You land in New York and it’s your first time in the Big Apple. You’ve only got a few days to roam the big city and your appetite for good food has got your stomach craving a hot dog, fries and a slice of cheesecake. So where do you even start?

New York is a gigantic city with thousands and thousands of restaurants which can leave you feeling a little overwhelmed. We’ve put together a quick guide to help you find the best foodie joints around.

1. Black Tap

Some of the best burgers to grace New York City are found at Black Tap along with seriously over-the-top milkshakes. If you’re watching your waistline, then order your burger in salad form without the carb-heavy bun.

Image from the Black Tap website 

2. Milk Bar by Momofuku

Imagine drinking the milk after you’ve left your cereal in the bowl? Milk Bar by Momofuku is a crazy-creative bakery with loads of delicious sweets, serving up popular menu items like cereal milk, cookies and their infamous crack pie (think cookie dough with oats).

3. The Bagel Store

If a unicorn jumped over a lake while eating a rainbow and then a magical elf blew fairy dust everywhere, what would it look like? A rainbow bagel from The Bagel Store of course! You can choose from savoury fillings like homemade cream cheese, bacon and eggs, and even steak for those meat-lovers. And not to mention, the brightly-coloured bagels make the perfect snaps for your Instagram feed too.

4. Grimaldi’s

If there’s one thing New Yorkers love to do, it’s argue about the best pizza. While it’s probably worth settling that score for another time, you can’t go wrong with Grimaldi’s. This pizzeria prides itself on its freshly-made dough, fresh mozzarella and crushed tomatoes. And I forgot to mention, they don’t serve any of their pizzas by the slice, so make sure you go there on an empty stomach.

Image from Flickr user: star5112 

5. Crif Dogs

Calling all hot dog lovers! This hot dog joint has it all with a tonne of different dogs and toppings to choose from. You can get your dog topped with cream cheese, baked beans, coleslaw, chilli, avocado and egg. We also hear there’s an antique phone booth in the corner of the establishment that takes you to a hidden bar.

6. Sugar Factory

Welcome to candyland aka the Sugar Factory! Indulge in world-famous desserts like warm, freshly-baked waffles and crepes, rich chocolate cascading from fondue fountains and not to mention giant fishbowl cocktails. While the dessert menu is certainly a drawing card, they also serve oversized sandwiches, salads and pizzas if you’re chasing something more on the savoury side.

Image from Instagram @thesugarfactory 

7. Black Seed

We just couldn’t help it, we had to include another bagel place – but without the rainbows this time. Black Seed is all about what’s in the bagel, rather than the actual bagel itself.  High quality ingredients and creativity is what this joint is all about. Popular bagel fillings include beet cured salmon and cream cheese,  tobiko spread and salmon, and last but certainly not least – the pickled berry lox cream cheese. If you can’t decide, then DIY (do-it-yourself) bagel!

8. Pommes Frites

New York has its fair share of fries, but if you’re after the tastiest, crispiest and sauciest fries – then you must check out Pommes Frites.  They keep their menu pretty simple: Belgian fries served in a cone with dipping sauce. True to Belgian tradition, each thickly-cut potato is fried twice – first to cook and then to add colour and crunch.  

Image from Instagram @alejandra_palacios

 9. Eileen’s Special Cheesecake

Eileen’s been making cheesecake since 1975 using a traditional recipe from her mother.  With so many options to choose from including pumpkin, kahlua and red velvet – how are you supposed to make up your mind? With an assortment pack, of course! Try at least 10 mini cheesecakes in the assortment pack to avoid making one of the toughest decisions in your whole life. First world problems, right?

10. Soft Swerve

A trip to NYC is not complete without a creamy soft serve.  Soft Swerve’s to-die-for ice cream flavours include black sesame, matcha or ube (also known as purple yam), and are perfect for swirling and topping with cereal and other sweets. Look out for their special menu that includes unique combinations named after nearby city spots like Astor Place – matcha soft serve combined with cornflakes and mocha.

It’s clear that New York has no shortage of eateries. Not only is it the city that never sleeps, but it’s also a city that never stops eating. So what are you waiting for? Eat your way through New York City and take each bite of the big juicy apple as it comes.


Limits, exclusions and conditions apply. This is general advice only. We do not provide any advice based on any consideration of your objectives, financial situation or needs. Consider the Combined PDS/FSG (available before deciding about this insurance.