Historic New York Dining
While trying out new restaurants is definitely exciting, a true foodie knows the value of an establishment that has endured throughout the years.
While in New York City recently, I decided to eat at some of their most historic restaurants. My only criteria was that the restaurant had to have been in business at least 100 years. How did it go? Have these establishments stood the test of time? Let’s find out!
My favorite food by a longshot is pizza. With that being said, it was a must that I try the very first pizzeria in United States, Lombardi’s Pizza in the Nolita neighborhood of Manhattan.
Lombardi’s Pizza was opened in 1905 and uses a coal oven to bake their pies. Unlike most other pizzerias in New York, Lombardi’s doesn’t serve pizza by the slice, only whole pies. With the pizzas being so delicious, this didn’t present a problem for me at all.
I ordered the standard plain pie and added pepperoni.
It was made with fresh mozzarella and a San Marzano tomato sauce, finished with some Romano cheese and a chiffonade of basil. This crust was light and airy though crisp on the very bottom and the sauce was very rich, the fresh mozzarella was delicious though placed too sporadically for my tastes, next time I’ll order extra cheese. ☺
Tip: Lombardi’s only accepts cash and checks.
Lombardi’s is located at 32 Spring Street, in the Nolita neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City.
Katz Delicatessen has been open continuously since 1888 in New York’s Lower East Side and is famous for their well-proportioned pastrami and corned beef sandwiches. In fact, it is the only deli in New York that still carves all of its meat by hand.
It should be noted that Katz produces it’s own meats that cant be found anywhere else. While commercially prepared beef is pressure-injected to cure in 36 hours, Katz still uses the natural artisanal curing process which takes up to a full 30 days to cure. The taste is noticeably more flavorful and robust in comparison.
Since I wanted the true Katz experience I got both the pastrami and corned beef on rye in half portions. They both were delicious with the pastrami being my favorite.
Next time I’m in New York I plan on trying their famous turkey sandwich and hot dogs.
Katz Delicatessen is located at 205 Houston Street, on the southwest corner of Houston and Ludlow Streets on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York City.
Russ & Daughters
Russ & Daughters makes the list even though technically it’s not a restaurant, it’s a family-operated Jewish appetizing store that opened in 1914. Russ & Daughters sells a variety of high-end smoked fish, caviar & New York-style gourmet foods from a walk up counter staffed by courteous (if you know what you want to order before they get to you) staff.
After seeing a feature on the Food Network I knew I had to try their specialty, the classic Smoked Lox Bagel.
The Smoked Lox Bagel comes with your choice of bagel, Gaspe Nova smoked lox, your choice of cream cheese, fresh sliced tomato, red onion and capers. I went with my favorite bagel, poppy seed and chose the horseradish cream cheese.
The combination was very tasty and could be recreated anywhere with the exception of the bagels. No one does bagels like New York!
Tip: The store is always crowded so expect a wait and there is no inside seating, although there are a few benches outside the store.
Russ & Daughters is located at 179 East Houston Street, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York City.
Have you dined at any of these historic New York restaurants? Any others that I should try next time I’m in the Big Apple? Comment below!
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