10 NYC Foods You Need to Eat at Least Once

Food

by Sylvia Stanley

Everyone wants to visit New York City whether it’s for the shopping, shows, or the food. New York has much to offer people and the food selection is no exception. From out of this world pizza to bagel sandwiches filled with salmon, New York will have you eating right out of its hand.

When you visit New York, be sure to try these dishes to ensure you taste the variety of superb foods.

Black Label Burger

Where to eat it: Minetta Tavern, at 113 MacDougal Street

Black Label Burger

For a burger that tops all the rest, you must go to Minetta Tavern and have The Black Label Burger which is a selection of prime dry-aged beef cuts with caramelized onions and pommes frites. Just one bite into the succulent beef will make you think you have died and gone to burger heaven.

Seasoned with Kosher salt and pepper, The Black Label Burger is packed with a bold flavor in every bite. Bringing a delightful taste to the meal, the caramelized onions are actually heated in the beef fat that is left on the griddle. Adding sweet goodness to the mix, the bun has a creamy interior.

A trip to New York City would not be complete without having The Black Label Burger at Minetta Tavern.

Chicken and Waffles

Where to eat it: Amy Ruth’s Restaurant at 113 West 116th Street

Chicken and Waffles

You may not think of chicken and waffles as typical New York food, but it definitely is one of the highlight meals to be found. Amy Ruth’s Restaurant has premiere soul food and the best chicken and waffles around.

The chicken and waffles meal became quite popular in New York and the Southern-inspired dish resides at many restaurants throughout the city. Amy Ruth’s Restaurant has the original chicken and waffles known as The Rev. Al Sharpton. Your chicken and waffles can be fried or smothered. The Tommy Tomita is waffles with fried chicken wings.

You do not want to miss out on unique New York chicken and waffles.

Brussels Sprout Pizza

Where to eat it: Motorino Pizza at 139 Broadway

Brussels Sprout Pizza

Pizza is everywhere in New York and, of course; you will have to try a slice at one of the restaurants. The Brussels sprout pizza at Motorino Pizza is a pizza pie worth trying. Consisting of fior di latte, garlic, pecorino, smoked pancetta, and olive oil, the Brussels sprout pizza is light, crisp, and creamy.

Should you feel that the pizza needs some extra toppings, choose from mushrooms, grape tomatoes, or fresh arugula.

Tsunami

Where to eat it: Crif Dogs at 113 Saint Marks Place

Tsunami

Hot dogs are notorious in New York and these aren’t your average hot dogs either. Restaurants have unique and eclectic brands of hot dogs for you to choose from. The Tsunami at Crif Dogs is simply overwhelming.

The Tsunami is a bacon-wrapped hot dog covered with teriyaki, pineapple, and green onions. You will feel a wave a flavor hit your mouth within seconds of biting into the tsunami. The sweet taste of teriyaki and pineapple mixes well with the subtle spice of green onions.

Falafel Sandwich

Where to eat it: Taïm at 222 Waverly Place

Falafel Sandwich

You may not know what a falafel sandwich is, let alone what a falafel is, but Taïm has the best falafel sandwich you can find in New York. A falafel is a deep-fried ball of ground chickpeas blended with a variety of herbs and spices. Combining falafels with a whole wheat or white pita creates a pleasant taste.

Taïm has three types of falafels for you to choose to make your sandwich from. The green falafel is the traditional mix of parsley, cilantro, and mint. The harissa falafel is a mild mix of Tunisian spices. For a kick of flavor, the red falafel consists of roasted red peppers.

Add your choice of falafel to pita stuffed with hummus, Israeli salad, pickled cabbage, and tahini sauce and you have a sandwich you can’t put down.

The Classic

Where to eat it: Russ & Daughters Café at 127 Orchard Street

The Classic

Throughout New York you will find bagel shops a plenty where the bagels are used for sandwiches. One does stand above the rest and The Classic at Russ & Daughters Café takes the prize.

The Classic is filled with gaspe nova smoked salmon, scallion cream cheese, tomatoes, onions, and capers. Combine all of those amazing tastes with an everything bagel and you have a sandwich like no other. You can also choose to have The Classic served with bialy, shissel rye, or pumpernickel.

Tokyo Shoyu Ramen

Where to eat it: Ivan Ramen at 25 Clinton Street, 600 11th Avenue

Tokyo Shoyu Ramen

Ramen is all the rage these days throughout New York City with various types of broths and soups mixed together. The Tokyo Shoyu Ramen at Ivan Ramen is the soup you must try while in New York.

Consisting of soy sauce, dashi, chicken broth, pork chashu, egg, and rye noodle, the Tokyo Shoyu Ramen is delicious. Fresh rye noodles along with meaty pork chashu will have you yearning for this Japanese delicacy. You can even have various add-ons included such as Enoki mushrooms, Koji tofu, or bamboo shoots. Don’t leave New York without having a bowl of Tokyo Shoyu Ramen.

Shrimp Tacos

Where to eat it: Otto’s Tacos at 141 Second Avenue, 131 Seventh Avenue, 705 Ninth Avenue

Shrimp Tacos

Tacos may not be the food of choice that comes to your mind when in New York, but the shrimp tacos at Otto’s Tacos bring freshness a whole new meaning. What makes these tacos even better than most is the made from scratch corn tortillas.

The shrimp tacos have cilantro, onions, and thick Serrano crema made fresh daily. Add some guacamole and you have a meal that is sustainable and healthy.

Brisket

Where to eat it: Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque at 103 2nd Avenue

Brisket

Slow-cooked meat brimmed with a variety of spices that bring to life succulent flavors is what the brisket at Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque is all about. Smoked with wood for hours on end, the brisket has natural flavoring and is as moist and tender as they come.

Have the brisket as is or make a mile high sandwich, either way you will experience the fullness of the meat. The brisket is completed when paired with cole slaw and pickled vegetables. Barbeque never tasted so good in NYC.

Lemon Meringue Cupcake

Where to eat it: Molly’s Cupcakes at 228 Bleecker Street

Lemon Meringue Cupcake

While the main course meals are spotlighted, dessert can never be forgotten. Your sweet tooth will be satisfied once you bite into the lemon meringue cupcake at Molly’s Cupcakes. That’s right, a lemon meringue cupcake and it is as good as it sounds.

Lemon cake, meringue, and a lemon curd center will have you thinking of summer days spent by the water. The softness of the cake combined with the sweet meringue make eating this cupcake a striking experience.

With so many eateries to try in New York, you may have to visit the city several times just to sample the variety of foods; one trip will not be enough. Food is an excellent reason to stay in the city that never sleeps.