They call it the “Big Apple” for a reason. New York City is a diverse urban oasis full of food, people, and culture— the perfect place for a foodie. I recently visited New York City on a quest to find the most delicious food. The trip definitely did not disappoint, and I returned home from the weekend getaway with a full stomach and extremely satisfied taste buds. Here is my list of the top foodie foods you should try in NYC:
1.Draft Latte, La Colombe
Yes, you read it right, this is draft latte— coffee from a keg! When I first saw this, I was completely intrigued and had to try it! During my visit to La Colombe, my barista poured my non-alcoholic latte in front of me straight from the tap. At first taste, the coffee is super smooth, frothy, and cold. Coffee is definitely the strongest and boldest flavor and it is not sweetened— it is the perfect latte experience! La Colombe also sells their draft latte in cans on their website and I’m seriously considering having them shipped to my house.
2. Pork Belly Bao & Popcorn Chicken, Kaya NYC @ Urbanspace Garment District
I stumbled upon this food tent while walking around the Garment District. If you’re not familiar with bao (rhymes with “wow”), it is a steamed bun typically found in Chinese cuisine. I have grown up eating bao while eating dim sum with my family, but I have never had bao in a sandwich form before. The bun is warm and semi-sweet while the Chinese-style popcorn chicken is crispy and savory. Paired with pork belly, cilantro, sriracha, and the popcorn chicken on the side, this street food makes the perfect lunch or afternoon treat!
3. Ramen Burger, Smorgasburg
The ramen burger is a foodie delicacy that can be found at Smorgasburg in Brooklyn. Smorgasburg is an outdoor food market that is open during the warmer months of the year. Many food trends have originated from Smorgasburg, which is why I had to check it out while I was in NYC. The ramen burger consists of a hamburger patty sandwiched between two ramen noodle buns. The ramen noodle buns have a good texture— not too soft and not too crispy. The burger is paired perfectly with an Asian-inspired teriyaki sauce, cheese, and spinach. As strange as it sounds, the ramen burger was one of my favorite things I ate and is something I would definitely recommend to other people!
4. Brunch, Three of Cups
My friends and I wanted to experience the NYC weekend brunch scene but didn’t want to pay the hefty price of $30+ per person. We came across Three of Cups as an affordable recommendation from Forbes magazine online. For only $17 per person, you get A LOT of food at Three of Cups. Our brunch included unlimited coffee, 2 mimosas/bloody mary’s, a basket of bread, and our entrées. For my entrée, I selected the Benedict alla Tre Di Cuppa (eggs benedict). Based on value and quality of food, brunch at Three of Cups was my favorite meal from the entire trip!
5. Cupcake, Magnolia Bakery
Every time I visit New York City, I have to get a cupcake from Magnolia Bakery— it has become one of my NYC traditions. Magnolia Bakery cupcakes are my most favorite cupcakes in the whole entire world. Each Magnolia Bakery cupcake is served with their signature icing swirl. I’m usually not a big fan of icing, but I could eat tubs of Magnolia Bakery’s buttercream icing just by itself. I’ve tried to make their icing at home with recipes I’ve found online, but nothing compares to the original.
Now that you’ve read my foodie’s guide to NYC, do you have any favorite NYC foods that other foodies should know about? Tell me your suggestions in the comments!