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!


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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  1. I love this blog post! I lived in the city this summer and you chose amazing things for this post! I actually never got to make it to Smorgasburg and I am still sad about it. I heard it was filled with the greatest food and so many new things to try. I have to go there once I make it back to the city.

  2. This blog post is awesome! NYC is full of such diverse cultural food and is just the most amazing place. Ramen Burger is so delicious (I went there last summer) & I plan to move there after graduation. Awesome job!

  3. This is amazing. I am from New Jersey and always take day trips to NYC and actually use Instagram to find places to eat! The opportunities for a foodie in NYC are endless and the prices are actually not super expensive! Thank you for these suggestions, I feel like you could probably do a blog post a day if you lived in the city and were a foodie. When I go home I’m definitely trying these cool spots! Great post!

  4. Now I’m hungry haha. But I loved this blog, the photos you brought in really helped the aesthetic of it all. I’m definitely a foodie, and got to experience some great cuisine while I was in New York. One place I suggest that you try is Lillie’s for brunch. It is a Victorian Establishment. Essentially, the owner imported all these things from the UK and opened the restaurant as a tax write off. Brunch is super reasonable. For around $18 you get an entree with a mimosa, or you can pay $3 more for a bloody mary or beer.

  5. Christina! This post brings back memories of our trip- and I’m totally jealous of all the yummy places you went! I should have hung out with you more. 😉 I ended up going to an awesome ramen place called Ippudo, so if you’ve ever back in NYC, you should go! Foodies Guide to NYC Part 2?

  6. Growing up in NYC this blog post has be seriously wanting to visit home. My favorite part of the city is all the adventurous food to eat. I honestly think I am such a foodie and adventurous eater because I grew up in an area with such a wide variety of interesting food.

  7. Wow! Yum! I loved reading your blog post and it made me so hungry! Your post reminded me of the instagram accounts I stumble upon (and drool over) that are personal food diaries. I think it’s cool how social media can be used to open up people’s views on different foods for everyone to give it a try!

  8. What a coincidence, my blog post is about the same trip to New York! Haha, but I love this post and that you focused on the food aspect. I loved the draft latte at La Colombe, as well. SO GOOD.
    You took some awesome pictures, props!

  9. I love NYC food! I recently went over the summer for a weekend and it felt too short to be able to appreciate the food culture of the city. Next time I make a trip up there (or hopefully live there post-grad) I will definitely hit up these recommendations. Great post!

  10. Great post!! You really showed variety in the food types and gave great suggestions! The photos really bring the descriptions to life and definitely appealed to me as I haven’t eaten lunch yet. I’ve been meaning to visit NYC again soon and will definitely remember this post in the future!

  11. Christina,
    I love your blog page! It looks super professional and maintains a clean look throughout. I also loved this blog post! I’ve never heard of a ramen noodle bun, but definitely plan to try that the next time I’m in NY. I like how you did a variety of different food types. Overall, a great post!

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  13. I love this post! New York is one of my favorite cities in the United States and I cannot wait to go back. Everything you posted looks absolutely amazing. I’m hoping to go on a mini vacation in May and I will defiantly be adding these to my list. Great post!