The best casual restaurant in the nation is right here in New York City. Katz's Delicatessen has claimed the top spot on The Daily Meal's list of the 101 Best Casual Restaurants in America for 2017. The iconic Lower East side eatery opened in 1888 and has been serving its legendary corned beef and pastrami since. The food site had struggled with comparing casual restaurants like Katz's Deli to upscale restaurant's like Eleven Madison Park. So, they created this list in addition to their annual list of the nation's best restaurants. Here's a look at the other tri-state area restaurants that made the cut:
Chef Joey Campanaro shows Contessa Brewer the secret to Katz's classic Reuben sandwich on the deli's 125th annivesary in 2013.