8 Must-Try Foods in New York

Try these famous bites next time youโ€™re feeling peckish


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Exploring New York is hungry work – but fear not! The city is home to some of the best-known foods in the world. From Eggs Benny to Chicken and Waffles, thereโ€™s plenty of choices. Take a peek at 8 famous bites that call New York home.


1. Eggs Benedict

Yep, that much-loved brunch classic was first served up in New York –ย  although its specific origins are debatable. Our preferred tale is that it originated in the cityโ€™s Waldorf Astoria Hotel. A hungover patron requested some toast, poached eggs and bacon with hollandaise. The combination was added to the menu –ย  the rest is history.ย 

Where to try? Le Districtย 
Brookfield Place,ย 225 Liberty Street, NYCEggs Benedict with a coffee

Image Credit: @ledistrictย 

2. Manhattan Clam Chowderย 

Unlike the popular, milk-based, New England Clam chowder, the Manhattan variant is tomato-based. It was introduced by Portuguese immigrants on Rhode Island. The addition of tomatoes has been seen as controversial; in fact, the state of Maine considered banning the use of tomatoes in the recipe. Thankfully they werenโ€™t successful, and the dish is still a solid addition to New Yorkโ€™s foodie scene.

Where to try? The Wilson
132 W 27th St, NYC, NY 10001


Clams, potatoes and herbs in a tomato broth

Image Credit: @thewilsonnyc

3. The Reuben

This famous sandwich consists of corned beef, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and russian dressing – all crammed into rye bread. Itโ€™s thought to have been created by Arnold Reuben, owner of Reubenโ€™s Deli, in 1914. Itโ€™s a popular addition to many kosher-style deli menus across the city; although it isnโ€™t actually Kosher, due to the additions of cheese and meat.ย 

Where to try? Katzโ€™s Delicatessen
205 East Houston St (corner of Ludlow), NYC, 10002A stack of sandwiches

Image Credit: @katzsdeli

4. The Waldorf Saladย 

This refreshing mix of grapes, apples, celery and walnuts is dressed in mayonnaise and traditionally served on a bed of lettuce as a starter. It was first created at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in 1896 and is still served across the city today.ย 

Where to try? ย Le Crocodileย ย ย 
80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249,Salad on a plate

Image Credit: @jasondiningout

5. Hot Dog

No need for introductions here! This legendary street stall snack has been gracing the pallets of New Yorkers since the 1800s. Charles Feltman, a German Immigrant and resident of Coney Island, is one of the many possible creators of this meaty treat. The dogs, then known as โ€™Coney Island Red Hotsโ€™, were sold from his pushcart on Coney Island beach and quickly became a hit.ย 

Where to try? Crif Dogsย 
28-07 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101Four hot dogs in a row

Image Credit: @crifdogs

6. Fried Chicken and Waffles

Modern versions of this sweet-savoury dish are thought to have originated in the African-American community of Harlem. It was served at the Harlem establishment of Wellโ€™s Supper Club and was a favourite of Sammy Davis Jr and Nat King Cole.ย 

Where to eat? Red Rooster Harlemย 
10 Malcolm X Blvd, NYC, NY 10027Chicken and waffles on a plate

Image Credit: @roosterharlem

7. Cronutย 

Fancy dessert? Check out this croissant-doughnut hybrid, invented by New York pastry chef Dominique Ansell, in 2013. The croissant-like dough is packed with flavoured cream and fried in grapeseed oil – not for the health-conscious, but definitely delicious!ย 

Where to try? Mia’s Brooklyn Bakeryย 
139 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201Close up shot of cronut with icing

Image Credit: @miasbakerybk

8. New York Cheesecake

The origins of this famous dessert can be traced back to ancient Greece; a far cry from the streets of New York. ย Its delectable cream-cheesy goodness has since spread cheer to sweet-tooths all over the world. The invention of the New York variety is credited to our old friend Arnold Reuben in the 1920s and is still a favourite of New Yorkers today. ย 

Where to try? Eileen’s Special Cheesecakeย 
17 Cleveland Place, NYC, NY 10012Close up of a cheesecake with strawberry sauce

Image Credit: @eileenscheesecake







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