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New York is famous for being a melting pot of cultures. Fortunately, residents and visitors can experience those cultures through the wide variety of amazing food.

It’s safe to say that of all the foods New York has to offer, there are some city staples. Here’s a list of New York foods worth trying, whether someone is passing through or there to stay.


Everyone’s heard of a New York-style bagel. In fact, most people around the world appreciate them more than traditional bagels but don’t have regular access to them. Luckily, New York is full of them. These big, soft yet crispy bagels are great with cream cheese, as a sandwich, or even as a burger bun. Whether it’s a plain bagel or an everything, New York is the place to bagel experiment.

My fan favorite is H&H Bagels with its 50-year history.

Pastrami Sandwich

In the words of the New York legend George Costanza, pastrami is the most sensual of all the salted, cured meats. Although he was a fictional character, New Yorkers truly rave about this city’s pastrami sandwiches.

Pastrami sandwiches are an essential part of the New York way of life. With numerous delicatessens around the city, finding a quality pastrami sandwich shouldn’t be too hard to locate.

My fan favorite is Katz’s Deli on the lower east side of Manhattan with its 135-year history.


How could there be a New York food list without pizza? New York-style pizza has been the topic of many debates, and for a good reason. The hand-tossed, huge slices are something that visitors of all ages can appreciate. New York-style pizza embodies the beauty that comes with people of different cultures settling in the city that never sleeps.

My fan favorite is Pizza Suprema on the lower east side of Manhattan with its 60-year history.

Hot Dogs

Speaking of classic foods created by immigrants, it’s hard to go to New York without getting a hot dog. From street carts to famous stands like Gray’s Papayas, everyone can enjoy one of the world’s favorite dogs.

New York is one of the most popular places in the world. With such great power comes the greater responsibility of having great food. Whether someone’s on a family vacation or looking for a forever home, they’ll definitely have the opportunity to find their favorite food, even in the middle of the night.    


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