I usually go to New York a couple of times a year. Of course, I have my favorite places to eat. But I wanted to hear from the best of you which restaurants/food stores you felt were the best in any particular category. I'll list mine, but I would certainly like to hear yours. One condition is that we never have a car when we are in town, so whatever listed needs to be walkable (within 10 blocks in a reasonably safe neighborhood) from the subway.
Pickles: Gus's (come on, there is no substitute)
Pastrami: Katz's (I know it's debatable, but I just don't like 2nd Ave, and Ben's is OK, but not close to Katz's)
Cuban: Little Havana, followed by Victor's
Corned Beef: Carnegie Deli (OK, touristy, but the Corned Beef is great)
Pizza: Still looking for great, but John's is good. Ray's is so-so
Rugalah: Ben Ash's (the only thing there I think is good)
Chinese Food: Wo Hop's
Pot Stickers: Dumpling House
Steak: Spark's (Peter Luger's tastes spoiled to me, though I do like their Strudel/Schlag combo)
Knishes: Maybe I don't like any except what my mother made. Don't like Yonah Schimmel's, Zabar's or Knish Nosh
Donuts: The Doughnut Plant
Blintzes: Stage Deli
Lemon Cupcakes: Sugar Sweet Sunshine Bakery
Hot Dogs: Not bowled over by Nathan's or Papaya Dog, which seems to be OK, but the only real attraction is that it is cheap.
Soul Food: Londel's
Well, that's my list. How about yours? I once had a great Indian meal at a nice restaurant on the Upper West Side, but it was back in 86, and I can't remember the name. So, I'd love to hear favorites. Indian? Spanish? Puerto Rican/Mofongo? Others?