A Foodie’s Guide to NYC

Foodie's Guide to NYC

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.

Draft Latte

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!

Bao

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!

Ramen Burger

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!

Three of Cups

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.

Magnolia Bakery

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!

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The Ultimate Guide to Eating Like a Local in Savannah

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This weekend I visited Savannah, GA with a few of my friends for a weekend getaway. Savannah is a beautiful coastal Georgia city full of history and Southern charm. As an Atlanta native, I am very unfamiliar with what to do in Savannah. Typically when I travel, I like to balance visits to touristy attractions with local experiences– especially when it comes to food. For me, one of the worst feelings in the world is knowing that I’ve fallen into a tourist trap and overpaid for mediocre food when on vacation. Since this weekend was my fourth visit to Savannah, I went all out with pretending to be a local. Thankfully I also had my friend Jamie, who is a Savannah native, to show me the best local eats around the city. In this ultimate guide to food in Savannah, I’m going to tell you all about the food I ate this weekend so you can have an awesome food experience the next time you’re in the city!

Coffee

The Gallery Espresso

The Gallery Espresso is located on the corner of Chippewa Square– the famous square where the Forrest Gump bench scenes were filmed. Although the Forrest Gump bench is no longer there, flocks of tourists visit the square to capture pictures with the iconic background. Little do they know, there is a delightful local coffee shop just around the corner. While at The Gallery Espresso, I ordered a simple iced coffee. Their menu covers all of your basic coffee staples and they also offer a variety of baked goods. The coffee shop has a very chill atmosphere and is full of mismatched furniture and decor. Living up to its name, the walls are covered with art created by local artists that is also for sale. It is the perfect place for studying and catching up with friends.

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Lunch

Zunzi’s

Zunzi’s is a staple for casual dining in Savannah and a favorite among SCAD students and locals. They offer a variety of globally inspired sandwiches, salads, and entrees, but South Africa has the most dominant global influence on the food at Zunzi’s. A popular favorite for customers is the Conquistador sandwich, which contains baked chicken breast served with lettuce, tomato, and special Zunzi’s sauce on French bread. Zunzi’s is also known for their iced African tea. I ordered one of these during my visit here, and it was very delicious and unlike any other tea I have ever had before!

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Snack

Vinnie Van Go Go’s Pizzeria

On the edge of City Market is Vinnie Van Go Go’s– the best pizza you’ll find in Savannah. Vinnie Van Go Go’s is known for their thin crust New York Style pizza, beer, and people watching. If you’re hungry you can order an entire pies or if you’re just looking for a snack, they also sell pizza by the slice. A single slice at Vinnie Van Go Go’s is equivalent to two regular slices at a typical pizza restaurant. I filled up on a single slice of pepperoni and onion pizza and my total bill was less than $5. Remember to visit the ATM before you stop by because this restaurant only accepts cash!

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Dinner

Flying Monk Noodle Bar

While all of the tourists flock to River Street, all of the locals go to Broughton Street. On Broughton, you can find a variety of local boutiques, iconic brands, and plenty of restaurants. One of the best restaurants on Broughton is the Flying Monk Noodle Bar. This restaurant offers a variety of Asian cuisine including Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Japanese. I’m typically hesitant to eat at Asian restaurants that can’t commit to a single type of cuisine, because it is usually an indicator that the food is not authentic. This is definitely not the case at Flying Monk Noodle Bar! I ordered the Bangkok Curry Noodles (pictured) which was absolutely outstanding and tasted very authentic! The food is priced reasonably and the portion sizes are very generous. If you decide to eat dinner here, come early or make a reservation because they usually have a long wait to get in!

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Dessert

Leopold’s Ice Cream

Leopold’s Ice Cream is a place everyone must visit while in Savannah. Yes, it is a very touristy ice cream shop, but there is something about its old-school charm and nation-wide acclaim that continue to draw in tourists and locals alike. Leopold’s is also located on Broughton Street next to the iconic Savannah College of Art and Design’s Trustees Theater. The ice cream shop offers an assortment of ice cream flavors and is very generous with their samples and scoop sizes. I ordered a single scoop of peppermint ice cream, and it was the perfect treat for ending a hot summer’s day exploring Savannah!

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The next time you’re in Savannah make sure to stop by all of these places if you’re looking for delicious local food! Are you from Savannah? What other local restaurants do you recommend to visitors? Comment below!

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