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New York City Foodie Bucket List | Seven Essential NYC Restaurants

Nom Wah Tea Parlor

If you are hungry in New York City, you are in luck! There are countless options for pretty much anything that you are craving at the moment. However, when traveling to NYC you want to make sure to find the best of the best. We’ve saved you some time and put together a list of restaurants and shops that you MUST try. We call this list our New York City foodie bucket list.

Joe’s Pizza – 7 Carmine St & Other Locations

Joe's Pizza

When you think of iconic New York City dishes, pizza is probably one of the first things that comes to your mind. Joe’s Pizza makes the quintessential New York style pizza. Their pizza has the perfect trinity of amazing sauce, cheese and crust. Joe’s Pizza is always crowded but luckily the line moves fast.

Katz’s Delicatessen – 205 E Houston St

Katz's Delicatessen Pastrami Sandwich 2

Katz’s Delicatessen has been attracting locals and visitors to NYC alike for over 100 years. Katz’s Delicatessen has a bunch of delicious Jewish deli classics like matzo ball soup and hot dogs but they are best known for one thing, their towering pastrami sandwiches! Just take one bite of this sandwich and you can easily see why it makes so many foodie bucket lists!

Chelsea Market – 75 9th Ave

Lobster Place Lobster Roll Picnic Basket

New York City is also renowned for its diverse food scene and you can get a great snapshot of that by visiting the Chelsea Market. Whether you in the mood for a scrumptious roast beef sandwich, lobster roll, tacos, Australian meat pie or hand pulled noodles, you can find that and much more at the Chelsea Market.

Peter Luger Steak House – 178 Broadway, Brooklyn

Peter Luger Steak

P.C.: yelp, Porsche C.

After all these years, Peter Luger Steak House in Williamsburg still sets the standard on what you expect from a top-notch steakhouse. Their porterhouse steak is especially legendary but we really also love their signature Luger burger. Here is a quick tip… make sure to secure a reservation if you are planning on dining here, walk ins are very rare.

Nom Wah Tea Parlor – 13 Doyers St

Ahoy New York Food Tours Nom Wah Dim Sum Tasting

The Chinese cuisine also plays a huge part of the New York culinary experience and our pick for it is Nom Wah Tea Parlor. Nom Wah is the oldest dim sum parlor in Chinatown and their dim sum is amazing. It is always made to order and they have a lot to choose from. But you really have to try their egg rolls. Trust us. It is unlike any other egg roll that you’ve ever tasted. You can get a dim sum tasting in this historical restaurant on our tour of Chinatown and Little Italy!

Dominique Ansel Bakery – 189 Spring St

Dominique Ansel Bakery Desserts

P.C.: yelp, Michael S.

Whether you get the world-famous cronut or another one of Dominque Ansel’s whimsical treats, this bakery has definitely lived up to its hype and perhaps it has even surpassed it. Dominique Ansel is always coming up with new innovative desserts so you have to keep coming back for more.

Sylvia’s Harlem Restaurant – 328 Malcolm X Blvd

Sylvia Fried Chicken

P.C.: yelp, Shawn H.

Sylvia Woods is the Queen of Soul Food and her restaurant in Harlem is a landmark. If you are looking for huge portions of delicious soul food, this is an absolute must. There is so much to try here like the cornbread, ribs, fried chicken and collard greens so you definitely want to come here with an empty stomach.