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, there’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 – although its specific origins are debatable. Our preferred tale is that it originated in the city’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel. A hungover patron requested some toast, poached eggs and bacon with hollandaise. The combination was added to the menu – the rest is history.
Where to try? Le District
Brookfield Place, 225 Liberty Street, NYC
Image Credit: @ledistrict
2. Manhattan Clam Chowder
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 weren’t successful, and the dish is still a solid addition to New York’s foodie scene.
Where to try? The Wilson
132 W 27th St, NYC, NY 10001
Image Credit: @thewilsonnyc
3. The Reuben
This famous sandwich consists of corned beef, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and russian dressing – all crammed into rye bread. It’s thought to have been created by Arnold Reuben, owner of Reuben’s Deli, in 1914. It’s a popular addition to many kosher-style deli menus across the city; although it isn’t actually Kosher, due to the additions of cheese and meat.
Where to try? Katz’s Delicatessen
205 East Houston St (corner of Ludlow), NYC, 10002
Image Credit: @katzsdeli
4. The Waldorf Salad
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.
Where to try? Le Crocodile
80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249,
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 ’Coney Island Red Hots’, were sold from his pushcart on Coney Island beach and quickly became a hit.
Where to try? Crif Dogs
28-07 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101
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 Well’s Supper Club and was a favourite of Sammy Davis Jr and Nat King Cole.
Where to eat? Red Rooster Harlem
10 Malcolm X Blvd, NYC, NY 10027
Image Credit: @roosterharlem
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!
Where to try? Mia’s Brooklyn Bakery
139 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
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. 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.
Where to try? Eileen’s Special Cheesecake
17 Cleveland Place, NYC, NY 10012
Image Credit: @eileenscheesecake