If you haven't already heard, the food in New York is oh-so-delicious! Although most of the best food are considered tourists' recommendations, but I can guarantee you that you will not be disappointed as it really does hit the right spots on your taste buds. Queues are often long and I won't say they are particularly healthy either but definitely worth it especially since you'll only be in NYC for a few days, you should definitely go all out!
Here's a list of a few of my favourites although I could go on about it but just to highlight the few :) I have arranged is in descending order for each catgeory, starting each one with my favourite. Please note that all the prices below already includes VAT and some bits of tipping. I am also not a food photography person as I always wanna eat it straight away when it comes so forgive the shitty quality!
Ellen's Stardust Diner
Price: Average $22 per person
Address: 1650 Broadway
Opening Times: 7am-12am
What to eat: Any burger, Malt Milkshake
The diner was really unique as all the waiters were Broadway singers, or at least on their way to becoming one. As the competition for Broadway is really high, a lot of them are still waiting for their chance to be part of it even though they are ALL really good! Instead of choosing songs from a jukebox, the waiters take turns to sing songs throughout the night. It’s really entertaining to be able to enjoy a meal with live performance. And their milkshake? Ohhh their milkshake is to die for! I had the Malt Chocolate and I’m still craving for it right now..
Price: Average $24 per person
Address: 32 Spring Street
Opening Times: 11.30am-12am
What to eat: Half White Half Red Pizza with toppings of your choice
The way they oven bake their pizza is very similar to that in Italy which made brought out all the flavours. However, this had to be finished while it was still hot as it was a bit hard to chew on the crust when it became cold. I ordered half white and half red, which means half of the pizza was with white sauce and the other with tomato. You could then choose your toppings to add on such mushrooms, prosciutto etc.
The Halal Guys
Address: Several Locations (I went to that in West 53rd Street)
Opening Times: 10am-4am
What to eat: Gyro Lamb Rice
The white sauce here is so good! As the portion was pretty big again, I kept some as leftovers and I think that it tasted so much better the next day, probably because the rice and meat had absorbed the sauce and almost made it seem marinated. It is also the perfect post-night-out food as it opens till 4 in the morning.
Address: 500 6th Avenue
Opening Times: 6am-7pm
What to eat: The Traditional with the Everything Bagel
It was probably the best bagel I had as the flavours complemented each other so well. What I like about this shop is the warm cozy vibe it gives out despite having many franchises across New York. You could also opt for any flavours you like which was off-menu, something like a Subway style where you pick what you like and pay for what you chose.
Address: 2090 Broadway
Opening Times: 24 Hours
What to eat: Hot dog with onions and sauce
I wouldn't ask you to go out of your way to get it but it is near Levain Bakery so if you're planning to head there then why not stop by. I'd say that the only thing different here compared to other hotdog stands is their sauce. It does add a bit of flavor to the simple hot dog and they are considered one of the cheapest hot dog stands as well. And hey, getting a cheap find in New York is pretty rare.
Pic source via Dallas BBQ Facebook
Price: Average $19 per person
Address: 241 West 42nd Street
Opening Times: 11am-12am
What to eat: Honey Basted Sticky Wings & their Famous Frozen Drinks
The food here is not bad but they are known for their large cocktails. Check out some of the images here and you'll know what I mean.
Dominique Ansel Bakery
Price: $5.99 per cronut
Address: 189 Spring Street
Opening Times: 8am-7pm but Cronuts are likely to sell out beforehand
What to eat: Cronuts, Frozen Smores
From the ones who created cronuts, they certainly live up to its name. For the cronuts, they only offer the flavor of the month, which changes monthly. When I was there, it was the Peach Honey flavor which was my two favorite ingredients combined together! The frozen smores were also really unique and I liked the twist they put into it but I would recommend sharing it as it can get pretty sickening after a while. They have just opened a branch in LONDON so so happy!
Eileen's Special Cheesecake
Address: 17 Cleveland Place
Opening Times: 10am-7pm
What to eat: New York Cheesecake
Although I was really full by then, I still had to make a quick stop at. The cheesecakes here were sold in small round portions. I tried the classic New York Cheesecake and the Crème Brulee flavor. Personally, I preferred the classic flavor as it had the right amount of balance in it. It wasn’t too cheesy nor did I get sick of it after a few bites.
Address: 101 Macdougal Street
Opening Times: 12pm-12.30am
What to eat: Thai Ice Tea flavoured ice-cream
Similar to 10 Below, their concept of an ice-cream was done with the inspiration of that from Thailand. Ice-creams were laid flat onto the frozen platform before being rolled up into segments. Personally I love Thai Ice Tea even though most people find it too sweet, and the ice-cream flavor tasted so close to the drink itself! I would give it a 10/10 for having both the taste and presentation.
Address: Main store is at 401 Bleecker Street but I tried that in Central Terminal
Opening Times: 9.30am-12am
What to eat: Banana Pudding (Classic, with no added syrup)
Even though I chose the small size, I was pretty full at the end of it. Still can’t get used to how big the portions here in the USA are. Magnolia Bakery is also known for their cupcakes but it is their banana pudding really put them out there in the market. There are a few branches across New York which you can find on their website, but the one I went to was that in Grand Central Terminal itself.
Address: 167 West 74th
Opening Times: 8am-7pm
What to eat: Cookie
I chose the Chocolate Walnut cookie and the size of it was huge! I don’t think you could even call it a cookie anymore as it was completely out of shape and monstrous in size, but it was indeed yummy.
Do you think there are other must-try's that I missed out? If so, give me a shout and I'll add that to my list for the next time I visit!
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