5 Things You Must Eat When In New York

There’s no shortage of epic eateries and grub to grab in New York City, but sometimes the breadth of choice makes it harder to make your definitive decision. Next thing you know, you’re hangry and aimlessly wandering the busy streets of Manhattan; but fear not, we’ve got you covered. No trip to New York is complete without of these lip-smackingly good food experiences!

Afternoon Tea at The Plaza

For decades the high-society of Manhattan would flock to The Plaza to while away the afternoons in the Palm Court, the first reception room you’ll come upon when entering the hotel and the home of Manhattan’s best Afternoon Tea.

The afternoon tea menu is vast; choose from The New Yorker Tea or The Royal Tea to be sure not to miss what has been drawing people to try New York’s most iconic Afternoon Tea for over 100 years. Both teas arrive on china plates on three-tiered, circular brackets, leaving plenty of reach room for your favourite morsel. From the sandwiches and savouries plate, bite into thyme roasted prime rib, balsamic caramelised onions and horseradish aioli on onion brioche, truffled chicken salad with black truffle aioli on whole wheat bread, and many other pastries, tarts and sandwiches to devour before moving onto the sweeter side of the affair. Freshly baked scones with Devonshire Cream, raspberry milk chocolate Eclairs, passion and banana Daiquiri Baba with strawberry compote and Meyer’s Rum, and other delights will tantalise your sweet tooth.

Cronut® at Dominique Ansel Bakery

The French may despair witnessing the mash-up of their beloved national pastry with that of the U.S., but the croissant-donut hybrid is not to be missed. The brainchild of Dominique Ansel Bakery, expect queues from 5am every morning for this deliciously sweet, one-of-a-kind breakfast treat. While others may try to replicate this mouthful of heaven, there is only one Cronut and it lives in the heart of Manhattan’s SoHo. Believe me, the queue is worth it!

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Pastrami at Katz’s Delicatessen

Possibly NYC’s most iconic deli, Katz’s is a Lower East Side institution that’s constantly bustling with customers popping in for loaves of golden rye, delicious meats and freshly baked filled bagels. Not much has changed in Katz’s 125 plus years of service, not least their pastrami sandwich. Colossal in size and legendary in taste, nothing beats Katz’s Hot Pastrami Sandwich served up with a side of Matzo Ball Soup. Order at the counter and tip the slicer to ensure you’re getting the finest cuts of that day’s meat.

Eileen’s Special Cheesecake

Diving into a slab of New York cheesecake when in the Big Apple is a must, and there’s no better place to find that perfect slice than at Eileen’s Special Cheesecake. Eileen’s take on the city’s best dessert comes in all shapes and sizes, with multiple toppings and often a flair of different flavours. Providing her speciality bake to Lower Manhattan for over 35 years, Eileen and her cheesecakes are a mainstay on the New York food scene.

Bagel & Lox at Russ & Daughters


How can you eat all these things in one day, you ask?

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Caoilfhionn Rose

Caoilfhionn is a freelance travel writer who enjoys slow travel and avoiding landmarks in favour of diving into a destination's culture. Instagram: @CaoilfhionnRose

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