New York City is a wonderland-of skyscrapers, millions of people, and tons of delicious treats to indulge in. From burgers to sweets you can find anything in NYC. On my trip last year to the Big Apple, I had the privilege of eating some of the yummiest foods ever. I tried to hit some of the popular spots, as well as some hidden gems. Join me on a foodie adventure through the big city!
Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beers
Yes-I went to a craft burger place and didn’t order a burger. But to be fair, I’m not a big burger person and I can never pass up Korean BBQ. I ordered the Crispy Chicken Sandwich- which features crispy chicken, coleslaw, spicy may and their Korean BBQ sauce. So delicious. The portions are huge as you can see, so you’re sure to be filled up. They have tons of craft beer on tap but checkout their craft cocktails too- the Black Tap Mule was great. Their real standouts are the milkshakes. Seriously-they are excessive and amazing. For the four of us that were there we ordered the Cookie ‘N Creme Supreme Crazy Shake and it was outstanding. Don’t pass it up!
A truly unique place to eat in NYC, Eataly is actually a market with little eateries inside. You can buy food to make at home or freshly made dishes. There are several locations; we chose the one right in front of the Flatiron Building. We grabbed a bite from La Pizza & La Pasta, alllll the way in the back. You can eat inside the building-but there’s limited seating and it’s first come, first serve. I suggest grabbing one of their gorgeous & delicious Napoli-style pies to go and eating at Madison Square Park-which is right across the street. The pizza was so good, you can just tell the ingredients are super fresh. The portions are good too-enough to share!
What a genius idea-mixing two of my fave things-ice cream and alcohol. The idea is simple: you take classic ice cream flavors and put a twist by putting real alcohol in the mix. They say each serving has about the same alcohol content as a beer, so you’d have to eat a bit to truly feel a buzz. I tried the Spiked Mint Chip and Chocolate Stout w/ Pretzel. Rohan had the Tequila Mexican “Hot” Chocolate. I loved mine-both flavors were so good. Rohan didn’t care for his-but then again he hates cinnamon and doesn’t care for tequila (don’t ask me why he ordered that flavor). You must be 21 to order, and they do ID, so just be aware.
When I researched “places to eat in New York” Shake Shack made every single list. It’s apparently a cult fave and the lines proved it. We each ordered a Shackburger and a milkshake. and shared cheese fries. The food was pretty good-though nothing to write home about in my opinion. The shakes were the best part and we even got a Shack Attack concrete frozen custard, which was phenomenal. ShakeShacks are located all over the city-so you’re never too far from one!
A dear friend of mine from high school lives and works in the city-and he took us out for a fancy night at a really cool place called The Wayfarer. It’s a really nice place- known to host parties for the likes of Ed Sheeran, Tina Fey, etc etc. The ambiance is perfect, the service incredible, and the food is divine. Since we were there with someone who works there, we got awesome recommendations. We ended up ordering a ton of stuff, and everything was delicious. The prices aren’t cheap, but it’s well worth it. Definitely a great place for a date night or a celebratory dinner! And don’t even think about missing the chocolate chip cookies-they.are.to.die.for.
NYC is famous for its pies, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a bad one. Honestly, I can’t even remember the random stops we made for pizza, but none of them were disappointing. It’s like the lifeforce of the city-and everyone runs on it. “NYC style” pizza anywhere else just doesn’t measure up. And if you don’t have pizza in New York-did you really even go?
If you’re looking for something that’s ridiculous and super Insta-worthy, look no further than Times Square. Located in the American Eagle Outfitters, DRINK is a beverage cafe that makes drinks that are almost too pretty to drink. Their most popular and Instafamous drink is the Pegasus, featured above, made from organic milk with syrup and food coloring. Be prepared-they’re going to ask you a million questions about how you’d like the drink. It comes with edible glitter, handmade marshmallows, sprinkles, rock candy, and more sprinkles. The only advice I have is to choose your flavors carefully- mine was very, very sweet. If anything-it’s worth the photo.
As you can see New York is full of delicious morsels, and it has something for everyone. From street food to burgers to fancy dinners, you’re never short of options in NYC. What are you favorite places in the Big Apple to grab a bite? Have you tried any of these? Let me know in the comments below!
As always, thanks for reading & stay golden!