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Recommendations/Critiques for "real" places itinerary NYC this weekend

A flock of seagulls | Nov 6, 201301:09 PM

Hi all, two of us are visiting NYC from Toronto this weekend, staying in Soho but open to anything in Manhattan. We have been to NYC quite a bit and have tried many of the popular places from Minetta Tavern to Russ and Daughters. Looking for places similiar to these- good food with some character. They can be touristy - we loved Katz's Deli.
Lunch/Dinner: So far thinking Grimaldi's Pizza under the Brooklyn Bridge, Smoked Fish from Barney Greengrass on Upper West Side, my fave Cuban sandwich at Cafe Habana in Nolita, burgers at Shake Shack, anything from Amy's Bread. No asian or indian - can get in Toronto.
Breakfast/Brunch: One breakfast at La Bonbonniere - need another breakfast or brunch..
Drinks: Tribeca Tavern is around the corner from us, and plan to try Ear Inn but need a few other options.
Dessert - looking for a great cheesecake option
Thanks all, nothing fancy, looking for down to earth places preferably those that have been around a while.

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