10 must eat foods in New York City

New York is a foodie’s paradise! You can pretty much walk down any block in the city and stumble upon a trendy restaurant or a super cool bakery. But some food go beyond trends and are just intrinsically good. This is our list of the top 10 foods to eat in New York City.

1- Cheese Pizza

It is $3 for a slice and it is without doubt some of the best pizza we have ever eaten. I’m not even ashamed to say that we had a slice pretty much every day we were there. So why does it taste so good? Well one theory is to do with the water.

Where to go: Any pizza place selling it by the slice! There are so many in the city making it easy to find somewhere, and then you’re hooked.

2- Hot Dogs



I don’t know what could be more synonymous with NYC then Hot Dogs. Walk down any block in Central New York and you will come across a street vendor selling them. I was somewhat skeptical at first but I have to say I am now a street meat convert and proud!

Where to go: Find a vendor usually on the street corners in Manhattan. We found a lot around Times Square.

3- Donuts

You know that stereotypical New York City cop with a donut in hand image? Well for us that is why donuts are on the list when you visit NYC. Perfect for a quick bite on the go, there are so many amazing places you can pick up one of these soft sweet delights!

Where to go: Donut Plant is a great place to start for some fresh donuts with some creative flavours.

4- Bagels

Bagels are another New York institution. Nothing, I repeat NOTHING beats a fresh bagel topped with cream cheese, or bacon egg and cheese. Yum. We had some of the best bagels of our life in NYC.

Where to go: The very aptly named Best Bagel and Coffee, tops our list.

5- New York Cheesecake

Right I’m not talking about that non cooked cheesecake you find in the UK. I’m talking about the proper baked cheesecakes with that floury texture. Add a little whipped cream and you have yourself a drool worthy dessert.



Where to go: Sugar Factory, Row, near Times Square

6- Ukrainian Food

New York is a cultural melting pot so you definitely need to delve into other cultures when eating in the city. Ukrainian food like Pierogis or Veraniki as they are sometimes called are a big deal, especially around the East Village. They are a type of dumpling usually filled with potato, or meat, or saurkraut and mushroom, and are served with fried onions. Originally an Eastern European delicacy they have become so popular there is even a 24 hour Ukrainian diner serving these in the East Village. Also don’t forget to try the Borsht or Cabbage Soup. Believe me it tastes so much better than you think.

Where to go: Veselka in the East Village.

7- Noodles in Chinatown

Chinatown is like heaven for foodies. You can walk along the sidewalk and be excused for actually thinking you are in South East Asia. Chinatown is perfect for cheap noodle dishes and dumplings and is an absolute must!

Where to go: Take a walk around, you will genuinely be spoilt for choice.

8- Pretzels

Another popular NYC snack has to be the pretzel. You can grab one on the go from one of the many carts selling them around the city, or you can head to a hip restaurant to have them served with a beer and some mustard. Either way they are a snack not to be missed.

Where to go: Go traditional and grab one from one of the many carts selling them in the city.

9- The Cronut

If you love hype then the Cronut is the way to go. You will have to go to the Dominique Ansel Bakery and you will need to be prepared to wait in line. They only do one flavour per month and there is a strict 2 per person limit, but it’s worth it, even if it’s just to say you did. It is after all one of the most talked about pastries in the city.

Where to go: Dominique Ansel Bakery

10- Pastrami on Rye



I know what this is because of the movies. You always see those giant meat filled sandwiches that don’t really seem to be a thing in other parts of the world. The meat is always so tender and moist, and it is best served with a bit of mustard and a pickle for good measure. The most famous place to get one of these in the city is of course Katz’s deli. It is manic from the moment you walk in which sort of adds to the charm. Bring a big appetite this sandwiches are huge!

Where to go: Katz’s Delicatessen 

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Tanya Selden
    January 14, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Hey Lizzie and Dave

    I just had to join the conversation about the cronut! I am not a massive food fad fan, but I recently went to the Dominique Ansel Bakery in London and it was totally worth it. 3 of us shared 3 things and they just really do focus on making food taste GOOD! Had the welsh rarebit cronut, yum yum yum.

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      wanderlustandlife@gmail.com
      January 14, 2018 at 5:05 pm

      I didn’t know there was one in London! We are so going to have to visit. I wasn’t a fan of the flavour we had in NYC which was cranberry and pumpkin but I loved the texture. Welsh rarebit sounds interesting!!!

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    Natalia
    January 20, 2018 at 1:08 am

    I had a cruffin in Seoul and LOVED it! I never imagined Ukrainian food would be on the list! A great list!

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      wanderlustandlife@gmail.com
      January 20, 2018 at 8:37 am

      I might be a bit biased with the Ukrainian food because my grandparents are from there, but i was so surprised at how many places they had there serving it! I would also love to try the cruffin 😄

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    Yasmine
    January 24, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Everything here looks so good! Can’t believe I haven’t tried some of these things and I grew up in NYC 😛

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      wanderlustandlife@gmail.com
      January 25, 2018 at 4:46 pm

      Oh my gosh I can only imagine how awesome it was growing up there 😄

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