21 Things You Must Eat in NYC Before You Die
Your official checklist
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.
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
Cheesecake at Junior’s
Sure, it’s totally touristy, but there’s a reason this creamy, not-too-sweet cheesecake has been an NYC must-have since 1950.
386 Flatbush Ave. Extension (at Dekalb Ave.), Brooklyn; 718-852-5257 or juniorscheesecake.com
Bagel with Lox at Russ & Daughters
If you can even get a number at this shop, order an everything with lox and scallion cream cheese. It’s life changing.
179 E. Houston St. (at Orchard St.); 212-475-4880 or russanddaughters.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
Pastrami on Rye at Katz’s Delicatessen
This sammy will set you back about a million dollars (OK, $20), but it’s twice as big as your apartment. Definitely worth getting at least once.
205 E. Houston St. (at Ludlow St.); 212-254-2246 or katzsdelicatessen.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
Manhattan Clam Chowder at Oyster Bar
History lesson: This tomatoey version is nothing like the creamy New England-style chowder, but it’s been served in Grand Central Station for nearly 100 years.
89 E. 42nd St. (at Park Ave.); 212-490-6650 or oysterbarny.com
Potato and Cheese Pierogies at Veselka
Best of all, you can get them 24 hours a day, fried or boiled.
144 Second Ave. (at Ninth St.); 212-228-9682 or veselka.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
The Salty Pimp from Big Gay Ice Cream
It's just not summer until you’ve had one of these bad boys.
Two locations in Manhattan; 212-414-0222 or biggayicecream.com
Macaroni and Cheese at Root and Bone
…And it’s just not winter until you’ve had a bowl of this.
200 E. Third St. (at Ave. B); 646-682-7076 or rootnbone.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