If you are a foodie, New York City is the place to be! There are so many yummy things to try and so many exciting places to visit. So with that in mind, here are seven fun foodie things to do in New York City.
Explore Smorgasburg WTC and Other Outdoor Food Markets
One of the many reasons that we love summertime in New York City is all the outdoor food markets. We are always finding exciting new things to try like Ethiopian food, yummy barbecue, lobster rolls and so much more. Some of the biggest outdoor food markets include Hester Street Fair, Queens Night Market and the Urbanspace Markets. Plus Smorgasburg just opened a new location (that is open every Friday) near the World Trade Center/ Oculus that we are very excited about.
Try Something New at the DeKalb Market Hall
Most of the outdoor food markets are only open on weekends and can be rained out so for all the other days you can still explore all the food halls in New York City like the DeKalb Market Hall. You can try something new every time you visit. There are towering pastrami sandwiches from the legendary Katz’s Deli, tasty ribs, yummy pizza, delicious paella and this list can go on and on! Some other food halls we recommend include Hudson Eats, Chelsea Market, Gotham West Market and the Pennsy.
Check out the New Essex Market
We were sad to see the old historic Essex Street Market close but we are equally as excited to see the new Essex Market (88 Essex Street) opening across the street from the old location. It will host all the old vendors including our favorites like Ni Japanese Delicacies and Peasant Stock plus a few new ones like Roni-Sue’s Chocolates and a new ice cream shop from the owners of Chinatown Ice Cream Factory!
Take Advantage of NYC Restaurant Week
Whether you are looking for a new steakhouse or a French bistro to try, there are so many top notch restaurants in New York City and the best time to try somewhere new is during NYC Restaurant Week. Lunch is only $26 and dinner is $42 so you can find some great deals. It will return on July 22 and it will last until August 16.
Take an Ahoy New York Food Tour
Chinatown, Little Italy and Nolita have changed a lot over the last decade and they are very exciting foodie neighborhoods to explore. The best way to explore these neighborhoods is Ahoy New York’s food tours, Chinatown and Little Food Fest and Taste of Mulberry Street. Try signature items like mozzarella, cannoli and dumplings from off the beaten path shops, neighborhood favorites and popular, hard to get into restaurants.
The Vendy Awards at Governor’s Island
Taking the ferry and spending a day at Governor’s Island is a lot of fun already but there are interesting events throughout the summer. One of our favorite foodie events is the Vendy Awards which awards the best food trucks and food carts in New York City. Best of all you can sample food from all the nominees. The Vendy Awards is September 21 this year.
New York City Wine & Food Festival
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Finally the New York City Wine & Food Festival is easily one of the biggest annual foodie events in NYC. It highlights some of the biggest celebrity chefs from around the world and it features events (ranging from special tastings to cooking classes) all over the city. The New York City Wine & Food Festival will take place from October 10 to 13.