The Black Label Burger at Minetta Tavern
When going to NYC, you are probably going to have delicious burgers. If you are feeling a little bit more on the splurge side, then you may try this $ 33.- dry-aged beef burger with a custom brioche bun. Location: 113 MacDougal Street, NYC.
Adobada Taco at Los Tacos N 1
Probably the best tacos in New York City. If you visit their Chelsea Market on peak hours, be prepared to wait in line. With fresh ingredients and simple family recipes, this taqueria is a must for Mexican food lovers. Try this marinated pork taco with corn tortilla! Location: Chelsea Market and Times Square.
Al Pastor Taco at Taco Mix
You can't go wrong with this hole-in-the-wall cheap taqueria located in the Spanish Harlem. Their Al Pastor Tacos come our right from the spit and topped with sliced pineapple. Location: 234 E. 116th St., NY.
Artichokes' Pizza Slice at Artichoke Basille's Pizza
Their staple Artichokes' slice is the one to get: a huge slice of creamy and rich artichokes' sauce filled with cheese over a crispy crust… well, that's some pizza I want to eat. Location: they have a few locations across the island, which you can see.
Bagel and Lox at Russ And Daughters
While using bagels from Brooklyn's "The Bagel Hole", Russ and Daughters serve if not the most iconic bagel sandwich in the whole city with a generous amount of brined and salt-cured salmon and some classic all-natural cream cheese. Location: you can have it for $ 11.- at 179 East Houston Street, NY.
Bagel Sandwiches at Black Seed Bagels
More bagels? Hell yeah! Just try any of their sandwiches and you'll feel blessed: from the classic NY schmear to some of their signatures' as their "House Beet Lox", each of them is a piece of fresh and hand rolled wood-fired bagel heaven. Location: Nolita, Battery Park City, and East Village.
Banana Pudding at Magnolia Bakery
Magnolia Bakery may be famous for their cupcakes appearance in "Sex and the City" but their Banana Pudding is the one thing you need to try. Really, is legendary. You can find the classic or the chocolate one all-year round but every season the company also launches some cool flavors, like peanut butter or pumpkin pie. Locations: as of today, six locations are available in NY.
BBQ Brisket at Hometown Bar-B-Que
If you want to eat some serious meat within a reasonable price, Hometown is probably the place you are looking for. With a modern warm design, this meatery specializes in in authentic pit-smoked meats. You should definitely try the brisket, but the beef ribs are another great option. Location: 454 Van Brunt St. Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Buffalo Wings from John's Wings
These authentic all-the-way from Buffalo wings are the perfect snack for your weekend or the Superbowl game. Spicy and really rich flavored you sure be willing to get a little messy with all that sauce. Location: you can find them at 135 First Avenue at St. Marks, East Village and at Smorgasburg on weekends.
Chocolate Babka at Breads Bakery
Babka is a half-yeasted-bread half-cake hybrid from Eastern Europe that's been an NYC classic since forever, so you should try it at least once. This one is airy, full of Nutella and was chosen the Best Chocolate Babka in 2013 by the New York Magazine. Location: Union Square, Bryant Park kiosk and Lincoln Center.
Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies at Levain Bakery
This giant moist and rich flavored cookie is well worth the couple of bucks it costs. Maybe the best cookie in NYC, the Chocolate Chip Walnut is the one to try but any of them is absolutely delightful. Location: four locations in NYC and online shop.
Original New York Plain Cheesecake at Junior's
While there are many places that claim to have a better cheesecake, Junior's is like a New York institution, because of their humongous creamy with a sponge cake bottom cakes (in exchange for the classic cheesecake cookie crust. Location: originally from Brooklyn, you can also find it at 45th and 49th Street, NY.
Combo Over Rice at The Halal Guys
Don't let them fool you and try the real "Halal" at West 53 St. & 6th Avenue right at the corner of the Museum of Modern Art. The Combo Over Rice is the ultimate cheap and satisfying eat to have on the go. Location: a few along the island.
Cronut at Dominique Ansel Bakery
Can you imagine a hybrid pastry deliciousness between a croissant and a donut? Well, Dominique Ansel once could so he came with this mind-blowing idea that has New Yorkers and out-of-towners waiting in line until they are sold out since 2011. Location: go crazy at 189 Spring Street, between Sullivan and Thompson, NY.
DoughBurger at Buns Bar
No, it's not your imagination: it's a burger served on a glazed donut from Dough donuts. This twist on the classic cheese-lettuce-tomato burger, adding some Applewood smoked bacon and a fried egg, it's a little bit on the pricey side ($ 22.-) but worth the try. Location: 263 West 19th Street, NY.
Donuts at Dough
We now introduce you to hands down the best donuts in New York City. Gigantic, fluffy, rich and with many great flavors to try. From the Dulce De Leche Almonds to the Hibiscus one, any of them is amazing. Location: while having some throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, you can also find them At Smorgasburg on weekends.
