The main problem is deciding what you want to eat: linguine with clam sauce, stuffed cabbage, canard a I'orange, sauer-braten with potato pancakes, moo sho pork, paella, tempura, tacos. Or just two eggs over easy. You can find it all in New York.
For lunch, no matter where you go it will be crowded. In the evening, avoid the areas around Fifth Avenue and Wall Street unless you like dining in solitude.
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It's best to head for the theatre district, Greenwich Village or one of the residential areas (East Side or Upper West Side).
Delicatessens (deli), a cross between grocery stores and restaurants, are known for their gargantuan sandwiches on all kinds of bread, garnished with huge half-sour (cucumber) or dill pickles; other specialities include salads and hearty soups like mushroom-barley or refreshing cold borscht. Some delicatessens are kosher.
Coffee shops and self-service cafeterias offer hamburgers, French fried potatoes (chips), simple dishes and pastries.