Top 10 Food Delicacies Of New York

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New York is the dream city for most of us. There is plenty of sightseeing to do in the Big Apple, but other than that, the city serves some of the most delicious food. The city is always bustling with people either busy working, studying or simply having fun. Most New Yorkers do not even have time to sit themselves down for a proper meal. Eating out is almost like a sport in the city, which is why the city has some of the best restaurants in the country. So, we have you brought a list of the top 10 best dishes you might want to check out if New York falls in your bucket list of holiday destinations


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The dish was brought into New York by Eastern Jewish immigrants in the early 19th century. The dough is first hand-rolled and then boiled before finally baking it with a hole in the middle, shiny on the outside with a soft and chewy interior. The secret to the bagel’s delicious taste is the New York water in which it is boiled. The water tastes so good that it is often referred to as the “champagne of drinking water”. 

Coal Oven Pizza

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New York is famous for many iconic dishes, but we all know that we would choose pizza over anything else any given day. Southern Italy inspired the New York-style pizza. It is baked inside a coal oven and has a hand-tossed crust thick along the edges but soft beneath the toppings. The pizza is cut into wide slices to fold while eating it in the typical New York style. You can find cheap and tasty pizza for around a dollar at 99 Cent Fresh Pizza in the city. 


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Pastrami on rye sandwich is one of the most iconic and delectable dishes of New York. It is another dish brought by the Jewish immigrants and is mostly sold in the Jewish kosher delicatessens of the city. The best pastrami sandwich is served by a Jewish deli known as Katz’s Delicatessen. The dish is served with yellow mustard on a pile of beef pastrami and freshly baked rye bread, a must-eat dish in NYC. 

New York Style Cheesecake

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Just one piece of a traditional cheesecake is so good that it is enough to brighten your day. However, a New York Style cheesecake is different from regular cheesecake. It is more indulgent and larger than its traditional cousin. It is baked with extra cream cheese, cream and egg yolks, making it larger, creamier, and much richer in taste. It is so good that it melts in your mouth. 

Hot Dog

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Hot dogs are a classic and common snack that is sold all over New York. You can find it in a fancy deli, or many of the carts lined up on the city’s street. They are as common in the town as its yellow taxis. The sausages are Frankfurter style made of ground beef or pork that has been seasoned nutmeg, garlic and mustard. The Original Nathan’s Famous Frankfurters in Brooklyn is one of the oldest and the best places to get a good garlicky hot dog in the city. 

Ropa Viejas and plantains

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This dish is a Cuban stew prepared from a slow-cooked shredded tender beef cooked in vinegar and chillies and peppers. The stew is eaten with yellow rice, plantains and Caribbean black beans. This dish is most popular among Cuban Americans and is considered comfort food since it is a recipe that has been passed down to Cuban families for generations. 


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This is another dish brought in by the Eastern European immigrants, and the name of the dish is derived from a Yiddish word which means dumpling. It is a classic dish and something that you must try. A typical New York knish is made of thick and dense dough, and the stuffing is mostly prepared using a potato with brown mustard, and the dumpling is either stir grilled, baked or deep-fried. The stuffing can also be made of mushrooms, spinach and other vegetables. This dish can most commonly be found on carts from the streets of Brooklyn to the Bronx and Jewish delis and butcher shops. 

General Tso’s Chicken 

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As the name suggests, it is a Chinese dish created by Chinese-born Peng Chang-Kuei which was brought into New York during the 1970s. It is the perfect example of Chinese-American cuisine. It is made of chicken battered and then coated with a sweet and rich sauce of garlic, chilli, and peppers and topped with sesame seeds. It is the perfect take-out for a tiring day. 

Fiery Cocktails

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Food is not all New York is about; the city also serves the best when it comes to drinks. Fiery cocktails are prepared by setting your drink on fire. However, it is not just that. An experienced mixologist can use all the elements to enhance the taste of your drink. The Honeywell is a bar in Broadway, New York, that does it best. Their most popular drink is the Disco Inferno, a mixture of rum, beer, agave, and olive oils topped with cinnamon torched cocoa butter. 


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Loosely translated to English, Gnocchi means “little pillows of heaven”, and they sure live up to their name. The dish is a common part of Italian cuisine. It is prepared dough kneaded with egg, semolina, wheat flour, cheese, potato, cornmeal and other herbs and vegetables, which is then made into small dumplings that look like pillows, hence the name. The dumplings are tender and light and can be served with a variety of sauces.