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On The Rails: 5 great eats, 5 great sights on the N line

The N train rides from Astoria through Manhattan to Coney Island. The line covers some of the most diverse neighborhoods to some of the most business-y. Along the miles of track, we've found five places where you should get off the train and grab a bite--and five great places to stop and a look around.

Take a ride with us for our first installment of On The Rails.

Taverna Kyclades, Astoria-Ditmars stop

A few blocks off the very last stop
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A few blocks off the very last stop of the N line is Taverna Kyclades, one of the famous Greek staples of Astoria. Considered one of the best Greek restaurants in the entire city, Taverna Kyclades often has a line that snakes around the corner. But at least some famous patrons have decided the line is worth it: Bill Murray and George Clooney dined there in March. Anyone up for some octopus?

Olive's, Prince Street stop

Skip right over midtown and head to Olive's
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Skip right over midtown and head to Olive's in SoHo, named after a Portuguese water dog. It's the go-to spot for lunch in SoHo, but there's also the breakfast sandwiches, which will make you long for the days of breakfast meetings.

Teresa's, Court St. stop

Greenpoint may historically have been the Polish area
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Greenpoint may historically have been the Polish area of Brooklyn, but Teresa's in Brooklyn Heights offers some of the best pierogis in the city.

Greenwood Park, Prospect Ave. stop

Greenwood Park, Sunset Park's 13,000-square foot beer garden
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Greenwood Park, Sunset Park's 13,000-square foot beer garden once was an auto shop (there are still garage doors to remind everyone of its earlier incarnations). In addition to the 60 beers on tap, there is also a seasonal menu--and an occasional free pig roast.

Gargiulo's, Coney Island stop

The Coney Island institution Gargiulo's is still kicking
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The Coney Island institution Gargiulo's is still kicking after more than 100 years. There are still waiters in tuxedos and lobsters in a tank. When you step off the last stop on the N, you'll feel like you stepped into another era.

Astoria Park, Astoria Boulevard stop

It's a bit of a hike from the
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It's a bit of a hike from the nearest subway stop (either Astoria Boulevard or Astoria-Ditmars would work), but the hike is worth it. We've named it the best park to see the sunset, but there is also the city's largest pool, tennis courts, a track and hiking trails. Oh, and the sunset over Manhattan will set your Instagram on fire.

McGee's, 57th St.-7th Ave. stop

Midtown is full of tourist traps. But somewhat
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Midtown is full of tourist traps. But somewhat lesser-known for taking out-of-town relatives is McGee's, the bar that "How I Met Your Mother's" McLaren's is based on. The bar has specialty drinks named after the show's catchphrases and trivia for the superfans. Over the years, all of the cast has visited.

City Hall, City Hall stop

The United States, as a rule, is general
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The United States, as a rule, is general pretty lax when it comes to historic buildings (outside of Washington, D.C. that is). But our own City Hall is an exception. Built from 1810-12, it's undergone several alterations over the years, the most recent in 1998. For history buffs, there are tours during the week. And there's always the surrounding park if you need a break.

Green-wood Cemetery, 25th St./35th St. stops

The massive gate to Green-wood Cemetery is just
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The massive gate to Green-wood Cemetery is just the beginning (the cemetery stretches the edges of Park Slope, Prospect Park, Windsor Terrace, Borough Park, Kensignton and Sunset Park). Built in 1838, the cemetery has the highest point in Brooklyn, Battle Hill. There are monuments to famous New Yorkers, a Civil War memorial, a chapel and even the grave of famous Boss Tweed. The cemetery has been landmarked as a historic site, and a visit will bring to a whole other side of New York.

Coney Island, Coney Island stop

It's a classic, but it's the best reason
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It's a classic, but it's the best reason to ride the N train all the way to the end. Stroll on the boardwalk of the beach, or take a ride on a roller coaster (or a walk down Luna Park ... too soon?) or just enjoy a hot dog or gelato. There's no place in New York where you can feel summer more.

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