New York City is a dream destination for the foodie traveler. Besides the countless fine dining establishments, the city is full of cuisine that is as culturally diverse as its people. In New York, you are guaranteed great, tasty food 24 hours a day year round. On your next trip to New York City, plan to dine in style with this foodies’ guide to New York City.
A Foodies’ Guide to New York
The Flavors of the Big Apple
The following is just a short list of New York’s culinary delights.
Pizza is a city wide and regional favorite dish and part of the city’s culture. New Yorkers can get a great slice from the many food carts in the city. They can also sample the delicious pies at any one of the numerous pizzerias in the city. If you are in Coney Island, try the thin crust slice at Totonno’s Pizzeria Napolitano. You can also grab an entire pie with toppings like meatballs and sausage from one of the oldest pizzerias in the city at John’s of Bleeker Street.
A BEC (bacon, egg, and cheese) is the most eaten sandwich in New York City. This classic sandwich is usually eaten for breakfast and can be found in bakeries in all five boroughs. At Sunny & Annie’s Gourmet Deliin the East Village, you can get a BEC with many variations including ham and sausage substituted for bacon, and a toasty roll.
New Yorkers love their Bagels. There is something special about a fresh bagel to start a day in the city. To taste an authentic New York bagel, stop by Russ & Daughters, who have been serving up these carb delights with traditional toppings such as lox, cream cheese for over 107 years!
A Pastrami on Rye is the quintessential New York sandwich. At the world famous Katz’s Delicatessen, you can savor the taste of the hand carved beef pastrami on the freshly baked rye bread.
If you wish to sample some decadent Cheesecake, New York is the place. Pay a visit to Junior’s, where for 70 years they have been serving outstanding authentic New York cheesecake with rich and creamy slices.
A Diverse Selection of Foodie Neighborhoods
Below is a short list of the many wonderful and diverse foodie neighborhoods in New York City.
Greenwich Village is a wonderful neighborhood for foodies. The neighborhood is full of wonderful Italian eateries like Carbone to great little taverns like Minetta Tavern, plus many more.
For the best in Eastern fare, you can’t beat Chinatown (Manhattan). Highlights include dim sum at Golden Unicorn, or delicious pho at Nha Trang Centre.
In Midtown, of course you will find everything from food carts to fast food to elegant dining. The classic spots include Keens, and the 21 Club for business types. You can get a delightful contemporary meal prepared by Chef Thomas Allan at The Modern.
The hip and charming Crown Heights district in Brooklyn is full of great bistros. For a taste of Caribbean fare, try Gloria’s. seafood lovers will love to try the crab & shrimp made with homemade special sauces at The Crabby Shack, plus many more.
Arthur Avenue-Although the first answer to Italian food in New York would be Little Italy in Manhattan, this little section of the Bronx has much to offer the foodie. This area is full of spectacular Italian restaurants including many inside Arthur Avenue Market. Roberto’s Restaurant has wonderful modern Italian fare, whileMario’s offers classic Neapolitan dishes with tasty red sauce.
Best Food Tours in New York
Foods of NY Tours has seven food tours in historic neighborhoods including Chelsea Market & The Highline, Nolita & Little Italy’s Secrets, and Flavors of Chinatown.
Secret Food Tours of New York can take you across the East River with Secret Food Tours: NYC Brooklyn. They also offer Secret Pizza Tours: New York where guests can sample six slices from the best pizzerias in the city.
Nice Guy Food Tours has great food tours of Lower Manhattan including the Greenwich Village Tour and the Lower East Side Tour. While you sample the delicious food, you will also get a history lesson about some of the area’s landmarks.