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New York City's 30 Most Iconic Dishes
Peking Duck House is one of New York City's 30 Most Iconic Dishes.

1. Peking Duck House

8.1
28 Mott St Frnt A (btwn Mosco St & Pell St), New York, NY
Peking Duck Restaurant · Chinatown · 93 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Whole ducks with perfectly crisp skins are brought to tables and carved before diners by skilled servers. Bring a group and a few bottles of wine — the restaurant is BYOB. Read more.

Nobu is one of New York City's 30 Most Iconic Dishes.

2. Nobu

105 Hudson St (at Franklin St), New York, NY
Japanese Restaurant · Tribeca · 194 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Nobu’s black cod is marinated in a combination of miso, sake, and mirin for three days before cooking. The result is a piece of fish with a burnished crust and buttery interior. Read more.

Russ & Daughters is one of New York City's 30 Most Iconic Dishes.

3. Russ & Daughters

9.3
179 E Houston St (btwn Allen & Orchard St), New York, NY
Gourmet Shop · Lower East Side · 422 tips and reviews

EaterEater: NYC might have better bagels and you could argue that there are other lox worth seeking out, but there is no better bagel and lox experience than the one at Russ & Daughters. Read more.

Katz's Delicatessen is one of New York City's 30 Most Iconic Dishes.

4. Katz's Delicatessen

9.0
205 E Houston St (at Ludlow St), New York, NY
Sandwich Place · Lower East Side · 1430 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Katz's serves New York's favorite pastrami sandwich. It's not a sloppy pile of beef and as Robert Sietsema notes, "the flavor is emphatically smokier" than other popular versions served around town. Read more.

Blue Ribbon Brasserie is one of New York City's 30 Most Iconic Dishes.

5. Blue Ribbon Brasserie

8.9
97 Sullivan St (btwn Prince & Spring St), New York, NY
American Restaurant · SoHo · 151 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Eric and Bruce Bromberg's signature dish at Blue Ribbon pairs rich, gooey bone marrow with a mixture of salty braised oxtail, vegetables, and herbs. Read more.

Mamoun's Falafel is one of New York City's 30 Most Iconic Dishes.

6. Mamoun's Falafel

8.4
119 Macdougal St (btwn Minetta Ln & W 3rd St), New York, NY
Falafel Restaurant · Greenwich Village · 335 tips and reviews

EaterEater: With its luxuriance of fried chickpea fritters, nutty tasting tahini, and fresh greens, onions, and tomatoes, Mamoun's falafel redefined a quick bite for New Yorkers. Read more.

Superiority Burger is one of New York City's 30 Most Iconic Dishes.

7. Superiority Burger

7.9
430 E 9th St (btwn 1st Ave & Ave A), New York, NY
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant · East Village · 148 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The Superiority Burger patty has a nice crust and pleasantly crumbly interior. It comes with plum tomatoes, Muenster cheese, and iceberg lettuce, on a Martin's potato roll. Read more.

Joe's Pizza is one of New York City's 30 Most Iconic Dishes.

8. Joe's Pizza

8.9
7 Carmine St (at 6th Ave), New York, NY
Pizza Place · West Village · 449 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Joe's Pizza serves the quintessential New York slice. The crust is thin and crisp, with even layers of cheese and tomato sauce. Read more.

Carbone is one of New York City's 30 Most Iconic Dishes.

9. Carbone

9.1
181 Thompson St (btwn Bleecker & W Houston St), New York, NY
Italian Restaurant · Greenwich Village · 241 tips and reviews

EaterEater: For their ultra luxe version of veal parm, Carbone uses premium veal from Pat LaFrieda, plus house-made mozzarella and a bright, unfussy tomato sauce. It is the platonic ideal of a veal parm. Read more.

Veselka is one of New York City's 30 Most Iconic Dishes.

