Freshly baked pastries, pasta-for-breakfast, hearty brasserie food—here's where to recover from last night's Citywide Specials.
Originally Appeared on Condé Nast Traveler
Decked out in black and white tile and filled with long, gleaming glass cases displaying lox, knishes, and salamis, Famous 4th looks, smells, and sounds like the Jewish delis of yore. Sure, there’s a bit of schmaltzy nostalgia—but with a history it can trace back nearly a century, this spot is entitled to heap it on. Unlike some of the classic delis in New York, Famous is known as much for its mile-high corned beef and pastrami sandwiches as it is for its lox and bagels. The portions are easily big enough to share, or better yet, to enjoy as leftovers.
Who else is here, noshing on deli meats?
For decades, Famous has functioned as a sort of see-and-be-seen place for locals, including local politicians and machers (Yiddish for 'big wigs'), many of whom you can spot in the vintage photos that line the walls.
Should we be drinking anything in particular?
Stick with deli tradition and order a can of Dr. Brown’s or an egg cream, made as it should be: with Fox’s U-Bet chocolate syrup.
The main event, food—especially what not to miss.
While the menu is long enough that everyone from your date to your kid to your weird uncle can find something to order, make sure to concentrate on two select sections: the “overstuffed delicatessen sandwiches,” and the “smoked fish department.” If you don’t want to carry out leftovers, order one less sandwich or bagel than you think you'll need for the table—seriously.
When's the best time to get seated, and quickly?
Open everyday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., you can always find a table at Famous—but you might be waiting quite a while for one on Saturday and Sunday mornings. For faster service, stop by for a weekday breakfast or lunch.