If you’re a foodie you’ve come to the right place. From excellent Mexican to mouth-watering Italian and authentic eastern European cuisine, New York is a veritable smorgasbord of fabulous flavours.
Have your mind blown with a trip to Eataly, an enormous Italian “marketplace” in the heart of Manhattan with an array of different little dining sections. The displays of cakes, meats, cheeses and fresh pastas will have you abandoning your diet in a heartbeat.
No trip to New York would be complete without a bagel with smoked salmon and cream cheese (try the classic Russ & Daughters) and a pastrami and rye from Katz’s Deli. A word to the wise, you might like to share one with a friend. They are as big as your head.
If you find yourself in the NoLita/SoHo area be sure to check out Café Gitane, which is something of an institution, especially for lunch or brunch.
Good Ukranian food is an absolute joy and New York is home to some excellent eastern European dining. A great place to indulge in traditional dishes such as pierogi and borscht is Veselka in the East Village. It’s open 24 hours and is something of an institution (the people watching is top notch).
Other fan favourites are the Momofuku group of restaurants (pork buns at their Noodle Bar and decadent desserts at the Milk Bar), The Spotted Pig for some innovative British “pub” fare and Il Buco for world-class Italian. Café Habana has the most amazing grilled corn, Cuban sandwiches and cocktails.
Speaking of which, if you find yourself in Brooklyn around sunset head to the top-floor bar at they Wythe Hotel and enjoy the excellent views back over to Manhattan.