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Gramercy Kitchen

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Gramercy Kitchen defines itself as a "Modern Diner". The place is contemporary, with blue and white tones and a bar overlooking the open kitchen, but the menu stays true to it's diner roots. Choose from a wide selection of breakfast classics, sandwiches, salads, burgers and seafood. Open daily from 8am to 10pm.
Founded in 1950, three blocks south of the World Trade Center, George’s Restaurant had to be demolished after 9/11, due to structural damages. The owners George and his son Billy made the decision to rebuild. George’s Restaurant is back and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Enjoy a wide selection of burgers, sandwiches and wraps.

The Harold

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Founded in 2014, The Harold is located in the heart of Herald Square. This "american bistro" is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu features french and american culinary specialties, from the traditionnal french onion soup to the american burgers. Try also the lobster mac & cheese! And follow my advice: grab a table on the mezzanine to enjoy a view on Herald Square!

Westway Diner

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This family owned restaurant has been established in 1988 in the Hells Kitchen district. The decor is typical with wide benches and murals depicting New York City. The 8-page menu features all the american recipes: salads, burgers, pastas and cakes. Open everyday from 6 AM to 1 AM.
This Spanish restaurant is named after a small village in the North-West of Spain, Tomiño, in Galicia. The 2 Spanish chefs, Fran Novás and Rogelio Garcia, ropose all the main spanish recipes : bacalao, chipirones, chorizo, menestra de verdura, pimientos del padron... You can also order Spanish wines from the Bierzo and the Duero regions.

Bagel Boss

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Founded 50 years ago in Long Island, Bagel Boss is now in Manhattan. Enjoy a wide selection of bagels and ask for your toppings. What about the bagel with salmon and cream cheese ? This one is my favourite ! :-)

Da Andrea

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Da Andrea is a traditional italian restaurant founded in 2001 in West Village. The chef Meliano Andrea changes the menu daily, according to the fresh product he finds in the market. And, of course, all of the pastas and focaccias are home made. During the summer, you can enjoy your dinner on the sidewalk patio. The Emilia Romagna is not so far!
In 1926, at the time of the prohibition, Frankie and Johnnie's was a secret place. The customers had to give a password ("Frankie" or "Johnnie") to access the restaurant through a back door... Of course, times has changed now. But Frankie & Johnnie's Steakhouse still have regulars clients and tourists who come to taste steaks, ribs or T-Bones, à la carte or according to the menu. Note that the restaurant has two addresses in New York.
Located on 33rd Street and 3rd Avenue, Brickoven Pizza 33 is a family owned pizza restaurant founded in 2000 by Emilio Rino Lacerra. This native from the Almalfi Coast is working with his son and they offer a long list of thin crust pizzas. A funny thing : on their website, you can watch a video featuring Emilio preparing and cooking a pizza in his brick oven pizza.

Levain Bakery

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Founded in 1995 in the Upper West Side by Constance McDonald and Pamela Weekes, the Levain Bakery is known for its large variety of fresh-baked artisanal breads and its cookies. Don't miss its 6-ounce chocolate chip walnut cookies! Levain Bakery is also available in Harlem and in the Hamptons.

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