There is a right and wrong way to eat New York pizza
Don’t let us catch you with a fork and knife! We get down and dirty here, so use your hands. Fold, and enjoy.
Speaking of pizza…
Don’t discount those dollar slices that you see all over Manhattan. They may not look like much, but if you strike it right, you may just be rewarded with one of the best pizzas you’ve ever tasted.
One word: bagel
You simply cannot call yourself a New Yorker if you don’t indulge in one of the city’s greatest culinary feats. Bagels are an integral part of the NYC diet – they’re fast, easy to carry, and they taste absolutely amazing with just about anything and everything on them.
Don’t ignore those food trucks!
In many cities, food trucks have a bad reputation; they look a bit sketchy and the food seems questionable. It’s time to put those stigmas to bed. From Wafels and Dinges to Nuchas and the Halal Guys, these well-established food trucks may be your new favorite lunch spots.
However, be wary of those hotdogs…
…Proceed with caution – it is mystery meat, after all.
Never judge a bodega by its awning
The best bacon, egg, and cheeses come out of our bodegas, so it’s not always necessary to sit down at a formal restaurant for a meal. Cheap and convenient, that local bodega (a small, corner grocery store generally specializing in Hispanic goods) is likely to become your go-to for just about everything.
Take advantage of those street snacks
If you’ve ever walked down a New York City street, you’ve probably encountered the delicious aromas of honey-roasted nuts and gigantic, salty pretzels. Your first instinct may be to ignore those sweet scents, but we strongly recommend that you give them a chance.
Long day? Get it delivered!
Rain or shine, you can get almost anything delivered. Whatever cuisine you’re in the mood for, you can enjoy it from the comfort of your couch in your PJs. You can even get your booze delivered. Not sure where to begin? Check out some of these local apps.
Not all the best food is in Manhattan
Head to Flushing, Queens for some of the best, no-nonsense Asian cuisine.
With few exceptions, it’s expensive to eat and drink in NYC
If you’re planning a visit to NYC, be prepared to spend a pretty penny. You don’t have to dine at our Michelin-star restaurants to experience sticker shock – this is simply an expensive city. You’ve been warned.
Err on the side of caution and make reservations
You can’t live here without dining out. That said, certain spots require a reservation. It never hurts to secure a table – who has time for lines?
Straight As only
Ever noticed those giant As, Bs, and Cs in restaurant windows? If not, you may want to start paying attention. These are the letter grades that every restaurant receives from the Department of Health, and they let diners know how sanitary the restaurant is. If you don’t see an A in the window, enter at your own risk.
You can’t beat the classics
You simply cannot leave the city without indulging in a slice of New York cheesecake. Head to Junior’s for some of the best. Although any diner worth its salt should be a pretty safe bet.
Never fear if it’s 2am and you’re hungry
The beautiful thing about ‘The City That Never Sleeps’ is precisely that. We’re always awake, which means that no matter the hour, something will be open. From cookies to burgers, you’re bound to satisfy that craving.
Brunch is an unspoken rule
If you’re a New Yorker, you brunch on the weekend. It’s what you do. It’s a right of passage. Follow the rules.
Brunches are meant to be boozy
Bloody Marys and mimosas are as integral to brunch as an omelet or French toast. So be sure to order one (or two, or three…who’s counting?) as a necessary accompaniment.
We all need a hero
When you order a sandwich in NYC, it’s got to be a hero. Not a foot-long; not a sammie; not a sub; a hero.
Party like it’s 1920
Speakeasies were created during the age of Prohibition in the 1920s. Although the alcohol ban was lifted around 1933, those bars that hid in the dark corners of restaurants still remain. And, they’re more fun than ever. You may need to seek them out, but we highly recommend that you do.
Know your favorite bars
Not all bars were created equal, so it’s important to compile a list of go-to places. Know your favorites in each neighborhood, and even categorize them by the vibe you’re after.
Know your happy hours
This city is expensive, so take advantage of those deals.