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Where to eat in New York City

February 12, 2015

New York camera 411Coming up to two years ago, I went to New York City with my best friend. Like any sane person, I fell in love with the place and am now one of those annoying NYC preaching converts. But only because you actually do HAVE to go. And when you do, you should take me.

My best friend is a huge foodie, just like me. Another Food Technology teacher in fact. It’s safe to say most all of the trip revolved around food. Lists were constructed and restaurant bookings were made all before we left Sydney. Mainly based around SATC filming locations. Duh. We were going to eat our way through NYC. And we did.

I have been feeling lots of feels about my lack of travel lately. So, I looked through my snaps and threw together a list of where to eat in New York City. Now I’m feeling a little bit better. Enjoy.

1. Gray’s Papaya – 2090 Broadway, New York, NY


If hot dogs are your thang, this is where you should go. Don’t bother with the little carts on every street corner, this place has the goods. For a dollar. You cannot go wrong!

2. The Spotted Pig- 314 W 11th St @ Greenwich St, New York, NY


I have to say that this was the best meal of my life. The Blue Cheese Burger with Rosemary Garlic Fries was like nothing I had ever eaten before. The devilled eggs were also FREAKING AMAZING. If you’re game, try the pig’s ear salad. We didn’t, but had food envy when the table next to ours did!

3. Chelsea Market- 75 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011



We ate at lots of places in Chelsea Market. It’s like a huge food emporium with plenty of great eats. Buddakan {where Carrie and Big held their engagement party}, Nom Pang Sandwiches and Ruthy’s {for the peanut butter milkshake} were all great. Los Tacos deserves an honourable mention as the best mexican of my life. Pickled Pineapple guys!

4. Momofuku Noodle Bar + Milk Bar- 171 1st Avenue, New York, NY & 251 e 13th st, New York, NY

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I’d never had Ramen before the trip but fell in love. The perfectly cooked pork and noodles were still totally delicious, even on the hottest of NYC days. Likewise, the pork buns were insane. Why can’t I cook pork like that? Ugh. Walk around the corner to the dessert bar and get yoself some crack pie. Then have no regrets. None.

5. Shake Shack-Southeast corner of Madison Square Park near Madison Ave, New York, NY

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This was the first stop for us in NYC. I’m talking we dumped bags then walked to Shake Shack. We had heard so many things about it and it definitely lived up to the expectations. We had the corn dog on the 4th of July at the Shake Shack on the Upper West Side location like any true New Yorker would have and it was love.

6. Katz’s Deli- 205 East Houston Street, New York, NY

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I think this was probably the second best meal of my life. Accept no imitations, Katz’s is the place to go for a pastrami on rye. The place made you feel like you were in the true New York. Please don’t leave there without trying it, OK?

7. Smorgusburg Brooklyn- East River State Park, Brooklyn, NY


This had to be one of the hottest days we experienced in New York, but there is nothing I won’t do for a Mac and Cheese Bar, so we went anyway. We also had plenty of delicious drinks, schnitzel and slaw and some doughnuts. The place was absolutely bustling and so worth the subway ride. As is the rest of Brooklyn!

Some other places worth checking out are People’s Pops, Eataly and Joe’s Shanghai. We found the entire city if FULL of so much good food, it’s pretty hard to go wrong. Except that guy selling papaya in plastic bags on the corner. Not sure about him.

Tell me, have you been to NYC? What are your favourite eats?


8 thoughts on “Where to eat in New York City

  1. Nicole - Champagne and Chips

    Oh man, those shoestring fries!
    I spent three weeks in New York in 2009. It feels like a lifetime ago. It kinda was, life has become a whole lot different (and a fair bit harder) since then. I just loved all the diners and giant milkshakes- Americans do the best milkshakes. I also adored Bryant park and would often pick up much from a nearby grocer/deli and spend an hour people-watching and writing in the park.
    I love New York so hard. I hope I get to go back someday 🙂

  2. jac

    Never been to New York but hope to get there in the next year or so. Momofuku and Katz deli are high on my long list of places I must eat at when there ..

  3. Justine Kajtar

    Erin, I’m about to land in LAX, and then onto NYC! Thank you so much for this! I absolutely LOVED your “do” and “don’t” list in your other NYC post.


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