I heart New York. I also heart food. So you put New York and food together and I am in heaven. New York houses some of the best and biggest-names in the food world, yet these often attract high prices and celebrity clientele. But from my experience, you can also have a unique, true New York food experience without breaking the bank. Below are some of my favourite food experiences from my time in the Big Apple.
Bagels, bagels, bagels
One of New York’s staple food groups, bagels, are the essence of every New York breakfast or snack. My favourite was a plain bagel, toasted, and smothered in cream cheese, and I mean smothered! But there are many other options you can choose from, including various flavoured bagels from cinnamon to blueberry, with every flavoured cream cheese under the sun, from dill to salmon.
Note: Recently, to my excitement, Melbourne received its very own bagel cafe. Of course I had to test it out as soon as possible. The verdict? While the bagels were delicious, there was not nearly enough cream cheese… I guess no one does it better than New Yorkers when it comes to bagels.
Being one of my favourite food cuisines, I discovered several mexican restaurants and take-away joints during my time in New York. While located on the East Coast, it seems that New York still benefits from high-quality, tasty mexican dishes. With everything from enchiladas to tacos, washed down with a strong margarita, the mexican food culture is definitely alive and kicking in this magical city.
Say good morning with diner breakfasts
A popular location setting for scenes in TV shows and movies, the local diner that serves greasy bacon and eggs with black American coffee is a real thing in New York. During my time in the big city I frequented a few diners and everytime I went the food was fantastic, the plates overflowing and the meals cheap. Plus I often found the servers responsive, if a little solemn. Definitely a good way to start the day, if not with a cream cheese bagel.
Shake Shack extravaganza
Two words for delicious milkshakes, hot dogs, cheese fries and burgers: Shake Shack. One well-known joint located just down the road from Central Park, which often has a line out the door on hot summer days, this food favourite specialises in fantastic, truly American-style food. My favourite was a burger, fries with cheese sauce and a strawberry milkshake. If you get to New York, make sure you check this place out. You can thank me later.
Pizza as big as your head
A lot of people talk about New York pizza as some of the best and biggest in the world. I always thought this was an exaggeration. It is not! The pizza I had in New York was full of flavour, cheesy and very large in size. Plus one massive slice that filled my stomach for most of the day only cost around $3-$5. I have been to Italy, yet I can easily say New York has some of the best pizza I have ever tasted.
Cosmos, the best city cocktail
Okay, I know this isn’t technically a meal but I couldn’t resist mentioning one of my favourite cocktails. A true cliche (I’m sure by now you know I’m a Sex and the City fan) but still a definite treat when staying in the city. I enjoyed some cosmos while out with the girls one Saturday night and it was definitely one of my favourite experiences of the city. Plus, on the upside, at around $10-$12 a drink, cocktails are the same price as ordering a spirit with mixer in most standard New York bars or restaurants.
There are many more food opportunities to experience in the Big Apple which means this is definitely not the city in which to worry about calories or sticking to your latest diet.
Tell me about some of your favourite American inspired foods…