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22 Restaurants Still Offering NYC’s Most Iconic Dishes

From classic restaurants like Sylvia’s and Barney Greengrass to game-changing items like the Cronut and the Levain cookie, here are quintessentially NYC foods available right now

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There are restaurants that reach legend status for a particularly iconic dish, and then there are those whose remarkable longstanding legacies make them New York classics. Each of the restaurants on this list falls under one of those categories. These include a few of New York’s most prolific success stories — like a certain Coney Island hot dog stand gone global and halal food truck that’s evolved into a chain of restaurants across the country.

All of these establishments have helped make New York’s dining scene what it is today. From one of the city’s last old-school fried chicken shops to a cult-favorite cookie bakery, here are 22 classically New York City restaurants whose kitchens are still up and running.

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Charles' Country Pan Fried Chicken

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The fried chicken at this Harlem institution has a sizable following. Diners can still get their hands on a soul food platter from this old-school fried chicken shop via Uber Eats. Charles’ Country Pan Fried Chicken is also offering takeout for orders placed in-person at the restaurant. Hours are noon to 10:30 p.m. daily.

Fried chicken, mac and cheese, and collard greens in a styrofoam container Khushbu Shah/Eater

Sylvia's

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Heartwarming soul food is still available at Sylvia’s, a Harlem fixture known for bringing Southern comfort to the neighborhood. The beloved restaurant is offering delivery via Postmates, DoorDash, and UberEats. For takeout, the restaurant asks diners to call in ahead of time at 212-996-0660. In addition to classics like fried chicken and cornbread, family-style orders and drinks like sweet tea are also available.

Patsy's Pizzeria

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Although Patsy’s has several franchise locations throughout the city, nothing beats getting a slice from the original. Patsy’s East Harlem location continues to fire up the perfect plain slice from an ancient oven. It’s now open for takeout. Other franchise locations are also open for takeout and delivery.

Patsy’s in East Harlem has a dark exterior with a red neon sign. Nick Solares/Eater

Barney Greengrass

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The Upper West Side Jewish deli that famously served the late Anthony Bourdain’s favorite breakfast — Nova Scotia lox egg scramble and bagels — is open for pickup, delivery, and shipping orders. Barney Greengrass currently offers same-day delivery to most locations within Manhattan for orders placed over the phone at 212-724-4707. The deli is also delivering to other NYC boroughs on a limited basis.

A man stands at the fish counter at Barney Greengrass Bess Adler/Eater

Levain Bakery - 74th Street

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NYC’s favorite chunky cookie purveyor is open for takeout and delivery, plus nationwide shipping. Levain’s famously gooey chocolate chip walnut cookies can be ordered via Caviar, and pickup orders can be made by calling any of the bakery’s five locations.

Michael White’s Michelin-starred Italian restaurant is open for takeout and delivery, with new dishes added to the menu. Despite the fresh adds, however, diners can’t go wrong with a classic order of fusilli with red wine braised octopus and bone marrow — the chef’s most famous pasta and one of the best in New York. Orders can be placed here.

A white bowl with fusilli, red sauce, bone marrow, and octopus. Nick Solares/Eater

Halal Guys

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Few lunches are as satisfying as the chopped lamb and chicken over rice from the Halal Guys, possibly NYC’s most widely recognized food cart. For those who kept the cart on their office lunch rotation, the popular platters are now available for delivery via Postmates, Uber Eats, and DoorDash. Don’t forget the white sauce.

Jackson Diner

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When Jackson Diner opened in 1980, it served mostly standard diner fare like eggs and burgers, but a few years later, it transformed for the local Indian population — and offered many New Yorkers their first taste of dishes that were less ubiquitous at the time, like the masala dosa. Curries, naan, and delightful items like a spiced fried fish are available for delivery and takeout by calling 718-672-1232.

Flatbread beside a bowl of hummus Robert Sietsema

SriPraPhai

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Sripraphai Tipmanee’s Woodside restaurant was one of the first places to introduce New Yorkers to regional Thai cooking, upping the ante for quality. It’s still a must-visit for Thai food fanatics, with favorites like chicken satay skewers and minced pork with rice still available. Takeout only.

