If you’re looking for something quick and affordable, pick up a cold cut sandwich from Tasty Deli. This counter-service spot has been in the neighborhood since 1957 and has a menu of over fifty different deli sandwiches. Most of the people who eat here have a “usual” and the guy behind the counter telepathically understands their needs. The “Celebrity sandwiches” and “Classics” are the most popular orders and a good place to start, but if you’re here before 10 a.m., the breakfast burrito is also a solid choice.
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From a 24-hour Cuban spot to a bakery with disturbingly good carrot cake, here are the 18 best places to eat in Washington Heights.
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Carrot Top Pastries
Carrot Top Pastries is a bakery and cafe that’s been making some of the best carrot cake in NYC since 1979.
Bodega Pizza is a great spot to bring a group for personal pies and beer in Washington Heights.
Malecon is a Dominican spot in Washington Heights that specializes in rotisserie chicken.
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Shelsky’s Brooklyn Bagels
Shelsky’s Brooklyn Bagels, in Park Slope, serves extremely good bagel sandwiches and smoked fish.
Russ & Daughters Brooklyn Navy Yard
The Brooklyn Navy Yard location of Russ & Daughters is huge, and a good place to get bagels, smoked fish, and baked goods.
Zabar’s is a longstanding gourmet deli on the Upper West Side that’s famous for smoked fish.
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Russ & Daughters Cafe
Russ & Daughters has finally expanded, after 100 years in business. Now you can sit down in a comfy booth while you enjoy your lox, and it’s glorious.
Melba’s is a spot in Harlem with some great fried chicken, catfish, and waffles. Try it for a casual meal, and get a side of mac and cheese.
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