We did our own food tour around New York to explore the best eats in the city. Here’s a list of the top 6 favorites:
Head over there for brunch but keep the long wait in mind! We couldn’t resist trying their lunch items including what’s said to be the best burger in town. Perfectly spiced burger patties with delicious crispy spice coated fries. We also tried the pasta with Italian sausage, the sausage had a nice spicy flavor and complemented their exceptionally good sauce.
Boasting a coastal Italian menu, we were excited to try this new take on Italian food. We were recommended to try the Cecina, a pancake-like dough made from chickpea flour (gluten-free!) with sides of tuna tartar and avocado trapanese. The pancake was perfectly fluffy and tasted great combined with their smoked tomato sauce (make sure you try this sauce) and the sides we ordered. We also tried the octopus and squash carpaccio both bursting with delightful new flavors.
If you’re looking for a different experience, Ichiran is the right place to check out! Situated in an industrial area of Brooklyn, you might wonder how a restaurant could have opened here. What makes Ichiran stand out is the option to have your meal in private. They have individual booths lined up within one side of the hall and guests sit facing the kitchen. You do not have to interact with the servers, just select items you want on a piece of paper, and they will get it for you. They only have one item on the menu, tonkotsu Ramen and you can select the level of thickness, spiciness, toppings, etc… It was definitely one of the best Ramen we have tasted so far.
Martha’s Country Bakery
This giant bakery/coffee shop is a great place to stop for dessert and coffee if you’re exploring the hip neighborhood of Williamsburg. They have over a 50 options for dessert from cakes, tarts, pies, ice cream, etc..and from what we’ve tasted, everything tasted great. We recommend you try the banana cream pie and New York cheesecake.
Your trip in New York cannot be complete until you have a great bagel! This place has about 10 different cheese fillings and also have a great selection of breakfast and lunch options. We recommend you try the BEC and the Reuben.
Manousheh is a word for a Lebanese flat bread/pizza baked to order and topped with cheese, zaatar (a thyme mix), and sometimes meat. This is a great stop for a quick breakfast or late night snack. The setting is very intimate and is decorated as an old Lebanese bakery. The manaeesh also tastes very authentic and is baked in the traditional way in a brick oven.
Other Useful Resources
Try Toronto PATH food tour if you are in there or planning to visit this winter! (we highly recommend it).
If you are somebody visiting Dubai this season, cultural food tour of old Dubai will help you get to know the history of the city while tasting up to 9 dishes.
Also, this Jakarta food tour in Indonesia is highly rated and recommended by other foodies.
If cooking is your passion or want to learn how to cook local traditional dishes, try these cooking classes next time you travel. This one is in Athens if you are a fan of Greek food, click here to unlock the secrets of cooking Sri Lankan food in Galle. If in Kathmandu, the Nepali cooking class shouldn’t be missed.