24 Hrs in NYC
For the Food Enthusiast
By: Megan Schill

Cab drivers honk, tourists gawk at the massive billboards along Times Square and business men and women grab slices of thin crust, New York style pizza on their lunch breaks throughout bustling New York City. While the city that never sleeps is one of the biggest travel destinations in the world for art, architecture, and culture, it is also one of the best places to eat. With 76 Michelin starred restaurants, world-class food trucks, famous delis and food carts on every corner, New York truly has food to please every palate.

Chicago may have deep dish pizza, but New York pizzerias have been perfecting their thin-crusted craft for decades. Motorino Pizza in the East Village has Neapolitan-style pies just like your Italian grandma used to make, with delectable toppings like margherita and brussels sprouts or prosciutto de parma. Co. has a more communal style and serves people at cafeteria style shared tables in Chelsea. The restaurant was started by Jim Lahey, the man who made homemade bread simple with his no-kneed recipe. For a more traditional experience, stop by John's Pizza on Bleeker Street for brick-oven pizzas.

Another New York classic is the bagel, whether eaten toasted with cream cheese or as the bun on a breakfast sandwich. Russ & Daughters have well-known lox sandwiches that are exceptional in part due to their signature scallion cream cheese. This location has been open for more than 100 years and always has a line out the door. Absolute Bagels is another classic, with heavy, chewy bagels shaped by hand that will have you getting in line for another before you finish the first.
Junior's Cheesecake
No trip to New York would be complete without stopping by a traditional Jewish Deli for lunch. Barney Greengrass on the Upper West Side is cash only but has some of the best rye bread sandwiches in the city. Black and white cookies, rice pudding and rugelach are great for desert as well. Liebman's in the Bronx has been a staple since 1953, with slow roasted hot dogs, fresh sliced pastrami, potato latkes and dill pickles that you'll be craving long after you leave.

For another, truly local experience, you could also grab a hot dog from any of the street carts throughout the city. These all beef dog vendors have to meet health inspection standards equal to brick and mortar restaurants, and dogs are served with a selection of condiments, including sauerkraut, relish, mustards, ketchup and more. The Halal guys have similar street carts but serve delectable spit-roasted lamb over basmati rice with a white sauce that makes the entire meal.

For a more upscale dining experience, there are 76 Michelin-starred restaurants in the city, with five of those having the maximum three Michelin stars. While the most expensive restaurants like Masa will cost between $400 and $750 for a 26-course meal, New York is also home to Tim Ho Wan, the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant in the world.

Atera in TriBeCa has multi-course American menus in a cozy setting with countertop seating, while Blanca is located in the space that used to house Roberta's Pizza in Bushwick. Upscale New Zealand food can be sampled in the Musket Room on Elizabeth Street, and Uncle Boon's is a modern Thai restaurant located underground in Nolita where you can get one of the cheapest Michelin-starred meals in the world.
For variety, join the 20,000 to 30,000 people in Brooklyn every weekend to sample food from more than 100 vendors at Smorgasburg, the largest outdoor food market in the United States. The market was only started in 2011 and has been christened "The Woodstock of Eating" by The New York Times. Visitors can try Indian flatbread tacos, Italian street snacks, passion fruit doughnuts, craft beer, homemade ice-cream, Ethiopian dishes, roasted portabello burgers and more. The market moves indoors during the winter though, so be sure to check the website before going.

Coffee is a must in the city that never sleeps, with local coffee roasters on almost every corner. Abraço in the East Village is a local favorite and serves what many describe as New York's best latte. Happy Bones in Little Italy has local art on the whitewashed exposed brick walls to compliment their signature Flat White, and Birch is another local favorite, with locations throughout the city. These coffeehouses have cozy furniture and tons of space so people can sit and work while they sip their coffee.

For dessert, it's hard to go wrong with the city's classic New York cheesecake. Junior's is the best place to grab a slice. They've been serving this rich desert with fresh fruit, fruit purees and other sweet toppings for more than 65 years and are still hard to beat if you're looking for an unforgettable sweet treat.

Whether you want casual street food, a deli pastrami and rye sandwich, Michelin starred food or a cup of joe, New York is the ultimate foodie destination.

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