Eggs Benedict at Delmonico's
Try this brunch staple in one of the oldest restaurants in the United States, where the iconic dish was allegedly invented in the 1860s. Two halves of an English muffin, ham, a poached egg and hollandaise sauce are the perfect way to start off your day if you woke up feeling a bit fancy. Location: 56 Beaver St.
The Rockaway Taco at Rockaway Beach Surf Club
It's quite difficult to beat tacos with a view and that's what Rockaway Beach Surf Club offers. Order this $3 or $4 taco, depending on your taste for guacamole (But who doesn't like it? Is that even a thing?) and enjoy the perfect beach day. Location: 302 Beach 87th Street, Rockaway Beach, NY.
Fried Calamari at Randazzo's Clam Bar
Another perfect snack -or even a full lunch- for that day-trip to the beach. Serving them since the 1960s, this golden-crispy-light buttered fried calamari are so yummy you'll be coming back for more. Don't forget to dip them in their iconic red sauce! Location: 2017 Emmons Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.
Fried Chicken at The Commodore
Deep fried tender meat with a light and crispy golden batter. What's not to love? Some say this fried chicken is the best one in the city. You'll have to go all the way to Williamsburg to find it out. Location: 366 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.
Can't Say No! Sundae at Serendipity 3
Mostly known for its Frozen Hot Chocolate, Serendipity 3 is the place you want to go if you love over the top desserts. Even their not-so-cheap prices and the long lines are all worth it for this magnificent sundae full of hot fudge, ice cream and a great peanut butter "Humble Pie". Location: 225 East 60th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, NY.
Hot Dogs at Nathan's Famous
This hot dog restaurant is a Coney Island staple you should visit at least once. The legendary location has been there since the Great War and was rebuilt after Hurricane Sandy flooded it, still serving kick-ass hot dogs and fries using a secret blend of spices family recipe. Location: 1310 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.
Lobster Roll at Red Hook Lobster Pound
While the menu is quite large, the two stars of their lobster roll preparations are the Maine Style roll and the Connecticut Style roll. Since the beginning, they have been using fresh Maine lobster from the Five Islands area, a French-style homemade mayonnaise, and hot dog buns! Location: 284 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn, NY.
Mac and Cheese at Murray's Cheese Bar
Their Murray's Classic Mac & Cheese features a secret blend of three kinds of cheese and crispy bread crumbs all over, while you can add chorizo or bacon to your choice. Any cheese lover will enjoy this traditional American dish. Location: 264 Bleecker Street, NY.
Matzo Ball Soup At 2nd Ave Deli
You can't go wrong with 2nd Avenue Deli but they serve one of the best Matzo Ball Soups ever. Location: find this New York family institution at 162 East 33rd Street (Midtown East) and 1442 First Avenue (Upper East).
Nuggets at The Nugget Spot
With 120 combos of nuggets and sauces and 10 different types of nuggets, this Lower East Side spot is the one you must visit if you are a chicken lover. They even serve nuggets coated in Cap'n Crunch cereals! Location: 230 East 14th Street, NY.
Oysters at Oyster Bar Grand Central
Another New York institution that's been serving oysters for over 100 years! This restaurant is a destination itself and you can try a dozen varieties of oysters in a classic ambiance right before you board on a train (or just visit Grand Central Terminal). Location: Lower Level at Grand Central Terminal, 89 East 42nd Street, NY.
Pastrami and Egg Sandwich at Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop
As their slogan announces, they are "Raising New York's Cholesterol Since 1929° and that's some statement. This diner is filled with suited businessmen and all kind of tourists at lunch hour enjoying from their traditional pastrami and egg sandwich to tuna melts. Its consistent quality will keep you wanting some more. Location: 174 5th Avenue, NY.
Pastrami on Rye at Katz’s Delicatessen
There's more to Katz's than the well-known orgasm "When Harry Met Sally" scene and it surely is their infamous pastrami on rye sandwich, which is made with sliced corn beef that's been cured from two to four weeks, spiced rubbed and then smoked. With or without mustard, have it with a generous plate of pickles. Location: 205 East Houston Street, corner of Ludlow Street, NY.
Pierogies at Veselka
Their made-in-the-house pierogies with sour cream and the caramelized onions are the essential order in this traditional Ukrainian food restaurant. Location: 144 Second Avenue, NY.
Pork Buns at Momofuku Noodle Bar
While Momofuku obviously didn't invent the pork buns, they sure made them an iconic dish. Simple components, as the fluffy bao from Peking food or the pork belly meat that is cured and slow cooked in the house, ensembles a delicious snack for any time of the day. Location: 71 1st Avenue, NY.
Pupusas at El Olomega Pupusas
If you've never heard of pupusas, then you must visit the truck that has been "Serving Authentic Salvadoran Food to the Tri-State Area in Brooklyn, NY. Since 1990", as their slogan states. This griddle cakes stuffed with everything -from beans to chili or any kind of meat- are quite a unique dish to try. Location: 155 Bay St, Red Hook Park Field #1, Brooklyn, NY.
