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Times Square has it all. You can find first class lodging, all varieties of dining, entertainment, as well as tours of all parts of the city, shopping and nightlife in this exciting, vibrant and historic landmark in New York City. There are always events and attractions to be seen in Times Square, in the heart of the City that never sleeps.

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Known for wealthy neighborhoods and world-class museums, you also can expect great dining options in Upper Manhattan. Folks say that the food at Barney Greengrass, an Upper West Side delicatessen, is one of the greatest gifts Jewish culture has brought to humanity since the Ten Commandments. There have never been truer words spoken. Since 1908, Barney Greengrass, a.k.a. the sturgeon king, has been supplying New Yorkers with the finest smoked fish, the best bagels and quintessential deli fare, all of which is available to purchase at the retail store. Gothamites line up around the block to get a table in the adjacent dining room, where patrons kvell over scrambled eggs and lox, bountiful blintzes, a stellar matzoh ball soup and hearty sandwiches piled high with corned beef, pastrami or some of the city's best chopped liver. The décor (untouched since the Wilson administration) won't win any awards, but the laurels rest on the sturgeon king.

Some come to the Neue Galerie for the German and Austrian art, from Klimt and Klee to Loos and the Bauhaus, but foodies in the know give the masterpieces a cursory glance, then slip into the Upper East Side's Cafe Sabarsky, the museum's homage to turn-of-the-20th-century Viennese cafes. Apple strudel, opera cake and brioche are works of art in their own right and the hot chocolate, served unsweetened on a silver tray, is a very grown-up indulgence, as is the elderflower soda. In addition to the sweets, there is a savory menu: highlights include a top-notch plate of Viennese sausage paired with an anything-but-pedestrian potato salad; smoked trout crepes with horseradish crème fraiche; and spicy eggs with cornichons and paprika.

If you're in the mood for an informal snack, Tom's Restaurant on the Upper West Side fits the bill. Their delicious burgers and fries tantalize the taste buds, but it's really the television series “Seinfeld” that made this inexpensive coffee shop famous.

Midtown Manhattan's restaurant scene has several standouts that promise to please the palate. The notable French chef Alain Ducasse at the Essex House is renowned in Europe and now has come to America. Within the nostalgic, Art Deco splendor of the Essex House Hotel, his new creation is extravagantly appointed with silk-lined walls, Baccarat crystal, Lalique light fixtures and whimsical, sun-splashed red and gold décor. Selections are superbly prepared and flavored with honest French-style presentations. Classic service is top notch, inexhaustible and almost excessive. Just don't faint when you get the check!

Chef, owner and founder of New American cuisine Charlie Palmer continues to orchestrate a once-in-a-lifetime experience at Aureole. The food is delectable, and the presentations are unmatched for their distinctive style. Executed with impeccable precision, service does not take a back seat.

Carmine's is all about wonderful Southern Italian food served in abundant, family-style portions; it's about celebrating family and friends; it's about what makes New York great: the crowds, the hustle, the bustle and the lights of the Great White Way. Everyone needs to experience Carmine's at least once, but some just can't get enough—enough of the lush pasta ragù, a tomato-based sauce loaded with pork braciole, beef chuck roast, meatballs and sausage; of the linguine with clam sauce; or the chicken Marsala, often listed as a top favorite. The portions overwhelm even gavones: salads and appetizer plates heaped with meats, veggies and cheeses; platters of mushrooms stuffed with sausage (to die for); and the gooey, positively dreamy eggplant Parmesan. Although the breadbasket, with an assortment of varieties, may tempt, don't give in (too much), or you'll regret it when the tiramisu comes.

On the fringes of Midtown's theater district, the legendary Carnegie Delicatessen & Restaurant has been a Manhattan landmark since 1937 and is a must-see for anyone visiting or living in the city. Patrons can expect tight, bustling quarters and lots of New York attitude. They cure, pickle and smoke their own meats and many say the pastrami and corned beef are the world's best. Just the sight of the piled-high sandwiches will make your taste buds come alive—consider sharing one, because you shouldn't miss their cheesecake.

Bar none, Payard Patisserie & Bistro is the best place in town for croissants, macaroons and French pastries, including a stellar St. Honoré cake. The patisserie part of the operation, outfitted with bistro tables and chairs surrounded by display cases filled with every imaginable delight, is a great place to refuel with some sugar and caffeine before hitting Madison Avenue's tony shops. Chef Philippe Bertineau heads up the bistro, a soaring David Rockwell-designed space serving up fine French fare.

