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Classic New York City Foods

Don't miss out on these delicious must-eat foods during your visit!


New York City is one of the culinary capitals of the world -- making it a popular destination for foodies. We've put together a list of classic New York City foods and experiences to try when you visit!

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1. New York City Bagels

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Not only are bagels a quintessential New York City food, bagels are also a fast affordable and filling choice for breakfast, lunch or even a snack. You might be surprised to discover that most bagel shops in NYC don't toast them, but a fresh bagel doesn't need to be toasted to be delicious.

2. Black & White Cookies

Zaro's Black and White Cookie
Dan Cross
A great Black and White Cookie is worth seeking out. Ideally the cookies texture is somewhere in between a cookie and a cake, and half is frosted with chocolate icing and half is frosted with white icing with a hint of citrus.

Where to get a Black and White Cookie in New York City:

3. New York City Pizza

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New York City has fantastic pizza. Even a random slice pizza on the go ere tends to be a cut above, but to have a really amazing "Only in New York" experience, try out one of our recommended New York City Pizzerias.

4. Deli Sandwich

Second Avenue Deli Sandwich
Heather Cross
If you cant decide between corned beef or pastrami on rye, you can almost always have a sandwich that is half and half at a New York City deli. The most authentic deli sandwiches will be served on rye with only mustard, but you can have yours customized to include your favorite condiments. Don't forget to enjoy half or full sour pickles alongside your sandwich.

5. New York Style Cheesecake

New York Style Cheesecake
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New York Style Cheesecake is rich and creamy, most often with a graham cracker crust and different than Italian style cheesecake, in that it has a denser texture from cream cheese, while the Italian style cheesecake tends to be lighter because it uses ricotta.

Recommended New York style Cheesecakes:

6. Tasting Menu

New York City has some fantastic restaurants, and one of the most wonderful ways to experience a top-notch restaurant is to surrender yourself to the chef with a tasting menu. Most of the time, they will happily accommodate allergies/food preferences but call ahead if you're concerned.

Recommended Restaurants Offering Tasting Menus

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