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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?