Top 10 Foods To Eat In NYC

New York City. The Big Apple. You’re finally here, you’re about to have the time of your life, and so is your inner foodie. But where do you start? What do you try first? What do you try last? Don’t worry, and we’re breaking it down. Here are the top 10 Foods to Eat in […]

foods to eat in NYC

New York City. The Big Apple. You’re finally here, you’re about to have the time of your life, and so is your inner foodie. But where do you start? What do you try first? What do you try last? Don’t worry, and we’re breaking it down. Here are the top 10 Foods to Eat in NYC that must be tried by every tourist and native of this iconic city.

List the best Foods to Eat In NYC


10. Tacos

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Mexican in origin, Tacos are essentially a wheat tortilla, with a variety of fillings, eaten with hands in the form of a semi-circle.Originally filled with lettuce, veggies and ground meat, tacos have undergone variations over the years, and are now even added in the dessert menus.Los Tacos, Otto’s Tacos and Taco Mix are worth the try. However, the best tacos are the ones eaten from a food truck- keep a lookout for them.

9. Bagels

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Available in every other corner, bagels are considered to be the tastiest in NYC over anywhere else. The reason for this is unknown, but it is believed to be because of New York’s water, which gives the dough its unique taste.Introduced to America by Jews in the 1880s, a bagel is a ring of baked yeast dough, first boiled to give the characteristic crisp outer and soft inner layers.

With versions ranging from plain with sour cream to lettuce and meat filled, New York bagels are a must have. Try out H&H Midtown Bagels, Ess-A-Bagel and Bagel Oasis.

8. Pretzel

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A string of dough is looped up, twisted into a knot, and baked. A pretzel is thus born. Thought to have been introduced by European monks, it is said that pretzels were a reward for young monks after they finished their prayers, the two loops signifying arms joint in devotion.

Available as crispy or chewy, pretzels are traditionally sprinkled with rock salt, and are another New York snack best enjoyed from a truck.

7. Pastrami On Rye

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Sussman Volk, a butcher, was gifted the recipe of traditional Jewish pastrami as a sign of gratitude from a happy customer. In 1887, Volk served the pastrami on a bread slice made of rye and topped it with a spicy mustard sauce, resulting in an instant hit.

The Pastrami is beef infused with herbs and spices, then smoked and steamed to perfection. Then placed on rye bread to form an open sandwich, “Pastrami on Rye” has been termed the “New York Signature Sandwich”.

Don’t miss Carnegie Deli, Dunn’s, and Second Avenue Deli.

6. Cheesecake

So you love cheese, and you love cake. Combine the two, and you get a cheesecake. Yes, that’s a thing, and it’s one of the most popular dessert items in NYC.

Introduced in 1929, cheesecake has three distinct layers: a bottom base made of biscuit, a middle made of cream cheese and ricotta, topped with a fruit sauce.A New York Cheesecake is special, with its sour cream base that gives it a density unmatched by any other.

More popular at fine dinners, try out the cheesecakes at Eileen’s, 2 Little Red Hens and S&S Cheesecake.

5. Hamburgers

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Any “Top 10 NYC Foods” list would be incomplete without the Hamburger. Introduced in the 1800s, Hamburgers are thought to have originated from the German city “Hamburg”.

The hamburger is a ground meat patty, the most common being beef. The patty can be flamed, pan fried or barbecued. It is then wedged between two round slices of bread, along with veggies and sauce.

Apart from being served at McDonald’s under the name “Big Mac,” the NYC burgers at The Spotted Pig, PJ Clarke’s and Paul’s DA Burger are a must try.

4. Cupcakes

Cupcakes were invented with the idea of “ cake in a cup”. The ideal cupcake is no bigger than the size of a teacup.A part of American Patisseries since 1796, Cupcakes have come a long way, with various flavors, toppings, and even sizes.

One of the oldest, Magnolia Bakery is at the top of the patisserie list. Sprinkles? Icing? Cream? They have it all.

3. Hotdogs

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If a hamburger is one of the top types of modified sandwiches in New York, a hotdog is its distant cousin.
Brought to America in 1871 by German butcher Charles Feltman, a hotdog is a sausage in a long split bun topped with mustard or ketchup, and additionally onions, jalapeños, and other condiments.

Also slanged as Frankfurters, Wieners, and Tube Steaks, hotdogs are also varied as corndogs and “Pigs in a blanket.”Though another NYC food item best eaten straight from a truck, the best hotdogs are also served at Papaya Dog and Gray’s Papaya.

2. Doughnut (or Donut)

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The doughnut. The sweeter sister of the bagel.The name being exactly what you get, a “doughnut” is flour-dough baked as a ring and topped with a sugar glaze or other syrups and fruit sauces. Another version is the one with filling, which has no hole at the center.

Brought by Dutch settlers in the 17th century, the doughnut has gained popularity so high, it has been christened with its day, the National Doughnut Day celebrated yearly on the first Friday of June. Make sure to try Dunkin’ Donuts, Donut Pub, and Dough Doughnuts.



“What comes in a square box, as a circle, but is eaten in triangles?” “What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear ‘Italian food’ ?”

And, what is the one word which if not included, would render this article on the ten foods to not miss in NYC incomplete?


Brought in by Italians in the 1900s, New York pizza is typically hand tossed, thin crusted, 18 inches wide and so magically soft, it has to be folded in half while eating. Again a characteristic taste owed to the water of NYC used in the dough, pizza in New York is one of a kind.

Totonno’s, the oldest pizza joint, is the absolute must try. So is Motorino, Roberta’s and Joe&Pat’s.

There you have it. The ten food items any New York Trip would be incomplete without. Indulge yourself, and have a taste of the Big Apple in the true sense of the phrase.

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