NYC: Eats From Another Era

By , Thursday, Feb 4, 2010, 12:38 PM

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Veselka serves such Eastern European favorites as veal goulash, blintzes stuffed with farmer's cheese and drizzled with raspberry sauce, and, pictured here, soul-warming borscht with bread. (Courtesy Veselka)

No Ukrainian menu would be complete without pierogies, which are lovingly handmade in-house at Veselka—up to 3,000 daily. (Courtesy Veselka)

Veselka, which started in 1954 as a tiny candy shop, has expanded into what is today one of the most beloved around-the-clock comfort food restaurants in the East Village. (Courtesy Veselka)

Sitting at the old-fashioned lunch counter at Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop lets you watch the line cooks in action. (Courtesy Eisenberg\'s Sandwich Shop/Val Clark)

A BLT at Eisenberg's lives up to the shop's tag line, "Raising New York's Cholesterol Since 1929. (Courtesy Eisenberg\'s Sandwich Shop/Val Clark)

Snapshots of celebrities posing with quirky owner Josh Konecky are plastered on the walls at Eisenberg's. (Courtesy Todd Bradway)

On most nights, owner Eva Matischak mills about Heidelberg Restaurant, checking that patrons' beer mugs are refilled with one of eight German brews on draft. (Courtesy Heidelberg Restaurant)

The East 86th Street stretch of Yorkville, on the Upper East Side, was once referred to as the "German Broadway" for its bevy of Bavarian restaurants and food emporiums. Heidelberg is one of the few still in business. (Courtesy Heidelberg Restaurant)

Take a tally of the current restaurants in Grand Central Terminal and you'll be hard-pressed to find original establishments—except for the 96-year-old Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, appropriately built below sea level behind the dining concourse. (Courtesy Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant)

Grand Central Oyster Bar's main attraction is the 30-plus bivalves that hail from such salty waters as Northumberland in Nova Scotia, and Willapa Bay and Totten Inlet in Washington. They're a deal at about $2 apiece. (Courtesy Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant)

Navigating the confounding warren of streets that make up Chinatown is good preparation for the experience of a traditional dim sum meal served at the no-frills Nom Wah Tea Parlor. (Courtesy Todd Bradway)

There's no menu at the 90-year-old Nom Wah Tea Parlor. Non-Chinese-speaking diners simply nod yes for dim sum and patiently sip tea as the chef-cum-waiter brings out plate after plate of spring rolls, fried wonton, succulent dumplings, and sticky buns. (Courtesy Todd Bradway)

Known affectionately as the Knishery, Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery, a 100-year-old establishment on the Lower East Side, ascribes to a simple slogan: One World. One Taste. One Knish. (Courtesy Todd Bradway)

The rustic dining room at La Nacional is furnished with farm-style wooden tables and wrought-iron wall sconces. (Courtesy La Nacional)

La Nacional's chef and owner, Jesus "Lolo" Manso, prepares generous portions of authentic paella and tapas. (Courtesy La Nacional)

Savory and sweet options at the Knishery include classic potato, broccoli ("a knish fit for presidents and kings," claims the menu), chocolate cheese, and apple strudel ("just like grandma made"). (Courtesy Todd Bradway)

Even Barbra Streisand once waxed poetic about her affinity for the tiny Knishery—while in concert at Madison Square Garden. (Courtesy Todd Bradway)