NYC is undoubtedly a foodie’s paradise. Whether you’re just here for a visit or you’re here to stay, you must make sure to taste the iconic foods that are part and parcel of the New York City experience.
Here are 10 you must try, plus suggestions on where you need to try them:
Pizza. For this you have to try the artisanal, Neapolitan-style pizzas from Motorino Pizza in the East Village. Roberta’s Pizza is also a trendy place with its cool atmosphere and wood-fired pizza. The thin crust pie at Lucali is expensive but worth it.
Bagels. Here you need to go with Murray’s Bagels and Absolute Bagels. You get a dense and chewy interior with a firm, crunchy crust, and they’re hand-made and hand-shaped.
Burgers and sandwiches. The Black Label Burger from Minetta Tavern will convert even non-burger fans into literal fanatics, though the price tag is exorbitant. The burger at Spotted Pig is fantastic, especially with the addictive shoestring fries. For a mid-priced burger, try the Truffle Burger from Umami Burger. For more adventurous burger options like organic bison or ostrich burger, you need to visit Bareburger. The best falafel in NYC is in Taim, while you should try the pastrami sandwiches at Katz. The Steamed Pork Buns from Momofuku Ssam Bar is an absolute must-taste.
Ramen. We’re talking about real ramen and not college dorm ramen, and for the classic stuff you need to head out to Ippudo Ramen. Ivan Ramen is also a surprise. If you’re in Brooklyn, try Chuko Ramen (the chefs there came from Morimoto’s). Or you can order the exceptional bacon and egg ramen from Yuji Ramen. Of course, Chinatown is a good bet too, and you need to visit Bassanova Ramen for their Green Curry Ramen.
Food trucks. Fans of legit Belgian waffles patronize the amazing Wafels and Dinges for their sugary Belgian liege waffles. Adults can still enjoy slushies if they’re from Kelvin Slush. Then there’s the fantastic combination of Mexican and Korean flavors when you get a taste of Kimchi Taco. Shnitzel aficionados go with Schinitzel and Things, while for custom ice cream there’s Coolhaus.
Tacos. Californians used to sneer at NYC tacos, but now the Big Apple has authentic taco options to offer. As proof, you can head to the Essex Street Market and try the Chipotle Chicken taco from Brooklyn Taco. If you can afford it, there’s also the Salvation Taco in Midtown. Danny Bowien has Mission Cantina on the Lower East Side, and nearby you can find Calexico Cart. There’s also Taquitoria for the ultimate after drink munchies. But if you like mini tacos, your best bet is Otto’s Tacos in the East Village. Dos Toros has a few locations in NYC you can visit too. The shredded mini tacos at Suenos are also awesome.
BBQ. Most people don’t equate NYC with terrific BBQ, but that’s changing. You’ll change your mind too if you try the brisket from Mighty Quinn’s in the East Village. The Blue Smoke is also famous for its barbecue. For those in Brooklyn, the best brisket is at Delaney Barbecue. You also need to try the beef rib from Hometown Bar-B-Que.
Desserts. For most people, this is one of the most important food groups, so quality is a must. The best cookies are at LeVain Bakery, where the massive cookies cost $4 each. You can also head on out to Molly’s in Greenwich Village for your cupcake fix. Other alternative places for cupcakes include Two Little Red Hens and Sugar Sweet Sunshine. For chocolate, try Jacques Torres Chocolate or La Maison du Chocolat. A visit to City Bakery also gives you the chance to try their hot chocolate and chocolate chip cookie. Gelato fans can go to Il Laboratorio Del Gelato.
Fine dining. This is obvious, since NYC is home to the best chefs in the world. Here you can try Hearth, Blue Hill, and Gramercy Tavern. Eleven Madison Park has a 3-Michelin star rating. You can do your own Google search, as numerous celebrity chefs have a location in NYC. The point is simple—for fine dining, NYC is world-class.
Others. Donut fans can try the Doughnut Plant, where they don’t use preservatives. For affordable food, C.C. Prosperity Dumpling is a good restaurant where a large family can be satisfied for just $14. For pancakes, there’s the ever-popular Clinton Street Baking Company.
Regardless of what you want to eat, you won’t just find it here in NYC. You’ll find the best of it here in New York. After all, it’s the greatest city in the world, and we have a reputation to maintain!