Renowned for its breathtaking panoramas and glamorous dreamlike ambiance, the Rainbow Grill debuted in 1934 as The Rainbow Room, a supper club for New York's elite and influential. Today, romance still comes alive with fine dining and formal service. The elegant lounge is a great place to meet for a cocktail and gaze out of the floor-to-ceiling windows from the restaurant's lofty perch on Rockefeller Center's 65th floor.

Two words sum up the dining experience at Midtown's Rosa Mexicano: great guac! To the uninitiated, that's guacamole, and it's prepared tableside, and it is f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s. The restaurant's Lincoln Center locale makes it a favorite among concert-goers, in no small part because of its smooth and competent service—even pre-theater diners will not feel rushed. Bright colors, a beautiful wall fountain and lots of light emanating from the floor to ceiling windows lend a cozy air to the bustling dining room. In addition to the much-lauded guacamole, you'll want to try the corn empanadas stuffed with lump crab and served with peach pico de gallo; tender chunks of pork slow-cooked in banana leaves; and grilled beef short ribs with tomatillo chipotle sauce. The pomegranate margarita, the house signature cocktail, is a revelation.

Tavern on the Green, a New York icon overlooking Central Park, opened its doors to patrons in 1934. Rich with history, this elegant restaurant is full of enchantment with its whimsical décor and brilliant chandeliers. Inside and out, flowers drape, murals cover walls, and everything drips with lights and lanterns. The menu, as eclectic as the dining rooms, is sure to please just about anyone's tastes.

Lower Manhattan has earned a reputation for bringing innovative, trend-setting (and delectable) selections to the Big Apple's restaurant mix. A hint of Eastern European mystique is evident at Danube, a grand and enchanting TriBeCa fantasy. Dangling fringed lanterns softly illuminate the jewel tones, eccentric portraits, mosaic wall murals and gold-leaf accents. Deep banquette seats and thronelike chairs are color-rich, plush and velvety. David Bouley breathes new life into traditional Austro-Hungarian dishes, as the selections are contemporary and beguiling—what began as a whisper is now a steady murmur around town.

If you're in the Meatpacking District, why go to a diner when you can “see and be seen” at Restaurant Florent? Besides, you won't find a menu as cosmopolitan and diverse at any of the greasy spoons dotting the West Side Highway. Long before Stella McCartney and the rest of the fashionistas opened up shop in the area, Florent had been satisfying the after-hours crowd with a perfect hybrid of classic French and hip American fare. Selections include a light and fluffy goat cheese omelette with apples, onions and herbs; a steamy bowl of moule frites; a lush country pate; Louisiana crab cakes topped with Creole mayonnaise; and, of course, the late night standby: a juicy burger paired with an enormous mound of fries. And, as befitting the city that never sleeps, Florent stays open into the wee hours.

Patrons of the traditional American tavern room never had it so good as at Gramercy Tavern, a rustic, yet first-class dining event sandwiched between Union Square and Gramercy Park. Wooden floors, copper enhancements, fresh flowers and trellised vines, coupled with the finest ingredients, linens and tableware, evoke the atmosphere of old New England with the best of New World refinement. This New York City favorite bestows true hospitality as an accent to its flawless pioneering approach to food.

Those who are easily intimidated should think twice about paying a visit to Chelsea's Grand Sichuan International. First, there's the menu. While the usual suspects are available, those with more adventurous palates would be wise to try the doughy and delicious soup dumplings, the five-spice beef or any of the dishes included under the heading “General Mao's Homecooking,” especially the positively beguiling vinegared potatoes, the spicy and sour sea cucumber, the preserved Sichuan-style turnip, and the chicken and loofah soup. The second hurdle to cross is the service, or lack of it. Servers are notorious for clearing the dishes of patrons while they're still eating. So, be forewarned: put on your thickest skin and prepare to deal with a gruff staff that won't offer to help decipher the menu and then will rush you out the door.

