The International Foodie’s Mini-Guide To New York City

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When it comes to eating food from all over the world, nowhere can beat New York City. You will find food from every corner of the globe here, allowing you to satisfy your tastebuds, whatever you are craving for. However, the choice can sometimes be overwhelming, so here’s a guide to some of the best places to eat depending on the type of cuisine you are seeking:

Italian

Italian restaurants abound in New York, and choosing one above all the others is almost an impossible task. However, one that stands out is Dominick’s, which is located at 2335 Arthur Avenue. This classic Italian restaurant has been open for over 50 years, and you will find an authentic Italian experience when you visit. The dishes are cooked to perfection and the portions are huge, so make sure you go on an empty stomach!

Chinese

Chinese restaurants are found all over the world, and New York certainly has its fair share. Standard Chinese food can be found anywhere, but one of the best is Shun Lee West located at 43 West 65th Street. This upscale restaurant opened back in 1981 and has been popular ever since. The interior is opulent, and you can try a range of great looking and great tasting signature dishes including Beijing duck.

Spanish

El Boqueron at 3101 34th Avenue provides a classic dining experience. The staff are incredibly welcoming, and they will serve you up a huge range of tapas from the excellent traditional menu. You’ll find an extensive range of hot and cold tapas to choose from, so take your pick and try out as much as you can.

Steak

You cannot go to New York without visiting a steakhouse. You will soon find that these are not in short supply, but you will want to ensure you choose the best. Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is a great option. It opened in 2004 and since then it has been serving up a good selection of thick and juicy steaks to its satisfied customers. Choose from rib eye, sirloin and many more options, and don’t worry about it being slightly pricey as it is well worth it. You’ll find it at 409 Greenwich Street.

Sushi

Neta opened as recently as 2012 in Greenwich Village at 61 West 8th Street, and it provides an interesting twist on the traditional sushi menu. If you love sushi but want to try something a little bit different, this is the place to go.

Indian

Tamarind at 99 Hudson Street is one of the best Indian restaurants in New York. Tuck into a tender lamb chop or a classic chicken tikka masala in a welcoming setting, and watch the tandoori chefs at work through the window into the kitchen.

Mexican

Tulcingo Del Valle Restaurant & Deli is the place to go for a good selection of food from the south of Mexico. The guacamole is excellent here and there are a range of different versions to try out. The surroundings are simple, but the food is fantastic, making it great option for a relaxed evening out.

Dim Sum

East Harbor Seafood Palace is always busy, which is a good enough reason to visit. And you won’t regret it because here you will find some of the best dim sum in town. It has been open since 2008, and since then has grown in popularity so you could find that you have to wait hours to get a table. It’s worth the wait, and you will be able to enjoy the finest dumplings and noodle wraps in the city. Find it at 714 65th Street in Brooklyn.

Dim Sum

Bagels

Another New York staple, you will find bagels all over the city. One to try if you get the time is Barney Greengrass, which opened way back in 1908. You’ll find a wide variety of fillings on offer, and the portions of cream cheese will not leave anyone disappointed. Find it at 541 Amsterdam Avenue.

Eat Your Fill in NYC

As you can see, the selection on offer in New York is perfect if you want to try out a range of different types of cuisine during your time here. Eating out is one of the best activities you can do in NYC, so don’t miss out. The above is just a very small selection of what you will find on offer throughout the city, so have a look around when you arrive and see what else you can find.

Any great locations you would like to add to this list?

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48 thoughts on “The International Foodie’s Mini-Guide To New York City”

  1. I love New York and food definitely is part of what makes it so great. Big North American cities do a great job of having a variety of amazing ethnic food – that’s one of the things I am finding I miss most when travelling!

  2. Andrea Anastasiou

    Although I haven’t managed to make it to NYC yet, I’ve always dreamt of eating freshly baked bagels there! Please tell me they’re as good as they look/sound?

  3. I think New York is a foodie’s heaven! It would be so hard to choose what and where to eat each and every day.

  4. Wow, there’s so much variety – you could literally eat your way around the world without leaving the city! Would love to try America’s take on all these international foods.

  5. One of the reasons I love big cities is the diversity of food on every corner. I’m hoping to make to NYC next year, so I’ll be checking some of these out! :)

  6. Anna | slightly astray

    Great list of suggestions!! Will have to bookmark. I haven’t been to NYC but I’d love to go someday! I love the variety of ethnic food! But what seems to be missing from this list is a good deli? :)

  7. I’m surprised with the photo of Mexican food. What are those dishes called? My Mexican food experience in Colorado and LA has always been getting the food in huge overflowing plates.

  8. Brooklyn is where ALL the good food is! Best Italian, best meatball sandwiches, a whole cafe dedicated to chocolate, best caipirinhas, I could go on all day…

  9. I miss bagels so much I’ve started making them from scratch but they do not compare to a NYC bagel. That pizza looked pretty amazing too

  10. You’re such a foodie, Agness! :D This post is such a delight! Now you are tempting me to fly to New York….any sponsors?! :P

  11. Oh my gosh to be perfectly honest I would literally start right at the top of your list and work my down visiting each one of them, Agness! From so many years of watching tons of food tv shows I’ve heard of Dominick’s and Wolfgang Steakhouse! Lordy…my stomach is roaring now and I have a banana waiting. That’s just wrong! :)

  12. Zara @ Backpack ME

    My most memorable foodie experiences in NYC took place in Chinatown actually. Loved the all you can eat Asian buffets with a ton of variety at really affordable prices!

  13. Yum!!! Delish! The best meal I’ve EVER had was in NYC. It was tapas at Boqueria, honestly it’s incredible. If you ever get a chance, go! Dim Sum is also a must in NYC.

  14. Jess @UsedYorkCity

    Great collection! Living in NYC for 9 years, I’ve actually not been to any of these, so they’ve definitely been bookmarked into my “places to try” file!;-)

  15. Tim | UrbanDuniya

    Fantastic!! You’ve inspired me to write one like this for my cities!!! Very useful, thank you :)

  16. I totally agree with you. What a mouthwatering post.You woke up my cravings, and actually I already had my fill for the day. I’ll dream of food tonight, that’s for sure!

  17. Marisol@TravelingSolemates

    Hi Agness, it’s hard to add anything to the list because there are way too many. One thing I love living in NYC is the wide wide variety of dining options. You can eat out 3 times a day, 365 days in a year and you won’t be able to cover all the restaurants here. It’s also great that pretty much all cuisines are represented and you can find a lot of international cuisines that are pretty authentic.

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