14 Places Every Born & Bred New Yorker Should Visit Before They Die

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It’s easy to get worn down by the commercialization of New York City.

It’s difficult to be patient with slow moving visitors clogging the sidewalks, jamming the venues, and making you feel like Gotham isn’t your hometown anymore.

That’s why it’s so important to hit parts of the city where the local factor is high, and the tourist level is low.

Nothing against the out-of-towners, but sometimes it’s nice to just hang out with other New Yorkers

Don’t get us wrong, many of these places are known by tourists, but for the most part, here’s where you go when you want to mix with born and bred New Yorkers.

Cup and Saucer Luncheonette (89 Canal Street)

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Basic. No frills. Nothing fancy. 

There’s diners and there’s diners, and then there’s the Cup and Saucer Luncheonette on the fringes of Chinatown. 

It’s cheap, it’s fast, it’s good, and it’s real.

BillyMark’s West (339 9th Avenue)

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Perched on the corner of 29th and 9th, BillyMark’s stands out from the rest of that fairly well-defined block. 

Your prototypical Dive Bar, this establishment is a holdout of a disappearing breed of NYC watering holes, and the people who enjoy them.

The Lemon Ice King of Corona (52-02 108th Street - Queens)

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This place is a little more well known these days, thanks to its cameo appearances on “The King of Queens,” but it’s still the most “delicious way to cool off,” as it has been since the Forties.

Amsterdam Billiards and Bar (110 East 11th Street)

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The other establishment on this list that might have a higher tourist factor, but the regulars all live here. 

What are you into? They got it. Pool tables, ping pong, foosball, with a kitchen and a full bar? Nothing but awesomeness.

Silver Age Comics (2255 31st Street - Queens)


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Take the N Train out to Ditmars Boulevard, and this little gem awaits you right in the station. There’s bigger comic stores, and they’ve got more stuff in stock but that doesn’t matter here. 

This is a real comic store, a throwback. You can tell as soon as you walk in, and the aroma of a store full of old books hits you.

All big budget star-studded superhero movies owe their existence to places like this, and the people who frequent them, not the newer, flashier stores.

Kellogg’s Diner (518 Metropolitan Avenue - Brooklyn)

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Open 24 hours a day, this Williamsburg joint has only been around since the early 70s, but it feels like a classic 40s or 50s place.

It caused a mild controversy when it underwent renovations in 2008, but that quickly died down once it became apparent that the Diner was about the people and the atmosphere it created, and niggling about updating its look was silly.

Arthur Avenue (The Bronx)

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This is “Little Italy” for locals. This entire Belmont neighborhood is jammed full of amazing bars and restaurants, offering Italian food that holds it own with any similar fare from all over the world. Pizza. Sausage bread. Amazing.

Yeah there’ll be out-of-towners, the old folks who’ve moved upstate and are coming back to stock up for family dinners.