Only got a few hours to spend in the city? Well we’ve got you covered in the food department. New York City is known for its food and variety of it. With only a few hours in the city, you need to make sure you know where you are going. Here are the seven most famous foods of New York City you have to try before leaving.
1. Di Fara Pizza
One cannot visit New York City without having pizza. As much as it might be trek for some, Brooklyn is known for having the best and most famous pizza in the boroughs. But who has the best pizza in Brooklyn?
Di Fara Pizza is known as one of the oldest pizza and according to their website the “best pizzeria in New York City.” First opened by Domenico “Dom” De Marco in 1965, Di Fara Pizza is a family owned and operated pizzeria. Each pie is said to be handcrafted by the owner. At 82-years-old De Marco still cooks using ingredients imported from Italy. Get ready to taste not only good pizza but experience long lines because Di Fara is worth it.
2. Halal Guys
Walking in New York City you are going to see halal food carts on every street corner. But one food cart supposedly tastes better than them all, the “Halal Guys”.
The Halal Guys on 53rd & 6th Avenue started off as just a street food cart owned by three partners but has now grown to be a national name. Serving Middle Eastern and Mediterranean fast food including falafel, chicken or lamb gyro over rice The Halal Guys gained popularity over their delicious white sauce. According to their website, The Halal Guys is the #1 Most Yelped business in all of NYC, and in the Top 3 Most Yelped businesses in the entire United States. They have quickly expanded to 25 carts all over the city with restaurants now open in major cities. Yet, their original cart on 53rd street is still a popular tourist stop with lines that last for hours. Another famous New York food The Halal Guys is a quick yet must stop.
3. Artichoke Basille’s Pizza
New York City can just not get enough of pizza. Another famous pizza place in New York you must visit is Artichoke Basille’s Pizza. This pizzeria is known for its creamy and rich classic white sauce slice. Topped with artichoke hearts, spinach-speckled white sauce and a layer of baked Parmesan and mozzarella this slice will make you forget tomato marinara. The slices are so big one is enough to leave your mouth watering and stomach full. Since opening their first store in New York’s East Village in 2008, Artichoke Basille’s Pizza has expanded to 12 locations. We reccomend going to the location on Macdougal Street so you could be your foodie self and check out some near by places.
4. Shake Shack
California has In-N-Out and New York has Shake Shack. Known as one of the best burger chains in the country, Shake Shack has a line for days outside of each of its New York City locations. Not only do they have delicious burgers but tasty milkshakes for you to wash them down with. The original location of the restaurant is in Madison Square Park and you cannot miss it.
5. Katz’s Delicatessan
When traveling you’ll often see signs that say “New York Style Deli” across the country. Without trying an actual New York Deli though how do you know if they are authentic? While most of New York’s old-fashioned deli are gone, Katz’s from 1888 on Houston Street is still in business and still as packed as ever. They are known for their pastrami and corned beef and have appeared in various movies including When Harry Met Sally.
6. Momofuku Ssäm Bar
Located on 2nd Avenue Momofuku Ssäm is famous because of superstar chef David Chang. Although Chang isnt seen much around the kitchen there anymore, the executive chef Max Ng has made a name of his own at the restaruant. The East Village restaurant is known for not only their addicting seafood but other great hits like pork puns. The place is comfortable for big groups and known for both its brunch and dinner options and family style dining available on reservation.
7. Jack’s Wife Freda
Alongside Pizza, New York is known for its famous brunch food places. You cannot visit New York City without stopping somewhere to get brunch and Jack’s Wife Freda is that spot. This lively all day bistro is known for its simple yet mouth watering American-Mediterranean fusion food and classic cocktails. While it hasn’t been around as long as other brunch places, having opened in 2012, Jack’s Wife Freda has gained a great reputation with millenials With popular locations in Soho and the West Village, this is another restaurant you can expect to stand in the line for even with reservations. The restaurant is known for its immigrant love story on how Jack and Freda met like their cultural fusion the restaurant mixes flavors and tastes from two regions. It is a must try brunch hot spot especially for those who love simple yet exciting foods.