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Don’t let the hip, glossy subway tiled interior fool you: as far as delis are concerned, The General Muir is the real deal. You can expect some seriously good matzoh ball soup, sandwiches featuring the pastrami they cure and smoke in-house, and fresh, hand-rolled and kettle boiled bagels with proper schmear options like scallion horseradish and dill caper. While it’s open for breakfast, dinner, and weekend brunch (all from a full-service dining room), we recommend it for lunch—there’s a separate counter service area where you can grab a great sandwich, plus bagels, salads, and pastries. Bonus: there’s an espresso bar with locally roasted coffee and a full bar.

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