Now that we've established how much I love the Big Apple, let's explore all of the best restaurants in New York City!
This post is the second of four that will highlight Vince's and my favorite sights, bites, and nights in New York City. Today we'll highlight ourfavorite bites, then continue with nights and indoor sights in later posts. You can see our list of favorite outdoor sights here.
I've been to NYC enough times to lose count (over 10 times?) and Vince has traveled there with me three times now. Between the two of us, we've got some pretty robust lists of favorites!
(A Note: The photos I'll share below were taken at various times across the past 10 years. They were taken with various cameras and skill levels I've possessed over the years. If any of them look super old, grainy, poorly shot, etc. that's why!)
Ready. Set. Go.
Of course we've got to start a New York foodie list off with pizza! New York has the greatest pizza in the world. (You heard me, Chicago...)
We've been eating at John's Pizzeria (on Bleecker Street) for as long as I can remember. I'm pretty sure my family ate here on our first trip and we haven't looked back since! Their crust is phenomenal and I love their sauce-to-toppings ratio.
A few NOTES: they don't sell pizza by the slice and they only accept cash!
BAKED BY MELISSA
These little bakeries were recommended to us by a friend named Melissa (she was biased). Baked by Melissa specializes in teeny tiny cupcakes with awesome flavors. You can easily afford a dozen of these little gems, eat them all in one sitting, and not feel bad at all!
This delightful ice cream shop is located right next to John's Pizzeria on Bleecker Street. Cones was founded by two Argentinian brothers many years ago. They have a ton of great flavors that reference Italian gelato in texture.
If you're feeling adventurous, definitely stop by for a taste of the corn. You heard me right - CORN! (Apparently it's an Argentinian thing...) Try a scoop and ask to have cinnamon sprinkled on top!
Shake Shack made me love burgers again. If that's not high praise, I don't know what is. It's that good. It's already a NYC institution and it's only been around since 2001!
Shake Shack was the first burger Vince ever saw me eat, and we'd been dating for almost two years at that point. Vince loves burgers so this was a big deal for him.
Definitely get a shake and fries when you visit. Burger-wise, I personally am a fan of the Smoke Shack burger and Vince loves to get the Cheeseburger.
TODD ENGLISH FOOD HALL
We stumbled upon this gem while visiting the Plaza Hotel back in 2013. The Todd English Food Hall is located in the basement!
The entire space is full of fancy little food stalls and culinary shops. (Think Dean & Deluca, but with a lot more options and cuisines, and slightly fancier.) The first time we visited we dined at a French stall and ate the most amazing croque madame sandwiches of our lives. Then we stuffed our faces with fancy desserts :)
Best Bagel may look unassuming from the outside, and it may have a name that leaves you wondering if it's overcompensating, but it's definitely the. best. bagel. The 25+ minute line out the door every morning corroborates this claim.
You really can't go wrong with any option here. They have everything from veggie smears to smoked salmon to deli meat. Just know that there is very limited seating so you may need to take your bagel to go and eat it on a bench somewhere.
Serendipity III has been featured in a number of movies and TV shows. You might recognized it from the movie Serendipity. It's also famous for its $1,000 gold sundae!
Most people (ourselves included) come here for the desserts. Their specialties include frozen hot chocolate and sundaes. Their sundaes are massive (3-5 scoops!) so bring a posse to split it.
A NOTE: You can only make reservations if you are eating a full meal (not just dessert). Tables fill up fast for all meals so make sure you have time (and entertainment) for the wait if you only go for dessert!
DYLAN'S CANDY BAR
Dylan's Candy Bar is owned by Ralph Lauren's daughter, Dylan. It's a cute little candy shop located in the Upper East Side (near Serendipity). They don't have any specialty candy, but their branding is really cool and it's just a fun store to see.
Marc Forgione, located in Tribeca, is the spendiest restaurant on this list. It's owned by an Iron Chef of the same name. My family first learned about Marc Forgione while watching Food Network's Next Iron Chef America. He was competing against KC local chef Celina Tio. The first time we traveled to NYC after watching the show we had to go try his food! Chef Forgione specializes in true American cuisine. Definitely give it a try if you're feeling adventurous. It's completely worth every penny.
Another quintessentially NYC experience :) Katz's Deli was first made famous by the movie When Harry Met Sally. My family and I stood in line for 30+ minutes one vacation to try their reubens for ourselves. They did not disappoint! Definitely make the trek down to the Lower East side to see (and taste!) this NYC landmark.
THE MEATBALL SHOP
The Meatball Shop is another new addition to our favorite foods list. This restaurant specializes in - what else - meatballs. But not just any meatballs. They have all kinds! What I love about this place is that you order your food by selecting a meatball (beef, veggie, chicken, etc.), adding a base (pasta, veggies, etc.) and then a sauce. Pictured below are the chicken meatballs with roasted veggies and pesto sauce. The flavor was absolutely wonderful.
This list of New York City bite barely scratches the surface. There is soooo much more to taste in the Big Apple. Hopefully you'll use this list as a great starting point to draw inspiration from and add to!
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