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Local’s Guide to some of the Best Places to eat in New York City

New York is one of those places where true foodies come to experience some of the best foods in the world. From affordable yet delicious street food to rooftop bars and five-star upscale restaurants, you’ll get it all.

While there are a million amazing places to eat in New York City, here are some of my most loved places to eat that will make you want to try them out too –

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When you think about New York, you almost always think about cheesy thin crust pizzas. But there is more to New York than just pizzas and burgers. Here are a few of our all-time favorite places that I’m sure you’ll love too!

Chick’n Cone –

Enjoy Fork free chicken and waffles with the very innovative and delicious Chick’n Cone! I had first tried this during a food festival in New York City and ever since then, I’m in LOVE with chick n cone.

You get a crispy waffle cone filled with delicious chicken drizzled with your favorite sauce which you basically eat like an ice cream cone! My favorite is their Kick’ Ranch sauce.

Location: Turnstyle Market (11-8 M-F, 11-6 Weekends)

chicken in waffle cone - Chick n Cone

 

Spot Dessert Bar 

This place gives a new spin on desserts with their unique creations. Pictured here is their famous ‘Harvest Cheesecake’ which is shaped in the form of a potted plant. It has layers of berries, soft cheesecake, meringue kisses, crushed Oreos on top and is served with raspberry sorbet and black rose milk tea.

 

Harvest Cheesecake, Spot Dessert Bar, NYC

Their Green tea lava cake and Green Tea-ramisu are also equally fancy looking and delicious.

Location: 13 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

The Halal Guys 

I could’talk about New York food and skip the iconic Halal Guys’ cart. While they have now opened up in other states, the original Halal Guys started in New York City and remain ever so popular even today. 

Whether you order their combo platter or gyro sandwich, once you taste them, you will realize why tourists and New Yorkers stand in long lines just to get a bite out of this delicious street food!

A word of caution – their hot sauce is hot like fire. Have it in really small quantities unless you can handle some real heat!

Location: Multiple locations across New York City and a few other states in the US.

halal guys chicken over ice

 

Omar’s Mediterranean 

I’m a huge fan of the Greek cuisine and have tried a ton of places which serve some really amazing Mediterranean food, but Omar’s somehow has a special place in my heart. By far one of the places to have really delicious and fresh hummus and Shawarma. This place is always bustling with activity and is a hit amongst people who work in corporate offices nearby.

Location: 154 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022 

Cafe Barilla

cafe barilla

When it comes to Italian restaurants in New York, you will be truly spoilt for choice. The reason I have added Cafe Barilla in this list is that it is a casual no-nonsense place that is priced moderately. You can either go for a quick bite here or even choose to hang out with your friends.

Amami Japanese Cocktail Bar

Brooklyn has some amazing restaurants as well as pop up places and while I cannot include all of them in this list, Amami is one of my favorites. The owner and head chef has over 22 years of experience and all the dishes that I tried there were perfection.

Location: 57 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Spicy Tuna Toast –

Spicy Tuna Avocado Toast

 

Whole Live Scallops –

Whole Live Scallops at Amami Cocktail Bar in New York

BonChon Chicken 

If you google ‘best places to eat fried chicken in NYC’ this is one of the places that pops up and well, I have to agree with Google here. Their wings are perfectly crispy on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside. The spicy sauce is kinda really spicy but we normally get the sweet garlic sauce as well to compensate for the spicy ones.

Location: 325 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Wafels and Dinges

wafels and dinges

 

If you love waffles, trust me, Wafels & Dinges is one of the best places to try them out in New York. You can top off your waffles with Nutella, fresh fruits or ice cream. But my favorite is their Spekuloos spread which is basically a Belgian cookie spread that is mind-blowingly delicious!

Location: Herald Square, 102 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

Insomnia Cookies 

If you are craving for some warm delicious cookies with a glass of milk or brownies in the middle of the night, this place is just for you.

What’s so special about Insomnia Cookies? Their cookies are buttery, moist and chewy and the besttttt that I have ever tried! But the best part about them is that they even deliver within the city till 3 am to help cure your ahemm… insomnia with their delicious cookies! They now even ship their cookies anywhere in the US.

My favorites are their Peanut Butter Chip and Double Chocolate Chip cookies.

Location: 237 E 53rd Street New York, NY, 10022

Apart from New York, they also operate in a few other states on the East Coast.

Nutella Bar

If you are a fan of Nutella, you have got to Nutella Bar. From Nutella filled crepes to pastries and ice creams, this is a Nutella Lovers’ paradise.

Location: 200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

Bagatelle 

Saving one of the best for last. Bagatelle located in the Meatpacking district of Manhattan is an upscale French-Mediterranean restaurant. Unlike all the places that are mentioned above,  the food here is pretty costly but their gnocchi is definitely worth trying. It’s utterly butterly delicious that will melt in your mouth instantly.

But if you don’t want to shell out too much money on their food, definitely try out some of their ‘Insta-worthy desserts’  like their Apple Gala or White Pearl. They look so fancy that they are almost too pretty to eat.

Location: 1 Little W 12th St, New York, NY 10014

Apple Gala – Mascarpone mousse, apple filling, white chocolate, sablé Breton, fresh fruit, vanilla ice cream

Apple Gala at Bagatelle

 

White Pearl – Vanilla and white chocolate ganache, blonde caramel, macadamia praline, toasted macadamia

White Pearl - Bagatelle

 

Have you tried any of these places out? If not, you should definitely try to visit some of these places the next time you want to try out something delicious!

What are some of the restaurants that you absolutely love in your city? I would love to know!

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Local’s Guide to the Best Places to eat in New York City - New York is one of those places where true foodies come to experience some of the best foods in the world. From affordable yet delicious street food to rooftop bars and five-star upscale restaurants, you’ll get it all. While there are a million amazing places to eat in New York City, here are some of my most loved places to eat that will make you want to try them out too

 

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