Where to eat in New York City.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

I think everyone knows that there is an abundance of food to eat in New York, its a massive melting pot of cuisines and there literally is something for everyone. I read about a few well-known places to eat before we went and added them to our list, but the beauty of the city is that you can wander round and find somewhere really easily. Here are some of my reccomendations for places to check out:

Katz's Deli

205 East Houston Street (corner of Ludlow St)
New York City, 10002

Take the F train to Delancy/Essex St Station.

This was the setting for that scene in When Harry Met Sally, Katz's Deli is one of New York's treasures, situated in the Lower East Side the sandwiches they create are nothing short of incredible. The whole visit was a super interesting experience for us, your given a ticket upon entry and ushered along to the counter where you give your order to the awaiting deli man who slices up some of your chosen meat for you to sample whilst he assembles your sandwich, he scribbles your order on the ticket then you're challenged with squeezing into a table amongst others enjoying their food, it was super busy when we went (and by the looks of it always is) but that just served to make the experience all the more exciting. We decided to share a Pastrami and Rye with Swiss cheese and mustard, order all of the pickles even if you're not sure, they go perfectly.


328 Lenox Ave New York, 
NY 10027 

Get the 4, 5 or 6 train to 103rd street and walk a few blocks to 106th

Founded in 1962 by Sylvia Woods known as the "queen of soul food." Sylvias restaurant has been located in Harlem since then and has grown in size over the past few years. They serve up home style southern soul food such as fried chicken, gumbo and mac and cheese. Again because of the huge portions we shared a plate of the fried chicken with sides of mac and cheese, potato salad and collard greens. You also get a generous helping of home-made corn bread which was the most delicious thing I've ever tasted. Service is really great here and our waiter was lovely, constantly making sure we were happy with things, topping up our iced water and bringing us an extra plate so we could share (probably not something they're asked very often.)

Nathans Famous

1310 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, 
NY 11224, United States

Take the D train to Coney Island/Stillwell Av

Another New York institution if you happen to find yourself out in Coney Island (which I can totally recommend) grab a seat on the boardwalk and chow down on a Nathans Famous hot dog, make sure to get the delicious crinkle cut fries to go with it but exercise caution when ordering a 'large' drink because its about 3 litres! We got a chilli cheese dog and a bacon and cheese dog. Both as delicious and gooey as each other. 

Shake Shack

Various locations around the city

Being a chain fast food restaurant doesn't always mean its bad food, which is definitely the case for Shake Shack. Gourment burgers and hot dogs are their fare and boy are they delicious! I went for the double stack burger which was a beef patty and a breaded mushroom with the shack sauce and cheese. I was quite surprised at their small appearance, everything seems to be XXL in America but don't let appearances fool you, its really filling! Try one of the shakes from their namesake too, I got peanut butter the perfect accompaniment. The really interesting thing about this was they are a dog friendly restaurant, even serving doggy treats for our four legged friends to enjoy whilst we eat!

Jacques Torres

Locations around the city

Jacques Torres is a gourment chocolate shop and in some of the locations you can watch the chocolate being made. The best thing about this store is the hot chocolate, made with real chocolate not powder,  go and get one you won't regret it!


200 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10010

Ride the N or R train to W23rd Street. 

Eataly was another really interesting concept for a dining experience, described as a high-end Italian food and wine marketplace containing 4 different restaurants who all use the ingredients sold within the market hall. Its a little more expensive than other places to eat within New York but we went on our last night there as a treat, and you can really tell the freshness of the food. It was nice to eat something not quite as 'heavy' as what we'd eaten previously and getting to wander round the market before the meal for inspiration was great too. Its right next to the Flatiron building so you can get some sightseeing in as well.

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