Since 1888, Katz's Delicatessen has been serving up classic Jewish-style fare in its gritty Lower East Side digs. During World War II, the deli gained fame with their catchy slogan, “Send a salami to your boy in the army.” OK, poets they're not, but they do know a thing or two about matzoh balls, so light and airy that if the soup wasn't anchoring them in the bowl, they'd up and float away. Katz's was the site of the “When Harry Met Sally” film scene where Meg Ryan, uh, causes a scene. Let's just say that she must have reeaalllyy liked the kugel, but if you'd rather not noodle, try the belly-busting three-meat platter, loaded with mounds of hand-sliced salami, brisket and corned beef.

The Odeon, the legendary TriBeCa landmark of 1980s downtown glamour and greed immortalized by Jay McInerney in his smash novel “Bright Lights, Big City,” not only survives among all the Johnny-come-lately's, but still shines bright. Famous, infamous and regular folk stop in all hours of the night and day for classic French-American bistro fare, including a knockout frisee salad with lardons, Roquefort and truffled poached egg; steak au poivre; homemade cavatelli with roasted vegetables; and pan-roasted salmon with lemon risotto cake, fava beans and sorrel. If it's available, don't pass up the passion fruit crème brûlée. Not only is it an indulgent treat, but it also will give you reason to linger in the Art Deco inspired dining room and watch the world go by.

Folks line up outside Pearl Oyster Bar waiting for the doors to open at noon and then file into the simple storefront, brimming with anticipation, for the sea-shack fare that New Yorkers in the know have come to love. Lobster rolls, overstuffed and oozing with great meaty chunks, are the entrée of choice at this Greenwich Village institution, but frankly, you can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Try the divine steamed mussels, out-of-this-world fried oysters or the smoky, New England-style clam chowder. Check out the blackboard specials, too. Now that the restaurant has expanded (at one time it just offered counter seating and a single table), waiting patrons no longer need to give diners the evil eye to hurry things along, making for a much more pleasant experience. Service is super casual, but quite hospitable.

If you plan to dine in NoLita, everyone, it seems, has something to say about Peasant, particularly that the Italian language menu is a little annoying, even pretentious, forcing patrons who aren't fluent to wait for a server to translate. Some also have quipped that you'll feel like a peasant after you've paid the bill, but on the upside, you will have dined like a king. Echoing the peasantry of former times, the focus at this cozy trattoria is on the hearth and open-fire Tuscan cooking. Pastas, such as the zuppa di pesce and the bucatini with langoustines, are amazing, as is the rabbit with fava beans and the bistecca alla Fio. A young, chic crowd gives this Peasant a hip sophistication and keeps it among the city's favorite Italian restaurants.

Union Square Cafe, Danny Meyer's first venture, is still as fresh and vibrant as it was the day its doors opened back in the mid-1980s, when the Union Square area was a desolate place known only for its drug dens and street crime. Now the neighborhood is one of the most enviable addresses in the city, due, in no small part, to the success of the ever-popular and much-beloved restaurant. USC is highly regarded for its award-winning wine list, its cordial and accommodating staff and its sophisticated yet accessible menu. Featured dishes include crispy lemon-pepper duck with pear-apple chutney, faro and Swiss chard; the classic roasted organic chicken with mustard-cognac sauce and roasted root vegetables; and the tremendously gratifying lobster shepherd pie. One can only hope that the celebrated banana tart with honey vanilla ice cream and macadamia nut brittle is always on the menu.

The best pizza in town is actually outside of town in Brooklyn. At Grimaldi's Pizzeria, nestled under the Brooklyn Bridge, you'll have to wait on a long line for a long time before being ushered into the hallowed, albeit cramped space. Like childbirth, you'll soon forget the pain inflicted by the wait as you spy the spectacular pies making their way out of the kitchen. Of course, the mozzarella is fresh, the peppers roast daily in coal-fired ovens and the jukebox plays plenty of Sinatra.

It's easy to sum up Peter Luger's, another Brooklyn standout, with just a few short phrases: dingy digs, gruff service, and, most importantly, steaks to die for. If you're looking for quintessential New York, it's right here. Highlights of a meal include the aforementioned unflappable staff, most of who have been there forever. They move from kitchen to table with uber-efficiency, delivering Luger's famous tomato and onion salad, sinfully rich creamed spinach and the best home fries money can buy. And the steaks? You'll be hard-pressed to find more desirable: magnificently aged marbleized hunks broiled to perfection and served sizzling on the platter. It doesn't get better than this.