Pastrami Dishes in NYC That Aren't Sandwiches

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Introduced to New York by 19th century Eastern European immigrants (the same folks who gave us pierogies, knishes, and kishka), pastrami is an easy contender for GMOAT (Greatest Meat Of All Time), and also one of the foodstuffs most synonymous with our fair city. Brined and coated in strong spices including black pepper, mustard seed, coriander, and garlic, beef briskets are smoked and then steamed to create the delicacy's signature meltingly soft texture. The pastrami sandwich? A local luminary and national treasure. But the deli darling that launched a thousand fake orgasms has also found itself the star of numerous dishes that straight up balk at the Earl of Sandwich's beloved invention. Here are our 10 favorites, which may just be the best thing to happen to pastrami since sliced rye bread.


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The 10 Best Restaurants in Sunnyside and Woodside

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Bradley Hawks
Venturo
Neither the 7 train thundering overhead nor the rising bourgie Brooklyn overflow into Sunnyside and Woodside have robbed these bordering neighborhoods of their charm. This may be the most diverse corner of the city's most diverse borough, and the area's annual St. Pat's for All Parade -- which, unlike Manhattan's version, embraces LGBT participants -- is emblematic of its inclusiveness. Restaurant-wise, your options span the globe, from Irish pubs to taquerias to Filipino fast food, and almost all are uniformly affordable. Here are the 10 best in the neighborhood.

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The 10 Best Taquerias in NYC

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Laura Shunk
Like bedfellows and debut albums, we're omnivorous in our tastes, which is why we go to different taquerias for specific tacos -- al pastor here, shrimp tacos there. You want the best cecina? Not here. You have to go to Queens. It is hard to do one thing well, and since a taco has the potential to be a perfect palmful of food, we think it deserves genuine focus. Here are the 10 best taquerias in NYC, each of which clearly executes its vision deliciously.

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The 10 Best Restaurants in Crown Heights

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As Brooklyn's borough-wide gentrification sweeps farther and farther east, it's crystal clear that Crown Heights is under the hazy glow of kale-and-yoga tinted spotlights. Long known for its abundance of West Indian specialties, in recent years the bustling neighborhood has experienced a surge in nouveau New American eateries, a Carob Spring if you will, that's helped solidify its place among the desirable Brooklyn enclaves. Luckily, the old guard stands strong, thanks to still-gentle rents and supportive local clientele, and for now, it seems the community will support both endeavors -- which means more great restaurants for everyone. Here are the 10 best restaurants in Crown Heights.


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The 10 Best Steakhouses in NYC

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Kept alive by nearly two centuries of chewing carnivores, the New York City steakhouse defiantly broils on. Classic steakhouses, like Peter Luger and Keens, enjoy a certain amount of stability not common in the current dining climate, where even the most exciting chef-driven small plates tasting counters last about as long as the Edison bulbs that light their communal bathroom foyers. Many of these meat mongers have histories as well marbled as the aged cuts they serve, often extending back into the 19th and early 20th centuries. Taking their cues from the gregarious man-and-meat gatherings known as beefsteak socials, these old guard chophouses almost always feature dark wood and clubby atmospheres, but thanks to this current period of food culture awareness, a modern version of the steakhouse has emerged, where starters and sides are less of an afterthought. Traditional or contemporary, the restaurants on this list all excel in both char and charm. These are the 10 best steakhouses in NYC.


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The 10 Best Breakfasts in NYC

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Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but it too often becomes an afterthought, skipped altogether in lieu of a hurried borough-to-borough commute. New York may not be much of a breakfast town -- unless you count the hordes who queue for corner store coffee and a mediocre egg on a roll -- but the city has a lot more to offer than that much-hyped cocktail hour we call weekend brunch. And one could argue that pancakes taste just as good on Monday as they do after an hour-long wait on Saturday.

Here are the 10 best breakfasts in NYC, which range from shops where you can grab sandwiches to-go, bakery/coffee shop duos, and bistros where you can indulge longer mornings playing hooky.

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The 10 Best Ice Creams in NYC, 2014 Edition

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Davey's ultra babka ice cream

Ice cream may have centuries-old roots, but technology and globalization are helping scoop shops push the frozen treat's boundaries with ambitious flavors and toppings. And while it's true that the city's old guard delis, diners, and malt shops are slowly fading away, you can still find a few surviving in neighborhoods that have resisted gentrification. Whether you're looking for wacky combinations, baller banana splits and sundaes, or just a scoop of plain vanilla, it's a great time to not be lactose intolerant in New York. The city that never sleeps has quickly become the city that can't stop, won't stop shoveling icy desserts into its mouth. Let's all follow suit.


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The 10 Best Restaurants in Astoria

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Bradley Hawks
Milkflower
Astoria is blessed with multiple thoroughfares brimming with restaurants, cafes, and bars, which honor the flavors brought here by the many waves of immigrants from Italy, Greece, North Africa, and Latin America. And as interest in the area surges among young people priced out of Brooklyn, shiny new spots focusing on seasonality and cutting edge ingredients are entering the market almost daily. Not that there's anything wrong with that -- for now, the old and the new coexist happily in this corner of NYC. Here are the 10 best restaurants in Astoria.

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The 10 Best Coffee Shops in Jersey City and Hoboken

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The morning grind of crossing over and under the Hudson requires some extra motivation, and with a burgeoning coffee scene that's been quietly percolating far beyond the Starbucks-and-Dunkin-dominated PATH hubs, there's never been a better time to detour for your morning fix. These are the 10 best coffee shops in Jersey City and Hoboken, from a psychedelic living room siphoning single origins in the Jersey City Heights to a newcomer roaster on Hoboken's northern edge that's on the brink of an East Village expansion.

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The 10 Best Appetizing Counters in NYC

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When seeking an enduring taste of this city's culinary heritage, look for preservatives. Smoke and salt have been used as methods of preserving foods far longer than New York has had a grid plan, but the ways in which these techniques were utilized by turn-of-the-century Eastern European immigrants established a subsection of local cuisine -- appetizing -- that was dominant for much of the 20th century.

Used as a noun, the term "appetizing" loosely describes the many pickled, smoked, cured, and cultured edibles served alongside bagels, and in many instances, the places that sell these goods are preserving traditions along with their fish. Their inextricable link to the city has recently reignited, as many relatives of early immigrants look to the past for inspiration while applying newly acquired techniques and culinary know-how. These New Kids on the Kreplach are working within an evolved terroir, but while they look to change the game, plenty of old guard shops have become rarefied destinations in their own right, sustaining a local clientele. Some feature table service, others aren't much more than salty bodegas -- all will give you a pungent taste of New York history. Here are the 10 best appetizing counters in NYC, perfect for noshing on some nostalgia.


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