So, you’ve checked into your hotel; dumped your bags, now what? If you’re anything like us you’ll be hungry – the good news, New York has some of the best neighbourhoods for eating; the only problem, the overwhelming choice! Here are our top 5 foodie neighbourhoods to get you started.
Dubbed Little Poland by locals, this bustling Brooklyn community is a must for the famished visitor. As expected, you can find an eclectic mix of Polish bakeries and delis that seem to be plucked straight from the streets of Warsaw. A must-try is Pierogi (traditional Polish Dumplings), head to Karczmas on Greenpoint Avenue for a taste.
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Nestled within the hip district of Queens, this neighbourhood is a great place for eating. It’s known for its Greek tavernas, but the hungry visitor can also delve into a wealth of other cuisines, from Asian to Creole. Try Sugar Freak, for a taste of the South, but if you’re still craving some home-cooked Greek food, you’ll find no better place than Taverna Kyclades.
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At the end of the 7 train line, you’ll find Flushing – New York’s original Chinatown. The buildings,
studded with Chinese signs, evoke the exoticism of the East, and it’s possible to forget you’re in the Big Apple. Flushing is a utopia for those that love the flavours of Asia. We recommend Cheung Fun (steamed rice roll) at Joe’s Steam Rice Roll, or Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings), from Shanghai You Garden. If you want to extend your taste buds to other culinary realms, head to the neighbourhood’s many Korean or Indian restaurants.
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4. East Village
The multicultural hot pot of the East Village is known for its rebellious counterculture spirit. This is certainly reflected in the neighbourhood’s foodie scene. Thanks to its diverse immigrant population, the famished visitor can enjoy a great selection of cuisines from many countries including Africa, the Himalayas, Albania and Portugal. Head to Lhasa Tibetan Restaurant for some Tibetan cuisine, or Veselka for some Ukrainian fare.
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Thanks to the influx of Italian families in the 19th and 20th centuries, this area is a great place for Italian Cuisine. Arthur Avenue, also known as the Bronx’s Little Italy, holds a fantastic selection of establishments selling authentic, affordable Italian delicacies. Mikes’ Deli is one of the pillars of the community, offering its famished guests a great sandwich selection and other tasty delights – including homemade mozzarella.
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