Second Avenue Deli
With a history going back to 1954, Second Avenue Deli in Murray Hill is a trademark New York restaurant serving up traditional, kosher Jewish cooking. Free bowls of gribenes—deep fried chicken skin and onions—make a perfect introduction to juicy brisket on rye and softball-sized potato knishes that are crunchy on the outside but soft, fluffy, and hot inside. Of course, you can't pass up the pastrami: order it on rye with no trimmings or toppings and add spicy brown mustard later as you eat. When the sandwich arrives, use your thumbs to pick up the edges of the bread (as if you were shuffling cards) and then, because the fat-to-meat ratio is never exactly right—even here—peer down at the pastrami and give a philosophical shrug.