2. Sarge’s Delicatessen & Diner

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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, the eatery has been around since 1964, offering filling comfort food at its finest. Not only is breakfast, lunch and dinner served around the clock, but the waiters and clientele are also refreshingly down-to-earth.

The Pastrami Sandwich. Image courtesy Sarge’s 

Inside, you’ll find vinyl booths and walls lined with celebrity photos. Although you might not leave here with an autograph book full of signatures, 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.