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Junior’s Restaurant

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 need to get home on a cold night.

Junior's Cheese Cake

Junior’s Cheese Cake

Don’t forget the famous cheesecake!

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

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