Raclette at Raclette
Calling all the cheese lovers out there for some true cheese action here. The original raclette specialty restaurant has been a boom since April 2016 when they went viral on Facebook because you can have melted cheese right from the wheel scraped onto any of the accompaniments from the menu. Location: 511 East 12th Street, NY.
Ramen at Ivan Ramen
Creativity, fine ingredients, and tradition are mixed in this reasonably priced restaurant opened in 2014 by the Long Island native who fell in love with everything Japanese when he moved to Japan after graduating. Enjoy delicious fresh whole-wheat noodles over the counter. Location: 25 Clinton St, NY.
Ramen at Noodle Cafe Zen
A real hole-in-the-wall in Little Tokyo that offers an incredible ramen for a few bucks with many traditional and more original varieties on the menu. Location: 31 Saint Marks Place, NY.
Ramen Burger at Smorgasburg
Yeah, that's a burger with a ramen bun. Something special to try if you like new innovative things, even if they are a little over-priced. Location: you can find them on weekends at Smorgasburg.
Recession Special at Gray's Papaya
You can have 2 franks and 14 oz. drink for less than five bucks and try this classic NY cheap and quick lunch. You may also try their Piña Colada drink! Location: 2090 Broadway, NY.
Sicilian (Square) Pie Pizza at L&B Spumoni Gardens
If you are aiming to try something different to new typical New York full-of-cheese pizza slice, then this full-of-sauce Sicilian pizza square is what you are looking for. Be prepared to get your mind blown away by this sauce over cheese crispy four-sided piece of heaven. Location: 2725 86th Street, Brooklyn, NY.
Soft Giant Pretzel at Werkstatt
Giant and buttery, crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, with that salty tingle all pretzels should have, it's hard to beat Werkstatt fantastic recipe but you'll have to go all the way to Brooklyn to grab a bite of them. Location: 509 Coney Island Avenue, at Turner Pl., Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY.
Soup Dumplings at Joe's Shanghai
These tender pouches are freshly made and prepared in two varieties -crab meat or pork meat- to satisfy your Chinese food cravings at its most. It's a good place to start if you've never tried them and you sure won't be disappointed. Location: 38-12 Prince Street between 38th and 39th Avenue, Flushing, Queens.
Spicy Cumin Lamb Noodles at Xi'an Famous Foods
The lamb is chopped, marinated and sautéed in spices and cumin to be served along with this wide wheat hand-ripped noodles with soy sauce, following a family recipe cooked over the years by father and son. Location: Their original location was at the Golden Shopping Mall in Flushing, but they have expanded!
Spicy Spring Sicilian Slice at Prince Street Pizza
The combination of fresh mozzarella, a ridiculous amount of pepperoni and their pepper-infused tomato sauce make quite a unique Sicilian pizza square that's worth the try. Location: 27 Prince Street, NY.
Steak Frites at Balthazar
It is by far the best-selling dish in the iconic French brasserie. It may sound simple, but no one does steak and fries like Balthazar does if you are willing to pay rough $ 38.- for the dish. Location: 80 Spring Street, NY.
The Classic Pie at Di Fara Pizza
When talking about pizza in NYC, we can't forget to mention Di Fara. Each pizza pie is handcrafted by the master himself, Dom, who opened this pizzeria in 1964. He also continues using many ingredients imported from Italy, providing this traditional pizza a taste that can't be replicated. Location: 1424 Ave J, Brooklyn, NY.
The Good Morning at Crif Dogs
Crunchy tater tots and bacon wrapped hot dog with egg and cheese? What's not to love? You can also try some other original creations as the "Tsunami" hot hog (also bacon wrapped, with teriyaki, pineapple, and green onions). Location: 113 Saint Marks Place (Manhattan) and 555 Driggs Avenue, North 7th (Brooklyn).
The Salty Pimp at Big Gay Ice Cream
Room for dessert? Then try this humongous vanilla soft-serve injected with dulce de leche and covered by a salty chocolate shell. Locations: 125 East 7th Street and 61 Grove Street, among others.
The Shack Burger at Shake Shack
It's burger time and that means Shake Shack. Great meat flavor, fresh and quality ingredients and soft buns make an exceptionally well-balanced burger, not too big nor too small, not too expensive nor too cheap. A classic NY option to enjoy especially at lunchtime. Location: the original location can be found at the southeast corner of the Madison Square Park, but they have expanded!
The Veal Parm at Carbone
A luxury version of a classic Italian dish makes this one the most famous veal parm in the city by the chefs Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi. Location: 181 Thompson Street, NY.
Truffle Frites from Home Frite at Smorgasburg
You can't leave Smorgasburg without trying the truffle fries with aioli sauce. Lines are long, but they move quickly considering each batch is freshly made in front of you. Location: Smorgasburg on weekends.
Wild Maine Blueberry Pancakes at Clinton St. Baking Co. & Restaurant
Never underestimate the power of some good old pancakes. Whether you have them for breakfast, brunch or dessert, you can't go wrong with these fluffy wild Maine blueberries pancakes with maple butter syrup. Location: 4 Clinton Street, NY.
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