If you want to start the day someplace very low-key, get breakfast at Pearl Diner. Between the swivel stools, booths with rips covered in duct tape, and regulars screaming across the room about their coffee and tuna fish sandwich to go, it feels like things probably haven’t changed much since this old-school diner opened more than 50 years ago. The huge menu ranges from omelettes and pancakes to triple decker sandwiches and shrimp marinara. If you come in the morning, try the big, fluffy Belgian waffles with eggs and bacon that costs about $8, and for lunch, get one of the more than 40 types of burgers, like the one with ideal proportions of ham, mushroom, and fried onions.
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10 Corso Como
10 Corso Como is a big Italian restaurant at the Seaport with a memorable space and much less memorable food.
Schilling is one of very few nice little spots in the Financial District, making their Austrian-Mediterranean blend ideal for either a dad or a date.
Bombay’s Indian Restaurant
Bombay’s is an Indian restaurant in the Financial District that’s a great delivery option for lunch or dinner.
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Vinegar Hill House
One of our favorite restaurants in Brooklyn, especially in the summer when their back garden is in full swing. Bring some bug spray, eat a pork chop.
Floret is an all-day American spot on Bowery where you should have a casual meal on the nice outdoor patio.
Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill
Somehow, the Blue Ribbon brand’s new spot is just as excellent as its other outposts, despite being in a Midtown hotel. This spot is expensive though.
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Leo’s Bagels arguably has some of the best bagels in the city and their egg and cheese sandwich will make your FiDi mornings better.
B & H Dairy
B&H Dairy in the East Village is one of the last kosher lunch counters in the city, and they make fantastic tuna melts, latkes, and borscht.
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