New York does a lot of things right. Broadway shows, comedy clubs, restaurants, architecture, and fashion. But some of New York’s most signature items can be enjoyed for a few bucks. Here are 10 things that taste better in New York.
Of course this is obvious, but it can’t go without mentioning. We’ll make it short. For NY style thin pizza, you can’t go wrong with Joe’s Pizza (multiple locations, original in West Village). But for another local treasure, with more seating room, try Fiore’s (West Village). Best part? They’re close to one another. Walk off your first slice and go for a second at the other Pizza place. The only exception to thin pizza is the Artichoke Pizza (multiple locations).
Bagels are supposed to be huge and spherical. And they’re intended to have huge amounts of flavored cream cheese wedged between the toasted sides. Get it done right at Brooklyn Bagel (multiple locations).
3. Rainbow Cookies
Cake in cookie form, with jam between the rainbow levels. Great to bring as a gift and sold in most Italian bakeries.
Never get sushi in a land-locked state. Walk in just about any Sushi joint for creative, fresh options. NoBu (multiple locations) if you’re looking for celebrities. For something more scaled-down, try Soho Sushi (SoHo) or Pink Nori (Astoria).
Sold at most food carts and stadiums. Enjoy this hot potato dish cut in half with mustard.
6. Gyros/Halal Food
Halal food fills the streets, making every New Yorker hungry. Try the Halal Brothers (multiple locations), trust us the line goes fast and ask for extra sauce.
7. Avocado Toast
You can find America’s favorite breakfast at just about any trendy breakfast place. However, Australian themed Blue Stone Lane (multiple locations) and Two Hands (TriBeca) as well as Gotan (TriBeCa) set themselves apart.
It can take you months to try all of the Ramen places in New York. But to start you off, go with Ippudo (West Village and Westside) for the long wait or Ramen Ya (West Village and Greenwich Village) for off-the-grid. Here’s another full list of ramen places to try. But if you’re at the tail end of your NYC visit, try the Deep Blue Ramen at Jetblue’s terminal in JFK airport.
Forget what you think you know about donuts. Visit Doughnut Plant (multiple locations- seriously everywhere) for the highest quality “breakfast” dessert. There are no trans fat, preservatives, artificial flavorings/colors in these delectable donuts. Enjoy all natural ingredients with a seasonal menu. Donuts are made fresh daily and jam fillings are all homemade! Don’t miss the square jelly donut.
Be prepared to wait if you want to taste Dominique Ansel Bakery‘s original cronut. If they sell out before you can get to the front of the line, we recommend just about everything else too.