This is the best place to combine New York walking tours with great food. Manhattan has over 10,000 restaurants and you’d like to visit them all, but with so many restaurants and so little time, let me help. Your average stay is 4-5 days so your food choices must be accurate and delicious.
Being a native New Yorker and a foodie, I have scoured the city’s streets, avenues, and back alleys in search of the best life-changing dishes, our city has to offer. Restaurant rents are very high, so the food must be good, bringing in lots of customers for them to stay in business. Many good restaurants close every week because the competition is fierce, and customers enjoy trying new restaurants.
It can be frustrating to hear New York has the best pizza, but not knowing where to find can be a drag. I’ll tell you which is the best and where to find it.
The list below shows several hometown American favorites, and also shows our strength and diversity in ethnic foods. A bonus to finding these great foods is that you’ll get a chance to visit some very cool neighborhoods like the Lower East Side, Greenwich Village, Chelsea, and Chinatown.
The winners of the most unforgettable foods in New York City are;
New York Cheesecake – Juniors
It’s all cream cheese so it’s dense with a hint of lime. Made in Brooklyn since 1950.Times Square,1515 Broadway at 45th St. You can buy it in the coffee shop with a meal or at its stand-alone just cheesecake shop in the middle of the block.
Pastrami on Rye – Katz’s Deli
Opened in the 1880’s when the neighborhood was East European Jewish. Pastrami and corned beef are made on premises. Sandwiches are huge. Great side dishes are french fries and fried square potato knish. Lower East Side, 205 East Houston Street, at Ludlow St.
New York Pizza Slice – Joe’s
A common name for an uncommon slice. Uses imported Italian tomatoes, it’s thin, crispy, and always fresh. Don’t be afraid of the line, it moves fast and it’s worth it. If you’re out late, there open till 4am.
Greenwich Village, 7 Carmine St, near 6th Avenue.
Chinese Pork Dumplings – Tasty
The pork dumplings are the best seller on the menu. Pan-fried in a wok, water is added, and the wok is covered for streaming effect too, makes them very juicy. A friendly mixed crowd with self-assisted communal seating.
42 Mulberry Street – 2 blocks south of Canal St.
Mexican Taco – Los Tacos No. 1
These Cali-Mex tacos are the real deal. Made with handmade tortillas. Located in the Chelsea Market, a great gourmet indoor food court. 75 9th Ave, at West 15th Street.
If you’d like to try a walking food tour, eat at 4 local New York shops and restaurants, visit cool landmarks, and learn about the neighborhoods, please visit; New York Walking Tours | Food Tour NYC
*Bonus Food Choice. For reading the entire article and not running away because I made you hungry.
Davey’s Ice Cream
Cool shop made with local ingredients for great flavors. One of my favorite neighborhoods to roam around. East Village, 137 1st Avenue, bet. St. Marks/East 9th Street.
Bruce Scher is a native New Yorker born in Brooklyn and currently living in Queens. Tour Guide for 10 years at http://www.walkingtoursmanhattan.com
offering daily food tours of Greenwich Village, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. Rated 4 1/2 stars on TripAdvisor.