10. Veselka

8.9
144 2nd Ave (at E 9th St), New York, NY
Ukrainian Restaurant · East Village · 644 tips and reviews

EaterEater: A plate of pierogies with sour cream and caramelized onions is the essential order — they're made in house and the restaurant goes through a lot of them, so you know they're gonna be fresh. Read more.

Momofuku Noodle Bar is one of New York City's 30 Most Iconic Dishes.

11. Momofuku Noodle Bar

8.1
171 1st Ave (btwn E 10th & E 11th St), New York, NY
Ramen Restaurant · East Village · 850 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Chang's pork buns have big, plump slabs of pork belly sticking out from the bun like a cartoon tongue, with clean cucumbers and earthy hoisin sauce between the meat and the dough. Read more.

Barbuto is one of New York City's 30 Most Iconic Dishes.

12. Barbuto

775 Washington St (btwn Jane St & 12th St), New York, NY
Italian Restaurant · West Village · 336 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Served with an Italian salsa verde redolent of anchovies and capers, the half chicken is every bit as good as it ever was, perhaps better. Read more.

The Spotted Pig is one of New York City's 30 Most Iconic Dishes.

13. The Spotted Pig

314 W 11th St (at Greenwich St), New York, NY
Gastropub · West Village · 846 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The roquefort-topped burger is one of the dishes that kicked off the haute burger craze, but it also deserves special recognition as the menu item that got diners hooked on Bloomfield's cuisine. Read more.

Gotham Bar and Grill is one of New York City's 30 Most Iconic Dishes.

14. Gotham Bar and Grill

12 E 12th St (btwn University Pl & 5th Ave), New York, NY
New American Restaurant · Greenwich Village · 220 tips and reviews

EaterEater: A lot of restaurants now serve tuna tartare towers like Gotham Bar and Grill, but the original is still the best. Read more.

Del Posto is one of New York City's 30 Most Iconic Dishes.

15. Del Posto

85 10th Ave (at W 16th St), New York, NY
Italian Restaurant · Chelsea · 278 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Like the rest of the Del Posto menu, Mark Ladner's show-stopping baked lasagna combines the best of the Italian and Italian-American culinary traditions. Read more.

Shake Shack is one of New York City's 30 Most Iconic Dishes.

16. Shake Shack

9.1
Madison Square Park (Madison Ave & E 23rd St), New York, NY
Burger Joint · NoMad · 1239 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The secret to the Shackburger's ever-lasting popularity is the patty, which has big beef flavor and just a hint of funkiness. Read more.

The NoMad Restaurant is one of New York City's 30 Most Iconic Dishes.

17. The NoMad Restaurant

1170 Broadway (inside NoMad Hotel), New York, NY
American Restaurant · NoMad · 392 tips and reviews

EaterEater: New York City is overrun with chickens for two, but this is the bird to beat. Daniel Humm stuffs a mixture of foie gras, black truffles, and bread crumbs between the skin and the meat. Read more.

Grand Central Oyster Bar is one of New York City's 30 Most Iconic Dishes.

18. Grand Central Oyster Bar

7.6
89 E 42nd St (Grand Central Terminal), New York, NY
Seafood Restaurant · Midtown East · 400 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The oyster pan roast is made with clam juice, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, Heinz chili sauce, celery salt, and half & half. It contains six Blue Point oysters from Long Island Sound. Read more.

Keens Steakhouse is one of New York City's 30 Most Iconic Dishes.

19. Keens Steakhouse

9.0
72 W 36th St (btwn 5th & 6th Ave), New York, NY
Steakhouse · Koreatown · 474 tips and reviews

EaterEater: This massive, flavorful mutton chop (actually a saddle of lamb) is well worth a trip to Keens, especially when you tack on a wedge salad, or a side of the famed prime rib hash. Read more.

