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Top Five Big Apple Foods

Updated on April 3, 2017

Best Food in the Big Apple

New York has every conceivable type of food imaginable and you can get it anytime of day. You can get food from around the globe on every corner. Of course, I have preferred places for certain delights:

  1. Chinese Food - Hop Kee, 21 Mott Street
  2. Katz's Delicatessen - 205 E Houston St
  3. Peter Luger Steak House - 178 Broadway, Brooklyn
  4. Black Seed Bagels - 170 Elizabeth Street
  5. Sushi Yasuda - 204 E 43rd St

Hop Kee

This place has been featured in movies and television shows for good reason: it's an institution. Hop Kee, located at 21 Mott Street in lower Manhattan's Chinatown has Cantonese specialties plus the best "American" Chinese food anywhere. It is a classic, old-fashioned vibe down below Mott Street,which has been a center of Chinatown in New York City for very many years. Until recently, this joint has been a cash-only establishment, like many legendary, old-school restaurants in the City.

You must try these selections:

  • Steak and Chinese Broccoli
  • Chow Fun (wide rice) noodles with beef
  • Fried Chicken (sound weird, but trust me)
  • Blue Crabs with Black Bean Sauce
  • Sweet and Sour Chicken or Pork (American, but the best you'll find)

If you feel like something else, then just order it because everything is amazing.

Katz's Deli

Yes, this place is famous from that movie Where Harry Met Sally, but the more important reason to visit is the food. The setup is a bit odd, but memorable since you pay on the way out with your ticket. It's always pretty crowded but worth the wait / squeeze. Tip the person cutting the meat for a nice sample. If you're not sure what to get, just get a pastrami on Rye. I like a pastrami rueben with pickle, cole slaw, and some fries. The knishes are also legendary. To drink, go with cherry soda.

Don't forget to get a salami for your boy overseas! You will learn about the history of immigrants in New York here as well. Just read what's on the walls.

Peter Luger: Holy Grail of Steakhouses

This place is the holy grail of steakhouses. The interior is very plain. The waiters are not really friendly. They only take cash or their special charge card. Who cares? Best food ever. You must order the following (with some discretion on the sides I guess):

  • Steak Medium Rare
  • Bacon Appetizer
  • Tomato and Onion Appetizer
  • Creamed Spinach
  • German Potatoes
  • Ice Cream Sundae with Schlag

Don't fill up on the awesome bread basket. You're welcome.

Bagel Central

New York bagels are the cream of the crop. You can't get them anywhere else, period. The crispy outside and the soft inside make this item a delicacy. Yes, you can buy frozen bagels in the supermarket and toast them for a decent breakfast item, but these New York bagels are to be eaten fresh, not toasted, while still warm. If you want a true New York legend, go to a place like H&H or Black Seed and get a poppy or everything bagel with cream cheese and lox (smoked salmon). It's as close to heaven as you can get in NYC.

Sushi Yasuda

This gem is located a stone's throw from Grand Central Terminal. Bring your credit card, make reservations, and get the omakase. It's a place to be seen.


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