Junior’s Restaurant in Manhattan

Junior's Restaurant in Manhattan. Photo: Sora Vernikoff
Junior's Restaurant in Manhattan. Photo: Sora Vernikoff
Rating
4.7/5

It was 18 degrees and freezing Monday night, and as I found myself in the theatre district, it was a good time to meet a friend at Junior’s restaurant to warm up. We considered dining at Joe Allen at 326 W 46th St, but it’s closed on Mondays like most Broadway theatres. Junior’s was nearby, open and serving hot specialties. It’s located at 1626 Broadway at 45th Street.

Junior’s original location is at 386 Flatbush Avenue Extension, at the corner of DeKalb Avenue in downtown Brooklyn. Today there’s one in Times Square and in the lobby of the Fox Tower in the Foxwoods Resort in Ledyard, Connecticut. The restaurant was founded by Harry Rosen in 1950 after his family ran a diner in the location since 1929. Junior’s is named after Rosen’s two sons, Walter and Marvin, and is widely known for its iconic New York style cheesecake. It’s a favorite of tourists, locals, and celebrities alike.

Welcome to Junior’s in Times Square.

Menu Cover at Junior's Restaurant in Manhattan. Photo: Sora Vernikoff
Menu Cover at Junior’s Restaurant in Manhattan. Photo: Sora Vernikoff

Counter Dining at Junior's Restaurant in Manhattan. Photo: Sora Vernikoff
Counter Dining at Junior’s Restaurant in Manhattan. Photo: Sora Vernikoff

Junior's Dining Area
Junior’s Dining Area

Having grown up in Brooklyn, I couldn’t bypass sharing some iconic images adorning the restaurant walls.

Baseball Wall Art at Junior's Restaurant in Manhattan. Photo: Sora Vernikoff
Baseball Wall Art at Junior’s Restaurant in Manhattan. Photo: Sora Vernikoff

Coney Island and the Famous Steeplechase at Junior's Restaurant in Manhattan. Photo: Sora Vernikoff
Coney Island and the Famous Steeplechase at Junior’s Restaurant in Manhattan. Photo: Sora Vernikoff

Coney Island/Summer 1928 display at Junior's Restaurant in Manhattan. Photo: Sora Vernikoff
Coney Island/Summer 1928 display at Junior’s Restaurant in Manhattan. Photo: Sora Vernikoff

Down to business. What to order for a cold night from a great menu?

I don’t usually order soup, but something like their delicious pea soup comforts one on a cold wintry night.

Pea Soup at Junior's Restaurant in Manhattan. Photo: Sora Vernikoff
Pea Soup at Junior’s Restaurant in Manhattan. Photo: Sora Vernikoff

Some hot coffee should work out nicely with the soup.

A fresh hot cup of black coffee at Junior's Restaurant in Manhattan. Photo: Sora Vernikoff
A fresh hot cup of black coffee at Junior’s Restaurant in Manhattan. Photo: Sora Vernikoff

The soup was marvelously thick, hot, and delicious. A great accompaniment is the Single Potato Pancake.

Junior's Famous Single Potato Pancake with Sour Cream at Junior's Restaurant in Manhattan. Photo: Sora Vernikoff
Junior’s Famous Single Potato Pancake with Sour Cream at Junior’s Restaurant in Manhattan. Photo: Sora Vernikoff

The pancake is hearty and not light fare. The rich sour cream is marvelous and adds to the energy I needed to get home on a cold night.

Junior's Famous Cheesecaie.
Junior’s Famous Cheesecaie.

Don’t forget the famous cheesecake!

When you’re in the theatre district area and desire a less formal restaurant experience with wide menu options, Junior’s is the spot. Enjoy!

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Sora Vernikoff

Sora Vernikoff

Insightful author, journalist, blogger, world traveler, and Best-Selling and Award-Winning Author of Eat What You Want! Stop When You Want! found at A No-Diet, Weight-Loss Program at www.nodieting.net or Amazon. She has taught hundreds of unhappy dieters to use her eat and stop yourself weight-loss program to lose weight and find peace with food. Sora Vernikoff holds two Master’s Degrees, the first in Teaching and the second in English as a Second Language. She taught in the New York City Public School System in East New York, Brooklyn for 30 years and has traveled the globe. For many years she was also the New York City Charity writer for Examiner.com. An avid blogger, her own www.anewyorkerspointofview.com shares all things fun and entertaining in New York City while posting her interesting trips under the blog’s Travel tab. She is currently immersed in writing her next book, which teaches a Positivity Program letting you immediately zap negative or self-doubting thoughts in one session with but one question.

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