Top 5 American restaurant picks

By Bryna Shuman, Contributing Writer

New York City is often called the melting pot of the world because of its wide range of delicious international cuisine. But sometimes you just can’t beat traditional American grub. Here are the top must-try American restaurants in New York City.

1. Duke’s

Duke’s is a little slice of the South located right in Manhattan. The walls are covered with memorabilia and colorful Christmas lights, and a stack of trivia cards is on every table. Try their award-winning chicken wings, which range in spiciness from mild to XXX ($10-$30). Or try one of their giant burgers ($10.50-$14.50) with thick-cut fries. Other highlights include barbecue ribs ($22) and buttermilk fried chicken ($18.50).
99 E. 19th St. Delivery available. (212) 260-2922.

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2. Peanut Butter and Co. Sandwich Shop

The creative menu more than makes up for the unassuming atmosphere of the restaurant. The Lunchbox Special ($5), consisting of a classic PB&J sandwich, potato chips and carrots, is a perfect quick lunch — and you avoid Kimmel’s crowds. If you’re feeling slightly more adventurous, try the Pregnant Lady sandwich ($6.25), which is made with peanut butter and pickles. They also have a wide range of decadent peanut butter desserts. Grab some homemade cookies to-go ($1.50 or 4/$5) or indulge in a slice of their world-famous Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie ($4.50).
240 Sullivan St. Delivery available. (212) 677-3995.

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3. The Bowery Diner

The Bowery Diner is a traditional ’50s diner — comfy booths and plushy barstools included. Open 24 hours and specializing in breakfast, the Bowery Diner serves the ultimate American food. Choose a hot stack of pancakes ($8) with freshly squeezed orange juice ($3.75), or enjoy a bowl of steaming chili ($6). Up late cramming? Be sure to grab one of their delicious shakes ($6.75). Flavors like Pumpkin Cheesecake and Coconut Passionfruit can make calculus almost seem enjoyable.
241 Bowery St. Delivery available until midnight. (212) 388-0052.

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4. MacBar

It doesn’t get more American than macaroni and cheese. MacBar features 12 varieties of the creamy dish, and all are made with the traditional elbow macaroni. For a simple meal order the Classic ($5.99 for a small) or Four Cheese ($6.99 for a small). To step out of your comfort zone, try the Mac Reuben ($7.99 for a small) or Mayan Chipotle ($6.99 for a small).
54 Prince St. Delivery available. (212) 226-0211.

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5. Grandma’s House

Just as the name suggests, Grandma’s House has a cozy and warm atmosphere ­— white lace curtains hang in the windows and flower boxes line the exterior. Grandma’s serves up delicious comfort food, from French toast ($7.50) to the four-layer grilled cheese sandwich ($7.50). Start your meal with a bowl of sour pickles ($3) and end it with a rich chocolate egg cream ($2.50).
27 Peck Slip between Water Street and Pearl Street. Delivery available. (212) 472-6362.

Bryna Shuman is a contributing writer. Email her at [email protected]