Chicken satays Robert Sietsema

Shake Shack

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New York has many popular burgers, but Shake Shack’s Shackburger might very well be the favorite (though it’s faced backlash over how it handled new coronavirus-related small business loans). The chain remains open for takeout and delivery, with updates about temporary store closures posted here. The burger shop is requiring diners to place orders online or via the Shack Shack app and wait outside to get their food.

A Shake Shack burger in a paper wrapper, on top of fries. Nick Solares/Eater

Magnolia Bakery

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This list wouldn’t be complete without a Sex and the City mention. Although Magnolia Bakery became famous for cupcakes from a cameo in the show, true locals know to go for the banana pudding. The bakery remains open for pickup and delivery via its website or Uber Eats.

Minetta Tavern

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Minetta Tavern’s luxurious Black Label burger — one of the most-hyped burgers in the city — is available for pickup and delivery from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, and until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. View the menu here, and place an order via Caviar here.

A beef patty, with slight charring on top and caramelized onions, sits between two sesame buns. A slice of tomato sits on one side, and french fries can be seen in the back. Nick Solares/Eater

Dominique Ansel Bakery

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The bakery behind New York’s viral Cronut is offering takeout and delivery via Caviar from its Spring Street location. Diners can pick up or have the cream-filled croissant-doughnut hybrid and more delivered from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Russ & Daughters

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Home to one of city’s quintessential bagel and lox experiences, Russ & Daughters is delivering that experience to New Yorkers’ homes. The shop offers pickup and courier delivery services at its Lower East Side location: Pickup orders should be placed two hours in advance and courier delivery orders 24 hours in advance by calling 212-475-4880 x1. The LES location is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. In Brooklyn, orders can be placed through Caviar, and shipping is available through Goldbelly.

Pieces of salmon jut out of a bagel sandwich sliced in half, that’s placed on a white cermaic plate. A sign for Russ & Daughters hangs in the background. Bess Adler/Eater

Katz's Delicatessen

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It’s only fitting that New York’s most legendary pastrami sandwich maker continues dishing out the ultimate comfort fare during a pandemic. Diners can still order Katz’s via SeamlessUber EatsCaviarDoorDashPostmates, and delivery.com. Orders can also be placed via phone at 212-254-2246.

Half of a pastrami sandwich on a plate at Katz’s Delicatessen Nick Solares/Eater

Lombardi's Pizza

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The city’s first-ever pizzeria Lombardi’s is still slinging pies on Spring Street for pickup and delivery. All orders should be placed online here from noon to 8:30 p.m. daily. The pizzeria’s newer Chelsea location is temporarily closed.

Nom Wah Tea Parlor

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Chinatown’s oldest restaurant Nom Wah Tea Parlor has temporarily closed its original location, but its Nolita outpost remains open for takeout and delivery. Dim sum, noodles, and soups are available via Caviar. Frozen dumplings are also available upon request.

Dumplings from Nom Wah Nolita Nick Solares/Eater

Denino’s Pizzeria & Tavern

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Open since 1937, this famed Staten Island pizzeria is known for its thin, crisp bar-style pizza. Both pies and appetizers like wings and fried calamari are available. Critic Robert Sietsema recommends the clam pie. Available delivery and pickup through DoorDash.

A close-up shot of a cheese pie topped with clams. Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Di Fara Pizza

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Ordering delivery from Di Fara Pizza means forgoing a potential sighting of legendary pizzaiolo Dom DeMarco in the restaurant’s kitchen — but at least the pies are still available. Topped with three cheeses, fresh basil, and olive oil, the pizza here is one of the city’s most iconic. Di Fara is currently open for takeout, delivery, and nationwide shipping: 718-258-1367.

An overhead photograph of a pizza cut into eight pieces and topped with burnt cheese and pieces of basil. Di Fara [Official Photo]

Brennan & Carr

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Brennan & Carr’s famous Irish roast beef sandwich is still available for takeout in Sheepshead Bay. Call ahead at 718-769-1254, as hours may vary.

An Irish roast beef sandwich, served with cheese in its own juices. Nick Solares/Eater

L&B Spumoni Gardens

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This summertime institution known for Italian spumoni and thick-crusted Sicilian pizza is open for pickup and delivery. Pickup orders can be made via phone at 718-449-1230, and delivery is available via Uber Eats, Grubhub and Postmates. The restaurant may be able to deliver outside of its typical range if diners call in.

