2. Sarge’s Delicatessen & Diner

Photo courtesy Sarge’s 

Craving matzo ball soup at 3am? That’s where Sarge’s on 548 3rd Avenue really shines. Believed by most to be New York City’s only 24-hour Jewish diner, it offers filling comfort food at its finest. The waiters and clientele are also refreshingly down-to-earth.

The Pastrami Sandwich. Photo courtesy Sarge’s 

Inside, you’ll find vinyl booths and walls, lined with celebrity photos. You might not leave here with an autograph book full of signatures, but you will leave with a full belly, stuffed to the max. That’s especially true if you brave “The Monster.” Claimed to be New York City’s biggest sandwich, it’s a beautiful concoction of five different kinds of meats, tomato, lettuce, slaw and Russian dressing on rye. Try it to say you did, then bring the leftovers home to sustain you the rest of the week.