21 Club is one of New York City's 30 Most Iconic Dishes.

20. 21 Club

21 W 52nd St (btwn 5th & 6th Ave), New York, NY
American Restaurant · Midtown East · 129 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The chicken hash — a mixture of cubed chicken, cream, Worcestershire sauce, eggs, butter, and sherry — is a real throwback to a different era. It’s pure, pull-no-punches comfort food. Read more.

The Halal Guys is one of New York City's 30 Most Iconic Dishes.

21. The Halal Guys

8.6
W 53rd St (at 6th Ave), New York, NY
Halal Restaurant · Theater District · 894 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Office workers and tourists alike line up day and night for the combo over rice at Halal Guys. You feel like a beast finishing one of these tubs of meat, rice, and tangy white sauce. Read more.

Marea is one of New York City's 30 Most Iconic Dishes.

22. Marea

9.3
240 Central Park S (at 59th St & Broadway), New York, NY
Seafood Restaurant · Theater District · 355 tips and reviews

EaterEater: For the fusili, fresh octopus is first braised in red wine and tomato sauce. The pasta is then tossed in the sauce, and the chunks of bone marrow are added to the mix. Read more.

Le Cirque Cafe is one of New York City's 30 Most Iconic Dishes.

23. Le Cirque Cafe

151 E 58th St (Between Lexington & 3rd Aves), New York, NY
Bistro · Midtown East · 131 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The pasta primavera is not listed on the menu, but you can order it by name. Read more.

Gray's Papaya is one of New York City's 30 Most Iconic Dishes.

24. Gray's Papaya

7.8
2090 Broadway (at W 72nd St), New York, NY
Hot Dog Joint · Lincoln Square · 242 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The Recession Special, which includes two dogs and a papaya drink (or soda) for $4.95, is still one of NYC's greatest deals. Read more.

Glaser's Bake Shop is one of New York City's 30 Most Iconic Dishes.

25. Glaser's Bake Shop

1670 1st Ave (87th Street), New York, NY
Bakery · Yorkville · 63 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Black and whites are the unofficial cookies of NYC, and this ancient bakery offers some of the best. Read more.

Joe's Shanghai 鹿鸣春 is one of New York City's 30 Most Iconic Dishes.

26. Joe's Shanghai 鹿鸣春

7.6
136-21 37th Ave, Flushing, NY
Dumpling Restaurant · 97 tips and reviews

EaterEater: A lot of restaurants serve good soup dumplings these days, but Joe's is the one that kickstarted New York's obsession with this delicacy. Read more.

Peter Luger Steak House is one of New York City's 30 Most Iconic Dishes.

27. Peter Luger Steak House

8.8
178 Broadway (at Driggs Ave), Brooklyn, NY
Steakhouse · Williamsburg · 682 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Peter Luger's porterhouse hits the table in a pool of hot butter and blood, with the filet and sirloin pre-sliced. Read more.

Di Fara Pizza is one of New York City's 30 Most Iconic Dishes.

28. Di Fara Pizza

8.2
1424 Avenue J (at E 15th St), Brooklyn, NY
Pizza Place · Midwood · 347 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Pies are topped with a three cheese blend, snips of fresh basil, and a thin layer of olive oil. Read more.

Brennan & Carr is one of New York City's 30 Most Iconic Dishes.

29. Brennan & Carr

8.5
3432 Nostrand Ave (at Avenue U), Brooklyn, NY
Sandwich Place · Sheepshead Bay · 111 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The signature dish at this beloved Gravesend institution is a Kaiser roll full of a roast beef that's liberally doused in a thin, salty liquid known as "the broth." Read more.

Totonno's Pizzeria Napolitano is one of New York City's 30 Most Iconic Dishes.

30. Totonno's Pizzeria Napolitano

8.0
1524 Neptune Ave (btwn W 15th & W 16th St.), Brooklyn, NY
Pizza Place · Coney Island · 109 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The crust has a char that may surprise diners who have never tasted real coal oven pizza before, and the toppings are delicately applied. Read more.