A whole Sicilian pie in rectangular form with puffy dough Sonia Chopra/Eater

Randazzo's Clam Bar

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Randazzo’s Clam Bar earns a mention for its fried calamari — swirls of squid coated in a light, golden batter, served with the restaurant’s equally iconic red sauce. It’s the perfect sunny waterfront meal. But for now, the restaurant is offering that prized menu item and more for pickup and delivery via Uber Eats from noon to 8 p.m. daily.

A gingham place mat is topped with a plate teeming with fried calamari, with a white paper napkin with a silver fork on the left, and a small dish with marinara sauce to the right. Randazzo’s [Official Photo]

Nathan's Famous - Coney Island

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Another big New York success story, the original location of Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island is delivering hot dogs and more through DoorDash, UberEats, Grubhub, and Postmates.

Customers wait in a line that wraps around the corner of the colorful Nathan’s Famous restaurant in Coney Island. Nick Solares/Eater

Charles' Country Pan Fried Chicken

The fried chicken at this Harlem institution has a sizable following. Diners can still get their hands on a soul food platter from this old-school fried chicken shop via Uber Eats. Charles’ Country Pan Fried Chicken is also offering takeout for orders placed in-person at the restaurant. Hours are noon to 10:30 p.m. daily.

Fried chicken, mac and cheese, and collard greens in a styrofoam container Khushbu Shah/Eater

Sylvia's

Heartwarming soul food is still available at Sylvia’s, a Harlem fixture known for bringing Southern comfort to the neighborhood. The beloved restaurant is offering delivery via Postmates, DoorDash, and UberEats. For takeout, the restaurant asks diners to call in ahead of time at 212-996-0660. In addition to classics like fried chicken and cornbread, family-style orders and drinks like sweet tea are also available.

Patsy's Pizzeria

Although Patsy’s has several franchise locations throughout the city, nothing beats getting a slice from the original. Patsy’s East Harlem location continues to fire up the perfect plain slice from an ancient oven. It’s now open for takeout. Other franchise locations are also open for takeout and delivery.

Patsy’s in East Harlem has a dark exterior with a red neon sign. Nick Solares/Eater

Barney Greengrass

The Upper West Side Jewish deli that famously served the late Anthony Bourdain’s favorite breakfast — Nova Scotia lox egg scramble and bagels — is open for pickup, delivery, and shipping orders. Barney Greengrass currently offers same-day delivery to most locations within Manhattan for orders placed over the phone at 212-724-4707. The deli is also delivering to other NYC boroughs on a limited basis.

A man stands at the fish counter at Barney Greengrass Bess Adler/Eater

Levain Bakery - 74th Street

NYC’s favorite chunky cookie purveyor is open for takeout and delivery, plus nationwide shipping. Levain’s famously gooey chocolate chip walnut cookies can be ordered via Caviar, and pickup orders can be made by calling any of the bakery’s five locations.

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Michael White’s Michelin-starred Italian restaurant is open for takeout and delivery, with new dishes added to the menu. Despite the fresh adds, however, diners can’t go wrong with a classic order of fusilli with red wine braised octopus and bone marrow — the chef’s most famous pasta and one of the best in New York. Orders can be placed here.

A white bowl with fusilli, red sauce, bone marrow, and octopus. Nick Solares/Eater

Halal Guys

Few lunches are as satisfying as the chopped lamb and chicken over rice from the Halal Guys, possibly NYC’s most widely recognized food cart. For those who kept the cart on their office lunch rotation, the popular platters are now available for delivery via Postmates, Uber Eats, and DoorDash. Don’t forget the white sauce.

Jackson Diner

When Jackson Diner opened in 1980, it served mostly standard diner fare like eggs and burgers, but a few years later, it transformed for the local Indian population — and offered many New Yorkers their first taste of dishes that were less ubiquitous at the time, like the masala dosa. Curries, naan, and delightful items like a spiced fried fish are available for delivery and takeout by calling 718-672-1232.

