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10 Must Eat Restaurants in NYC – New York City food guide

10 Must Eat Restaurants in NYC – New York City food guide

New York City is filled with thousands of restaurants, here’s the top 10 places you have to eat it at!

1. Katz’s Delicatessen

Katz’s Delicatessen is one of the most famous restaurants in New York and has been featured in numerous films and TV shows. The kosher style deli is known for their hot sandwiches with pastrami or corned beef.

Must order: Katz’s Pastrami Sandwich

Katz’s Pastrami Sandwich

2. The Halal Guys

The Halal Guys started with just a single food cart and has now grown into a casual fast food empire. The menu is compact, you can pick the chicken, gyro (beef) or both in either a wrap or a platter. Take care when adding their famous hot sauce – it really packs a punch!

Must order: Combo Platter

Combo Platter

There’s several locations throughout NYC.

3. Prince Street Pizza

Finding the best pizza in New York is a contentious endeavor, as everyone has their favourite. My personal choice is Prince Street Pizza in NoLita – their Spicy Spring pie is bursting with flavour and has the perfect texture.

Must order: The Spicy Spring Slice

Prince Street Pizza

4. Ess-a-Bagel

Ess-a-Bagel is a favourite of many New Yorkers, this bagel shop was started in 1976 and regularly has a queue out the door. They serve over a dozen kinds of bagels – all of which are hand rolled and baked on site.

Must order: A Signature Favourite


5. Xi’an Famous Foods 西安名吃

Xi’an Famous Foods (西安名吃) is known for their hand ripped noodles with spicy flavours. The restaurant has won praise from The New York Times, Time Out and the late Anthony Bourdain.

Must order: Spicy Cumin Lamb Hand-Ripped Noodles (N1)

[N1] Spicy Cumin Lamb Hand-Ripped Noodles

There’s several locations throughout NYC.

6. Shake Shack

Shake Shack is the best burger chain in the USA. That’s right I said it.

Do yourself a favour and try it.

Must order: ShackBurger with Fries

Shake Shack

There’s several locations throughout NYC.

7. Dominique Ansel Bakery

Remember back in 2013 when the Cronut took over the internet, well that famous pastry was created at Dominique Ansel Bakery in the SoHo neighborhood of New York. The cronut craze might have died down but the lines for their baked goods haven’t.

Must order: Kouign Amann

Kouign Amann and Cronut

8. Lady M Confections 

Lady M Confections started in New York and has expanded to globally with boutiques in China, Singapore and Taiwan. Their Signature Mille Crepe cakes are made by stacking no less than 20 paper-thin handmade crêpes and pastry cream.

Must order: Signature Mille Crepe

Mille Crepe Cakes

There’s several locations throughout NYC.

9. Magnolia Bakery

Back in the early 2000s, cupcakes were all the rage and Magnolia Bakery was front and center of that frenzy. Although the craze has died down, Magnolia Bakery is still the go to place for cute, creative cupcakes.

The real star of the show, however, is the Banana Pudding, which is the best I’ve ever had.

Must order: Banana Pudding

Banana bread pudding

There’s several locations throughout NYC.

10. Milk Bar

Milk Bar is a chain of sweet shops created by celebrity chef Christina Tosi. They specialize in cakes, cookies and soft serves. Their signature menu items are the:

  • Cereal milk soft serve
  • Crack Pie
  • Compost cookie

Must order: Cereal Milk Soft Serve

Cereal milk soft serve from Milk Bar

There’s several locations throughout NYC.

Let me know in the comment below, what you must eat restaurants in NYC are!

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