17 Most Popular Foods to Eat in New York

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New York, a city that never sleeps. The city is not only known for Niagara Falls, Broadway Musicals, Statue of Liberty, Central Park but also for the variety of food items found here.

17 Most Popular Foods to Eat in New York

1. Pizza

Who hasn’t tried pizza yet? A tasty, cheesy and all-time favourite dish of New York is Pizza. Lunch or dinner, you can have it whenever you want. New York-style pizza is traditionally hand-tossed, consisting in its basic form of a light layer of tomato sauce sprinkled with dry, grated, full-fat mozzarella cheese; additional toppings are placed over the cheese.

2. Gnocchi


Gnocchi is a dumpling made from potatoes, flour and egg yolk along with a sauce of butter, fresh sage leaves, and Parmesan is a classic accompaniment. It has a very subtle flavour and is not the same as pasta, as pasta is made with flour and Gnocchi is made with potatoes. However, it is healthier than Pasta.

3. Nasi lemak


Even though this dish is the traditional dish of Malaysia, you’ll find Nasi lemak at many places in New York. It is fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf, served with anchovies, peanuts, boiled egg, lamb curry, cucumber, and sambal.

4. Ramen


Dining in New York can give you a taste of different places around the globe. Ramen is a Japanese dish made with wheat noodles in a meat or fish-based hot broth and is typically flavoured with soy sauce, miso, or garlic oil and heightened with toppings like sliced pork belly, dried seaweed, bamboo shoots and a soft-boiled egg.

5. Bagels


Another favourite dish of people who visit New York is the bagel, a ring-shaped dough topped with poppy seeds, toasted sesame seeds, dried garlic, dried onion and salt. The dough of the bagel is first boiled and then baked which makes it crispy yet soft.

6. Hot Dogs


A dish found everywhere in New York, hot dogs are made of ground pork, beef or both, these are flavoured sausages with garlic, mustard and nutmeg before being encased, cured, smoked and cooked.

7. Pastrami on Rye

A classic sandwich, perfect for lunch, is made using rye bread, pastrami, corned beef, coleslaw, and Russian dressing.

8. Cheese Cake


Could anything be more creamily delicious? New York cheesecake is known for its simplicity, perfect texture and taste i.e, creamy and perfectly sweetened. A three-layered dessert made with biscuits as the base layer, cream cheese as the second layer and the top layer is usually of some fruit.

9. Knishes


Known by different names around the globe, Knishes are dough balls stuffed with potatoes, cheese, beans or any other stuffing. Usually found in areas with dense Jewish populations.

10. Spumoni


A type of Italian ice cream which you’ll find in New York, it is made with layers of different colours and flavours, usually containing candied fruits and nuts. Spumoni, a tricoloured dessert is made with pistachio, cherry/strawberry and chocolate/vanilla which gives it a reddish-pink combination along with green and brown.

Black and White Cookie

A sponge cake rather than a biscuit, these cookies are found in local bakeries which are half black and half white. These are soft, delectable cookies with vanilla on one side and icing on the other.

12. Hamburger


A type of sandwich which is not only famous in New York, but also in many places around the globe. It consists of a patty made with ground meat along with lettuce, onions and tomatoes placed inside the bread.

13. Fried Chicken ‘n’ Waffle

Fried Chicken ‘n’ Waffle

A must-try dish often served with honey and chilli sauce. A perfect blend of sweet and spicy which if you try once, you’ll want again and again.

14. Falafel


Falafels are patties made with chickpeas and they are eaten with pita bread, mayonnaise, onion, lettuce and other additions. These are really tasty and liked by people of every age group.

15. Grilled Octopus


Food rich in protein, it is made with octopus cooked along with thyme, garlic, peppercorns, olives black pepper and salt. A bit chewy but delicious dish which you can count on anytime.

16. Chocolate Babka


It’s surely worth trying a mouth-watering dessert made with braided dough filled with chocolate.

17. Dumpling


Dumplings are something that you might have tried in different countries- it’s very healthy and lip-smacking. These are dough balls stuffed with meat, cheese, potatoes, fish, chicken or vegetables and then steamed or fried. The best dip along with dumplings is either schezwan sauce or mayonnaise.

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