Every New Yorker knows Zabar's, an Upper West Side institution. A specialty food market founded in the 1930s by Louis and Lillian Zabar, today's store is nearly a block long and serves 35,000 customers weekly.
Bagels, lox, smoked fish, gourmet cheese, bread, global coffees, knishes, chocolate rugalach, spreads and pates, seafood salads, prepared foods - it's a true New York historical food experience with so much more personality than newer upscale gourmet shops such as Dean & Deluca or Whole Foods.
Grab a salmon, lox and coffee to go, then walk two blocks West to a bench in Riverside Park - overlooking the Hudson River - for an al fresco feast.
2245 Broadway (at 80th Street)