Food Havens of NYC
Food Havens of NYC
Hello fellow travellers, it’s been a while! Drowning in essays, exams and year abroad nonsense has not been fun buuuuut in the spirit of procrastination (and holiday dreaming) I am here to tell you all about the best food spots in the Big Apple.
If you don’t live under a rock you will have seen the many ridiculous, coma-inducing, beyond-delicious-looking food videos on Facebook. My ultimate goal is to visit every single one of those insta-worthy restaurants. Call it a foodie road trip of the world. But seeing as I’m not rich (and let’s be honest, it is bikini body season right around the corner) I shall take you all on a virtual food tour instead of one of the foodie hotspots of the world – NEW YORK NEW YORK! (If you’re not singing the song right now I’m disappointed in you)
1. Katz Delicatessen – lower east side.
Apparently, you’ve not been to New York unless you’ve had a pastrami sandwich with mustard and Katz are known to be the best of the best.
Katz Delicatessen is a family business and has been knocking around since 1888 so they obviously know what they’re doing.
Where: 205 E Houston St, New York
Hours: 8am – 10.45pm
2. Raclette NYC
Anyone that knows me will know that cheese is my pride and joy.
Seriously, anything with a mass of cheese on it sounds good to me and when it comes to raclette, what a thing of beauty. If you’ve never had it, raclette is a special kind of French, super melty cheese, traditionally eaten over potatoes and cured meats – dreamy right?
At Raclette NYC, choose your meats or salad and then your cheese to be lovingly poured on top. Or, don’t fancy meat and salad? Get yourself one of their legendary raclette burgers with crispy sweet potato fries. Cheese is a beautiful thing ain’t it.
Where: 511 E 12th St, New York
Hours: 12pm – 11pm
3. John’s of Bleecker Street
Who doesn’t like pizza?!
In New York John’s of Bleecker Street has been churning out legendary pizzas since 1929. Before you say ‘surely you should go to Italy for pizza’ well in this case, Italy came to New York! The pizzeria is the business of an Italian family that immigrated and perfected the recipes to their standards and to this day it is still a family owned business and their pizzas look unreal! Get yourself there for a coal fired homegrown pizza – you can’t go wrong!
Where: 278 Bleecker St, New York
Hours: 11.30am – 11.30pm
I know, pizza again – but, hear me out because this is pizza with a difference!
Trapizzino is home of the deep-filled pizza pocket. A freshly baked Roman bread stuffed with all sorts of deliciousness for you to choose from. From oxtail ragu to chicken, white wine and garlic and seasonal greens, chilli and garlic for the vegans – you can’t possibly not find something that tickles your fancy.
Where: 144 Orchard St, New York
Hours: 11am – 11pm
5. Russ & Daughters
You cannot, I repeat, cannot go to New York and not have a classic New York bagel.
What is the flavour of New York? Salmon and cream cheese – an absolute classic and the best bagel filling that there is.
At Russ & Daughters they have 9 different types of cream cheese (Yes, I said NINE!) and 15 different kinds of salmon – didn’t know that was possible? Me neither.
Russ & Daughters has been a staple in New York for over 100 years, so you’d be rude not to!
Where: 179 E Houston St, New York
Hours: 8am – 8pm
I kid you not this place literally makes burgers out of avocados.
Instagram worthy avocado toast, stuffed avocados, salad and smoothies are the order of the day. Healthy but doesn’t taste healthy – just what you want.
And because I’m that person that will glare at you if you tell the waiter we don’t need to look at a dessert menu. Seriously. Don’t do it. Its rude, unacceptable and a crime against food. Onto the sweet stuff…
Where: 238 36th St, Brooklyn
Hours: 11am – 4pm
7. Peter Pan Donut and Pastry Shop
This place makes donut ice cream sandwiches (?!!!!)
Homemade warm gooey donuts loaded with a massive dollop of ice cream of your choice, it doesn’t get much better. Hmmmm…..
Where: 727 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn
Hours: 4.30am – 8pm
8. NYC Cookie Dough Shop
Cookie dough? Good.
So obviously the three combined makes for a magical treat. There is nothing more to say other than get yourself a big old lump of cookie dough slathered in sprinkles.
Where: 550 LaGuardia Pl, New York
Hours: 10am – 9pm
9. Union Fare
This place is home of the snap-worthy birthday cake croissant with sprinkles baked into the dough itself and filled with sweet cream and yet more sprinkles. Heaven in a croissant.
Where: 6 E 18th St, New York
Hours: 8am – 11pm
10. Levain Bakery
Allegedly the best bakery in New York according to Foursquare, this place does gooey cookies the size of hamburgers. Massive lines out the door but definitely worth it and of course, busyness is the sign of deliciousness.
Where: 2167 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York
Hours: 8am – 7pm
Now I’m hungry, you’re hungry and we all really want to go to New York – City Breaks from £449 for 3 nights with STA Travel…. yes please!!
Now get your butt to New York and start your food journey.
Goodbye for now my travelling comrades,