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How to Indulge Like a Foodie in NYC

Know what to eat in New York and learn how to indulge like a true foodie.

If I would move to NYC, the main reason would be FOOD.   There are so many great choices!  Any craving could be satisfied because of the immense variety.

While our friend was busy preparing the itinerary, I was busy researching what to eat.  After getting good recommendations from friends and bloggers, I picked 11 restaurants/bakeries that struck my curiosity.

1.  Shake Shack

Location: Several locations in NYC
Price: $5-10

Its overwhelming popularity made it on top of the must-eat list.

I ordered the Shack Stack ($10) and it lived up to the hype!  Shack Stack has a cheeseburger AND a ‘shroom burger.  Oh boy, I wish I could eat this everyday.

The first bite was heavenly!  The cheeseburger patty was fresh and perfectly marinated.  The ‘shroom burger was a surprise.  The mushroom ‘patty’ was a crispy fried portabello mushroom oozing with melted cheese.  Even the soft potato bun was delicious.  Sigh…indulge like a food in NYC - what to eat in New York shake shack

indulge like a food in NYC - what to eat in New York shake shack

The only sad thing about Shake Shack is its serving size.

2.  Noreetuh (Hawaiian Restaurant)

Location: 128 1st Avenue
Price: $20-25

For appetizer, Mr. C and I ordered the Corned Beef Tongue Musubi ($7).  The combination of the corned beef tongue, nori, cilantro, and peanuts was fantastic.

The savory Teriyaki Chicken ($22) was flavorsome!  It was served with artichokes and pickled raisins.  I really enjoyed this unique and interesting entree.indulge like a food in NYC - what to eat in New York Noreetuh

3.  Luke’s Lobster

Location: Several locations in NYC
Price: $16

The Lobster Roll was mouthwatering!  It was a small serving of buttered, toasted bun LOADED with fresh, juicy lobster meat soaked in lemon butter.  The lobster roll was sprinkled with Luke’s Lobster special secret spices.  It was very refreshing to eat.

The only downside was its snack-size serving.  I could eat two of these!  
indulge like a food in NYC - what to eat in New York Luke's Lobster lobster roll

indulge like a food in NYC - what to eat in New York Luke's Lobster

4.  Bob White

Location: 57 7th Avenue South
Price: $10

If you’re a fan of Southern-style fried chicken, you must eat at Bob White.  The fried chicken had a crispy, golden brown skin.  It was moist in the inside and perfectly seasoned.  There’s no need for sauce!

I loved the biscuit that came with the meal.  It was soft, buttery and crispy on the outside.  It tasted so good especially when dipped in honey.

indulge like a food in NYC - what to eat in New York Bob White fried chicken

indulge like a food in NYC - what to eat in New York Bob White fried chicken

5. Artichoke Basille’s Pizza

Location: Several locations in NYC (I highly suggest ordering a slice of pizza from 114 10th Ave and eating at High Line for a beautiful view)
Price: $5/slice

You can’t visit NYC and not eat pizza because it is one of their staple foods.  The signature Artichoke Pizza of Artichoke Basille’s Pizza was delicious!  It was very creamy and filled with artichoke hearts, Mozarella and Pecorino Romano cheese.  Yum!!!

indulge like a food in NYC - what to eat in New York Bastille's Pizza Artichoke Pizza

indulge like a food in NYC - what to eat in New York Bastille's Pizza Artichoke Pizza

6. Wafels & Dinges

Location: Several locations in NY
Price: $7-13

The Throwdown Waffle was amazing!!  The warm waffle was light and crisp.  It was topped with spekuloos spread, whipped cream and more spekuloos cookie crumble.  indulge like a food in NYC - what to eat in New York Wafels & Dinges throwdown waffle

indulge like a food in NYC - what to eat in New York Wafels & Dinges throwdown waffle

7. Ferrara Bakery

Location: 195 Grand St.
Price: $8

The Lobster Tail caught my curiosity when it was featured in Food Network’s Best Thing I Ever Ate.  It was heavily stuffed with delicious custard cream and generously sprinkled with sugar, just the way I like it!

The Chocolate Cannoli was to die for!  The cannoli was covered with thick chocolate and filled with cream… Oh, the cream was absolutely wonderful!  It was made of sweet ricotta cheese mixed with chocolate chips.

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8. Eileen’s Special Cheesecake

Location: 17 Cleveland Pl
Price: $3.75/mini cheesecake

I love their cheesecakes because they are so light and fluffy!  The crust was crumbling beautifully.

We ordered Salted Caramel and Bailey’s Irish Coffee.  Both are incredible!  It’s good that they serve the cheesecakes in mini size because there are lots of flavors to try.
indulge like a food in NYC - what to eat in New York Eileen's Special Cheesecakes Bailey's Salted Caramel

indulge like a food in NYC - what to eat in New York Eileen's Special Cheesecakes Bailey's Salted Caramel

9. Magnolia Bakery

Location: Several locations in NYC
Price: $3.75-6.75

Another popular dessert in NYC is Magnolia Bakery’s Banana Pudding.  It was fluffy and thick with layers of delicious vanilla wafers, fresh bananas and heavy vanilla pudding.  It was creamy and had the right amount of sweetness.

indulge like a food in NYC - what to eat in New York Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding

10. Bouchon Bakery

Location: 1 Rockefeller Plaza
Price: $3/large macaron

This is the biggest and best macaron I have ever eaten.  It was light and crisp on the outside and soft, moist and chewy on the inside.  In the middle of these perfect shells was a soft creamy filling.  I need to come back for more!indulge like a food in NYC - what to eat in New York Bouchon Bakery pistachio macaron

11. Dough

Location: Several locations in NYC
Price: $3

Dough’s doughnuts are larger than the usual doughnuts.  They are soft and chewy but denser than I prefer.  We ordered the Dulce de Leche and it was great!  I loved the toasted almonds which gave a crunch.

indulge like a food in NYC - what to eat in New York Dough dulce de leche

I can’t wait to go back to NYC and try more food.  Which one do you like the best?

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24 thoughts on “How to Indulge Like a Foodie in NYC

    1. Thank you! I need to go back to try more. Do you have a favorite that I wasn’t able to try? 🙂

      1. To tell you the truth, you have covered all my favorite places including Wafels & Dinges 😀 One of my street food favorites in NYC is the Halal Guys. If you are a fan of the mediterranean cuisine, you can give it a try next time 😉

    1. I googled Los Tacos just now and it looks really good!! High reviews too. Ok, I really need to go back there soon. I’m excited to try this. Thanks Stephanie! 🙂

  1. I kind of hate you right now… You know exactly why! Haha, just kidding. What a great post here. I venture to NYC every so often and never tried any of the mentions. I’ll have to add them to the list. What do you suggest for sushi? My brother swears by Yama.

    1. You’re becoming my favorite person now, May Bee! Haha Sadly, I haven’t tried any sushi in NYC. So many food, so little time. I’ll try Yama next we go back to NYC! 🙂

  2. As a New Yorker, you are spot on. A favorite is Eleen’s Cheesecakes. I was just there last week. A great Irish Pub is O’hara’s, downtown. Across from the 9/11 Memorial. You made me hungry

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