Fact: There are 8.2 gazillion things to eat in New York City, but not all bites are created equal (we’re looking at you, soggy dollar-slice pizza). Presenting the 21 things every New Yorker should eat at least once in her lifetime.
21 Things You Must Eat in NYC Before You Die
Your official checklist
Hibiscus Doughnut At Dough Doughnuts
It’s tangy, it’s sweet and it’s the most Instagrammable food in NYC.
Locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan; 347-533-7544 or doughdoughnuts.com
Ricotta Gnudi At The Spotted Pig
Grab some bread to eat with these airy pillows of deliciousness--mopping up the mind-blowing sauce is half the fun.
314 W. 11th St. (at Greenwich St.); 212-620-0393 or thespottedpig.com
Fried Chicken Sandwich At Fuku
You’ve got the crispiness of the chicken, the soft doughiness of the bun and the crunchiness of the pickles. Is there a better sandwich on earth? (No. The answer is no.)
163 First Ave. (at Tenth St.); fuku.momofuku.com
Chocolate Babka At Breads Bakery
This Eastern European Jewish cake became an NYC staple in part thanks to Seinfeld. Whatever you do, don’t get cinnamon.
Three locations in Manhattan; 212-533-2253 or breadsbakery.com
Old-school Pizza At Di Fara
You’ll have to travel to the ends of the earth and wait all afternoon for this delicately handcrafted pie, so just go with it and make a day of it.
1424 Ave. J (at E. 15th St.), Brooklyn; 718-258-1367 or difara.com
New-school Pizza At Roberta's
Try the Bee Sting, a sweet, spicy and salty combo of pepperoni, honey and chili flakes. It’s not traditional, but it’s becoming a new classic.
261 Moore St. (at Bogart St.), Brooklyn; 718-417-1118 or robertaspizza.com
Falafel At Mamoun's
Whether you go with a platter or sandwich, you can’t go wrong. These fried balls just can’t be beat.
Two locations in Manhattan; mamouns.com
Lobster Newburg At Delmonico's
This tasty lobster in cream sauce was originally introduced to Charles Delmonico in the 1870s by a wealthy sea captain. Sir, we’re forever in your debt.
56 Beaver St. (at S. William St.); 212-509-1144 or delmonicosrestaurant.com
Chicken And Waffles At Buttermilk Channel
It’s Beyoncé’s favorite place to go for brunch. Need we say more?
524 Court St. (at Huntington St.), Brooklyn; 718-852-8490 or buttermlikchannelnyc.com
The Black Label Burger At Minetta Tavern
It’s drenched in clarified butter, so you know it’s good.
113 MacDougal St. (at Minetta Ln.); 212-475-3850 or minettatavernny.com
Grilled Cheese At Beecher's Handmade Cheese
You can get it any way you like it (even with mac and cheese inside), but we recommend keeping it simple with Beecher’s Flagship cheddar.
900 Broadway (at 20th St.); 212-466-3340 or beechershandmadecheese.com
Akamaru Modern At Ippudo Ny
The combo of melty red miso and garlic oil in this ramen bowl is addictive. Slurping is highly encouraged.
65 Fourth Ave. (at Tenth St.); 212-388-0088 or ippudony.com