You’ve heard of the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty but arguably New York’s biggest attraction is its food. From sidewalk vendors dishing out giant pretzels to fine dining establishments feeding the rich and famous, the city that never sleeps caters to every set of tastebuds. Whether you picture yourself eating an enormous piece of pie at midnight or diving into a basket of deep fried chicken, we’ve got you covered. Check out our top 5 must eat dishes in New York City and where to find them.
New York has the best bagels. Whether you want to sink your teeth into a plain, sesame, garlic, onion, chocolate chip or blueberry bagel, you will have no trouble finding these popular breads scattered right throughout the city. Rolled by hand and baked fresh every day, bagels in New York are a treat for breakfast, brunch or anytime the craving hits, with an astonishing range of fillings. A ‘schmear’ or cream cheese bagel is a local favourite but why not branch out and try something new? Perhaps a fresh bagel with chipotle chicken, pastrami, Monterey Jack cheese or smoked salmon takes your fancy or if you have a sweet tooth, try a Nutella bagel or one with peanut butter and jelly.
Hot Tip: Head to Tompkins Square Bagels in New York and order a bagel stuffed with colourful birthday cake cream cheese.
Feast your eyes on a giant slice of New York pizza and get ready for an overload of cheesy goodness. Pizza in New York is nothing short of amazing, with a tempting assortment of flavours and an overwhelming number of pizzerias. Trying an oversized piece of pie goes without saying, whether it’s a traditional cheese pizza or a wood-fired margherita complete with creamy buffalo mozzarella. Penny pinchers will love the $1 slice around town that offers hungry travellers big value for pocket change. Although it originated in Chicago, you may also get the chance to try a piece of deep dish pizza at various pizza joints, but know that many locals don’t consider this style of pie authentic.
Hot Tip: Try a slice of coal-oven pizza from Lombardi’s, touted as one of the first pizzeria’s in the city! Just be aware that they sell whole pies (no slices) and only accept cash.
You’re in America so why not lap up the big burger culture by enjoying the best NYC has to offer. Burgers in America are a big deal and they really do know how to make them, from the juicy beef patties to the bright yellow American cheese and salty fries. There’s also something to be said for American barbeque sauce, the rich smoky flavour has extreme depth and can really pack a tasty punch. Most burgers in NYC will feature onions, pickles, tomato, lettuce and mayo. You’ll find a burger on the menu at most eateries, from kitschy diners to upper class restaurants.
Hot Tip: Visit Shake Shack and get a Double ShackBurger and don’t forget to order a hand-spun shake (perhaps the best part)!
You won’t have to go far to find a hot dog vendor selling wieners on the New York sidewalk. While sampling a dog from a street vendor may be on your to-do list, there are plenty of places about town that can offer one hell of a hot dog. Whether it’s a bacon cheese dog or a chilli dog topped with homemade spices and a hefty serving of cheese, the humble hot dog is sure to satisfy. Of course, there’s even deep fried franks for the brave and veggie dogs for the health conscious. However you do your hot dog, be sure to load up on the fix in’s, from a generous helping of pickles and onions to serious saucing with mustard, relish and ketchup.
Hot Tip: Papaya King has numerous locations across the city, but they all offer a mouth-watering classic New York hot dog – ask for the Original!
Often classified as a southern dish, you may be surprised to find NYC offers an impressive collection of restaurants proudly serving up speciality fried chicken. Be tempted by the heavenly aroma of crispy, golden chicken that boasts a crunchy exterior whilst still maintaining juicy and tender meat - it’s a meal worth every calorie-laden bite. Whether it’s coated with a hot mix of spices or a simple buttermilk crust, placed on a burger or served with traditional sides, fried chicken is a sumptuous treat.
Hot Tip: Order a crispy free range bucket of bird from Root N Bone and add a buckwheat waffle with cheddar and whiskey maple syrup.