Because we love good food, we always do lots of research before we travel to a new place. Urbanspoon (now Zomato), TripAdvisor, and Yelp are usually the top three that we use for research (as well as asking any locals in the area that we know). I’ll type in the city we’re going, the type of food we’re wanting, the price point we’re trying to stay around, and then start going through page after page of the top recommendations. I’ll pick out all the ones that sound best to me and then I’ll cross reference my lists from each website. This process takes a little bit of time, but so far it has yet to lead us astray. This is how we’re always sure to get a taste of the best a city has to offer and all thanks to hundreds of other people who have left reviews.
We ate at a lot of places in NYC, but this list is of our favorite New York Style foods. From bagels to hot dogs to pizza! 🙂
99 Cent Pizza
Yes, there is such a thing as pizza for a dollar. We saw several of these places around the city, but Serious Eats led us here for a little snack in Times Square before our Broadway show. So in we went. We split this greasy slice of pepperoni pizza and it was delicious. Not the best pizza in NYC by any means, but for the price – it was a winner!
Bleecker Street Pizza
The best New York style pizza award goes to Bleecker Street pizza. It was phenomenal. This picture just doesn’t do it justice. It was perfect NY style pizza with the perfectly foldable crust and deliciousness in every bite! I wish we’d been more hungry when we arrived because we only split a piece of pizza here as well. But it was amazing! Keste was still my favorite place we ate in NYC, but it’s a different type of pizza. Bleecker St Pizza is all about the NY style slices. And they are amazing. I can’t recommend them enough!
Hot dogs aren’t high on my list of favorite foods, but we felt strongly that while in NYC, we had to try their hot dogs. So research sent us here. The hot dogs are on the small side, but considering how cheap they are – it just means you need to get two! 😉 I tried their chili-cheese dog and just a regular one. I enjoyed them both!
Street Food Hot Dogs
On our last day in NYC we were headed back to our hotel to pick up our bags when we realized that we didn’t have time to stop and eat lunch somewhere. So we stopped at the first food cart we saw and I got a chili dog and Christopher got a pretzel. His pretzel was just okay, but my chili dog was ah-mazing. No joke. I had no idea it would be so good from just some random street vendor whose cart looks identical to every other hot dog stand we passed. But it was! I literally stopped at the next cart I saw and bought another chili dog because it was so good! Ha! Also, in NYC… chili dogs come with spicy mustard. It seemed like a strange combo to me, but after trying it, I’m sold!
While I usually do most of the food research for our trips, Christopher does the coffee research because he’s the coffee
snob connoisseur. 😉 We went to several different coffee shops during our time in NYC, but this one was by far his favorite. Not just his favorite in NY, but one of his favorites ever. Which is high praise. So if you’re craving good coffee in the big city – Cafe Grumpy is your place! Oh, and the logo… perfect for a coffee shop. 😉
And of course we couldn’t go to NYC without trying their bagels. We tried a couple of different ones, but these were our favorites (a spot called Hot & Crusty was a close second, though). The one thing that really surprised us about bagels in NYC is that if you order them with cream cheese, they come with a 1/2″ to 1″ thick cream cheese middle. It’s a pretty intense amount of cream cheese for those of us who are used to just a taste of a thin layer. I honestly ended up scraping off most of the cream cheese so I could actually taste the bagel. 😉 But! The bagels themselves were amazing!
How do you decide where to eat when you travel?
If you’ve been to NYC, what was your favorite place you ate?