The Food Report: 12 Things to Eat in New York

The Food Report: 12 Things to Eat in New York

We ate at all sorts of places in New York and loads of them were awesome so I wanted to share them with you!

You can see some of them in my earlier posts about our first week and second week in New York but I wanted to share a last list of places that we thought were worth checking out if you’re planning a trip.

Num Pang – We actually stumbled upon Num Pang on our second day in the city and it turned out to be quite the institution. They do incredible Cambodian sandwiches but my favourite thing was the Seasonal Veg Rice Bowl with Jasmine Rice. The rice was slightly sticky and super flavourful, the veg deliciously roasted with lots of variety (the cauliflower, oh my gosh!) and everything topped with a chilli, yoghurt and chive lime vinaigrette. Ask for extra sauce for an extra awesome bowl and get a Cambodian Iced Coffee – you will not regret it!

Jams – I mentioned this one before, but it really is an excellent brunch! I recommend booking online to be sure that you can book a table. I booked only an hour in advance but when we arrived there were people waiting for tables so it was a good move!

BONMi – Awesome Vietnamese sandwiches and salad, with excellent iced coffee. We found this when we were looking for Vietnamese food that was a short walk from where we had been relaxing in Central Park.

City Kitchen – For our last few days we stayed at The Row on 8th Avenue and took full advantage of our proximity to City Kitchen. This is a fun, market-style eatery with lots of options to choose from. It’s fun because you can enjoy a meal together whilst eating different foods depending on your cravings – it has something for everyone. I would especially recommend the veggie burger from Whitmans, the tacos from Gabriela’s and the Lebanese Garden Salad at ilili Box. We also had an incredible doughnut from Dough. We didn’t actually try them until we got to Boston but the Lobster Roll from Luke’s is exceptional.

Pick a Bagel – Of course, there are hundreds of bagel shops in New York and I’m sure that New Yorkers have strong opinions about the best places to go! This bagel shop just happened to be one we found close to our hotel when we needed to fuel up before hitting the shops. The bagels were well filled and the fresh orange juice was an excellent morning refresher.

Dig Inn – We became a little bit obsessed with the veg bowl style of eating in New York because there were lots of places to try and it’s a great way to get some really healthy, delicious food. The Dig Inn we went to was a little confusing as there was no list of options/how to order, etc. but we went with it and ended up with delicious bowls. The tofu, roasted carrots, and chimichurri were particularly good.

Mulberry and Vine – Another great spot for veg bowls which we discovered through Uber Eats when we were in need of late night work sustenance. Get the tofu – it’s life-changing.

Haru Sushi – I’ve mentioned this before but get the Lobster Tacos, the Hell’s Kitchen roll and a bottle of Hitachino Nest White Ale – you won’t be disappointed! We also tried the veggie sushi which was fab because it included inari which is one of my favourite things.

Momofuku Milk Bar – Another one that I’ve mentioned before but do not miss out on this dessert heaven. Try the cereal milk ice cream or, even better, get the crack pie milkquake. Take your treats for a walk up 5th Avenue.

Il Picolo Bufalo – There is a lot of great pizza in New York, but this is in Little Italy, has amazing reviews and a super fun atmosphere. Get the “Doc” Margherita (one is enough to share) and a Peroni to wash it down.

The Peninsula – This one is a bit of a special mention because we were staying there, but the room service was great and we also ate in The Gotham Lounge which was really good. I had the Upstate Harvest Bowl which had incredible fermented cauliflower and Joseph had great things to say about the Steak Frites. We had a great bottle of Riesling but the wine list was extensive and well thought out. A special commendation for the Source sparkling water that is stocked at The Peninsula – it’s from a spring in Wales and is amazingly delicious!

Chickalicious – Dough’ssants, cookies, and great ice cream. Get the crème brûlée dough’ssant if they have it.

This is just a fraction of the culinary options in New York and honestly at no point were we disappointed with any of our meals. You can usually find what you’re craving just around the corner. We used Yelp a lot to help us find well-reviewed places that were close by.

I hope you find some of these helpful – let me know your top food destinations in New York in the comments!

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