Flatbread beside a bowl of hummus Robert Sietsema

SriPraPhai

Sripraphai Tipmanee’s Woodside restaurant was one of the first places to introduce New Yorkers to regional Thai cooking, upping the ante for quality. It’s still a must-visit for Thai food fanatics, with favorites like chicken satay skewers and minced pork with rice still available. Takeout only.

Chicken satays Robert Sietsema

Shake Shack

New York has many popular burgers, but Shake Shack’s Shackburger might very well be the favorite (though it’s faced backlash over how it handled new coronavirus-related small business loans). The chain remains open for takeout and delivery, with updates about temporary store closures posted here. The burger shop is requiring diners to place orders online or via the Shack Shack app and wait outside to get their food.

A Shake Shack burger in a paper wrapper, on top of fries. Nick Solares/Eater

Magnolia Bakery

This list wouldn’t be complete without a Sex and the City mention. Although Magnolia Bakery became famous for cupcakes from a cameo in the show, true locals know to go for the banana pudding. The bakery remains open for pickup and delivery via its website or Uber Eats.

Minetta Tavern

Minetta Tavern’s luxurious Black Label burger — one of the most-hyped burgers in the city — is available for pickup and delivery from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, and until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. View the menu here, and place an order via Caviar here.

A beef patty, with slight charring on top and caramelized onions, sits between two sesame buns. A slice of tomato sits on one side, and french fries can be seen in the back. Nick Solares/Eater

Dominique Ansel Bakery

The bakery behind New York’s viral Cronut is offering takeout and delivery via Caviar from its Spring Street location. Diners can pick up or have the cream-filled croissant-doughnut hybrid and more delivered from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Russ & Daughters

Home to one of city’s quintessential bagel and lox experiences, Russ & Daughters is delivering that experience to New Yorkers’ homes. The shop offers pickup and courier delivery services at its Lower East Side location: Pickup orders should be placed two hours in advance and courier delivery orders 24 hours in advance by calling 212-475-4880 x1. The LES location is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. In Brooklyn, orders can be placed through Caviar, and shipping is available through Goldbelly.

Pieces of salmon jut out of a bagel sandwich sliced in half, that’s placed on a white cermaic plate. A sign for Russ & Daughters hangs in the background. Bess Adler/Eater

Katz's Delicatessen

It’s only fitting that New York’s most legendary pastrami sandwich maker continues dishing out the ultimate comfort fare during a pandemic. Diners can still order Katz’s via SeamlessUber EatsCaviarDoorDashPostmates, and delivery.com. Orders can also be placed via phone at 212-254-2246.

Half of a pastrami sandwich on a plate at Katz’s Delicatessen Nick Solares/Eater

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Lombardi's Pizza

The city’s first-ever pizzeria Lombardi’s is still slinging pies on Spring Street for pickup and delivery. All orders should be placed online here from noon to 8:30 p.m. daily. The pizzeria’s newer Chelsea location is temporarily closed.

Nom Wah Tea Parlor

Chinatown’s oldest restaurant Nom Wah Tea Parlor has temporarily closed its original location, but its Nolita outpost remains open for takeout and delivery. Dim sum, noodles, and soups are available via Caviar. Frozen dumplings are also available upon request.

Dumplings from Nom Wah Nolita Nick Solares/Eater

Denino’s Pizzeria & Tavern

Open since 1937, this famed Staten Island pizzeria is known for its thin, crisp bar-style pizza. Both pies and appetizers like wings and fried calamari are available. Critic Robert Sietsema recommends the clam pie. Available delivery and pickup through DoorDash.

A close-up shot of a cheese pie topped with clams. Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Di Fara Pizza

Ordering delivery from Di Fara Pizza means forgoing a potential sighting of legendary pizzaiolo Dom DeMarco in the restaurant’s kitchen — but at least the pies are still available. Topped with three cheeses, fresh basil, and olive oil, the pizza here is one of the city’s most iconic. Di Fara is currently open for takeout, delivery, and nationwide shipping: 718-258-1367.

An overhead photograph of a pizza cut into eight pieces and topped with burnt cheese and pieces of basil. Di Fara [Official Photo]

Brennan & Carr

Brennan & Carr’s famous Irish roast beef sandwich is still available for takeout in Sheepshead Bay. Call ahead at 718-769-1254, as hours may vary.