What to Order at Four-Decade-Old Fortunato Brothers

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At just past 8 a.m., the masses of humanity slowly start entering the shop. Mothers on their cell phones, three day-bearded graphic designers, and men in sweat pants and gold chains file in, hungry and in need. It's a diverse swatch of Brooklyn that goes to Fortunato Brothers (289 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-387-2281) for a sweet fix, looking for a taste of the familiar.


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Why Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop Is a Pillar of the NYC Diner Scene

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Robert Sietsema
Hit Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop (174 Fifth Avenue, 212-675-5096) at the end of the lunch rush, and it will still be busy, full of a unique mix of construction workers, businessmen, locals, and a few tourists, who share the 25-seat long counter. You'll see suited types with gold pinkie rings enjoying pastrami on a sub roll, and you'll hear German tourists discussing just exactly what a tuna melt is. With its melting pot of cultures and dependable food, Eisenberg's exemplifies the essence of a true New York diner.

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Post-Remodel, Is the Village's 99-Year-Old Caffe Dante Still Worth the Visit?

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The coffee shop hang, a quintessential European custom, is a dying fad in this country. Where once writers and intellectuals came to talk about the world's problems and joys and ingest caffeine, we now do actual -- and often independent -- work. Calls are made, emails are sent and replied to, and profiles are stalked. In Greenwich Village, where coffee shops and music flourished in the 1960s with the likes of Bob Dylan and Dave Van Ronk, there is still one place that remains a coffee hangout: Caffe Dante (79 MacDougal Street, 212-982-5275).

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Inside the Best Kept Secret in Brooklyn: Emily's Pork Store

For 40 years, Emily's Pork Store (426 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn) has been serving Williamsburg some of the best homemade sandwiches, sausage, salami, cheese, among other traditional Italian gourmet products. Behind the counter, Jerry Aliperti, the owner, can be found juggling tasks -- cutting meat, making sandwiches, stuffing sausages and chatting with customers.

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The Finest Juice Bar in the City: Tra La La

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Kevin Kessler
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It's early afternoon at the Essex Street Market (120 Essex Street [at Delancey Street]) as Ira Stolzenberg and Ron Budinas -- partners for the past 40-plus years -- work their adjoining storefronts, juicing vegetables for Tra La La Juice Bar and slicing fresh fish for their fish stall, Rainbo's. They also work on applying green and orange icing to a custom-order cake, another aspect of their mini-conglomerate at the southwest corner of the market. Known for their fresh fish, healthy juices, and fresh baked goods, Ira and Ron are busy from dawn till dusk.

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Here's Where to Find the Best Smoked Salmon in the City

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On the streets of Williamsburg and throughout Manhattan, the idea of preserving something from years ago, like a vintage Vespa or your grandmother's sewing machine, is very much in style. In the last year alone, three of the most hyped restaurants have been based on old Jewish culinary traditions: Russ and Daughters Café, Baz Bagels, and Black Seed Bagels. But the best place to find the treats that those places specialize in still exists, and it's only a short 6-train away.

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The UES's Silver Star Is One of the City's Best Diners

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Kevin Kessler
Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer went to Monks Coffee Shop all those years for a reason: diners are comfortable. A great diner is the opposite of stuffy without being a dive; it's where people feel at home when they eat. And for many New Yorkers, the neighborhood diner is situated in psychological space firmly between the office and home.

But finding a good diner is like finding a good tailor: It takes time, and trust develops over many visits. You want a place where you can hang comfortably with friends and strangers, where you can recharge your battery. You want a go-to restaurant, a place that's always your back-up plan and the perfect spot for a post-drinks nightcap.

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Why You Should Visit the Giglio Feast, a Mecca of Italian Street Food

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While a band plays nearby, 125 Italian men lift a five-story, six-ton tall statue and parade it around, yelling at each other, just as they do every year. Welcome to the 127th annual Giglio Feast.

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Find Great Iced Coffee and 40 Years of Williamsburg History at Caffe Capri

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Your local coffee spot can define your neighborhood and your daily schedule like few other things can. It's often where your day starts to move, where your pre-work ritual starts, where you meet the neighbors, and where your midday pick-me-up caffeine is found. This is what those lucky enough to live near Graham Avenue in Williamsburg find in a wonderful 40-year-old landmark, Caffe Capri (427 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-383-5744), run by the dynamic brother and sister-in-law combo of Sarah Devita and Joe Rinaldi.

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The Ear Inn: The Best Aged Bar in the City?

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Situated on Spring Street in west SoHo, The Ear Inn (326 Spring Street, 212-431-9750) would be a rare gem in any city: It's a reliable bar with interesting people, good food, and a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere. Oh yeah, and it's also one of the oldest drinking establishments in the city, but that's not the only reason why you should pay a visit.

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