Best Mexican/margaritas: Lucy's Cantina Royale
1 Penn Plaza
The fare is your standard Americanized Mexican and the rooftop patio has a decent view of the Empire State Building, which is all you need/want when you’re throwing back beergaritas -- giant, strong margaritas with a Corona dumped right in -- before hopping on NJ Transit to see Beyonce at MetLife/your Mother in Camden.
Best White Castle: White Castle
525 8th Ave
It's open 24 hours and, in a truly interesting twist, it's a White Castle.
Best steakhouse/mutton chop: Keens Steakhouse
72 W 36th St
Founded in 1885, it has the largest archive of smoking pipes in the world -- thousands upon thousands line the interior, and include ones smoked by Teddy Roosevelt, Babe Ruth, and "Buffalo Bill" Cody. Definitely try the famous mutton chop at least once in your lifetime, but if you're not particularly into old sheep, fall back on the prime rib.
Best burger: Black Iron Burger
245 W 38th St
With a double 4oz patty, horseradish cheddar, stout caramelized onions, and horseradish mayo, the Black Iron Burger is the presumed centerpiece, but the patty melt is a sleeper hit. Trust us.
Best upscale smorgasbord: The Pennsy
2 Pennsylvania Plaza
This 8,000sqft food hall boasts eats from a roster of serious culinary talent, from burrito-sized sushi rolls by Chef Franklin Becker to the first brick-and-mortar location by Pat LaFrieda (!). Put down that Auntie Anne’s pretzel, grab a doughnut from the Cinnamon Snail, and be prepared to miss your train.
Best daytime pizza: Pizza Suprema
413 8th Ave
Colin "Slice Harvester" Hagendorf, who had a moment a few years ago when he successfully ate pizza at every spot in the city, rated the crispy-crusted plain slice above all others. It's definitely up there with the best of 'em.
Best late-night pizza: Rose Pizza
There’s not one, but two locations with these huge, cornmeal-studded-crust specialty pies on the LIRR center strip inside Penn Station, so if the friends you lost at some point during the night aren’t waiting for the 4:14am back to Huntington at the first one, they’re definitely at the second. Barbecue or Buffalo chicken is the move.
Best meat shop: Salumeria Biellese
378 8th Ave
Specializing in super-tasty cured meats and house-made sausages since 1925, this old-school Italian deli also prepares a ridiculous meatball Parm hero.
Best actually good Neapolitan pizza from a restaurant in a Macy's: Stella 34 Trattoria
151 W 34th St
Everyone knows department store restaurants are amazing, but Stella 34’s wood-fired Neapolitan with fior di latte mozzarella, Caputo flour, and San Marzano tomatoes sets a entirely new standard for pizza that can be purchased in the same location as a Nautica blazer. And the view from the 6th floor of the Macy’s flagship is impressive enough to write home about, but who does that anymore?
1. Lucy's Cantina Royale1 Penn Plaza, New York
2. White Castle525 8th Ave, New York
3. Keens Steakhouse72 W 36th St, New York
4. Black Iron Burger245 W 38th, New York
5. Pizza Suprema413 8th Ave, New York
6. Rose's Pizza1 Penn Plz, New York
7. Salumeria Biellese376 8th Ave, New York
8. Stella 34151 W 34th St, 6th Floor, New York
This surf-themed casual Mexican eatery and bar near Penn Station is a solid post-work happy hour choice. The fare is your standard Americanized Mexican and the rooftop patio has a decent view of the Empire State Building, which is all you need/want when you’re throwing back beergaritas -- giant, strong margaritas with a Corona dumped right in. If the weather isn't friendly, take your tacos and quesadillas in the bamboo-bedecked dining room.
Open 24 hours, the sliders are small, steamed, and delectable and also White Castle.
Keens was the gentlemen-only meeting place for all sorts of playwrights, publishers, producers, and newsmen of the Herald Square Theatre District back in the day... which was 1885, by the way. Today, the legendary steakhouse maintains its reputation and continues to deliver quality eats in an old-timey atmosphere, and women are now allowed in (!!). Wondering what to order? Try the mutton chops, word is you won't regret it.
This branch of Black Iron Burger is a welcoming, rustic stop in the midst of bustling Midtown. Its iron-branded, griddle-cooked burgers are endlessly customizable, from housemade sauces (like Caesar mayonnaise and tahini yogurt) to Alpine-smoked bacon and wasabi horseradish cheddar. Pair it with 10 craft beers on tap and homemade malted milkshakes.
Colin "Slice Harvester" Hagendorf, famed for eating a slice of pizza at every spot in the city, rated the crispy-crusted plain slice at this joint above all others (435 others, to be exact). And we agree: Suprema is definitely up there with the best of ‘em. This family-owned pizza haven has been slinging doughy street slices in Chelsea since 1964, and although the first 24 years of its life were spent serving "plain slices only," that mandate has since been lifted. Now, you can add a whole host of classic toppings to your pie or slice, from pepperoni, sausage &meatballs to mushrooms, garlic & fresh-roasted red peppers.
Located in Midtown, Rose's serves up terrific crispy-crusted pizza that is the best of the best. And that’s even accounting for diminished returns.
Since 1925, this old-school Italian deli has been one of New York City's premier cured meat and (house-made) sausage distributors. And in addition to its imports and on-site creations, Salumeria Biellese also supplies a variety of prepared foods and sandwiches. We highly recommend the meatball Parm hero.
Since you likely already have all the sensible cardigans you'll ever need, here's another reason to step foot in the Herald Square Macy's: a completely legit sixth-floor restaurant with sick views of the Empire State Building.