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NYC -- Fun Trips for Foodies!

Updated: Sep 18


“Food is everything we are. It’s an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It’s inseparable from those from the get-go.” ~Anthony Bourdain


Julia Child once said “People who love to eat are always the best people!” and I absolutely agree! As an unrepentant foodie myself I must confess when I go to new places my favorite thing to look out for is good food. There is some kind of joy that radiates from the belly to the outside after you have indulged in some delicacies. New York is known for its various mouthwatering snacks and meals. Little wonder there are so many restaurants and drive-ins in New York City. If you want to eat at every restaurant in New York City, it would take you more than 20 years, assuming you had every meal at a different place! If you want a taste of classic New York and the mouthwatering dishes that make it the most exciting dining city in the world, here’s a good list to start with: 


HELL’S KITCHEN Popular for the TV series “Hell’s Kitchen” hosted by renowned chef Gordon Ramsay, Hell’s Kitchen is actually a neighborhood located near the Hudson River, between 34th and 59th streets, on the West Side of Manhattan and was formerly a neighborhood of Irish Americans. There are diverse restaurants and diners around that area that is bound to please your palate.


LITTLE ITALY If you are a lover of pasta, then Little Italy is the right place for you. Considered as a home by immigrants from Sicily and Naples as far back as the late 1880s, Little Italy still depicts a strong Italian presence. In such a place full of Italians, you definitely don’t have to look too far for a taste of delicious Italian cuisine. You can have your pick from the various pizzerias, pasta places, and well-defined establishments; you may just have to make a dessert of cannoli or gelato.


GREENWICH VILLAGE Greenwich Village is full of remarkable busy streets with specialty shops and astonishing hidden gems. This destination is famous for its bohemian feel and notable parks. You can go on your own or take a tour on foot to different places such as Artichoke Pizza, Bantum Bagels, and Faiccos Rice Balls and sample some of the great lip-smacking dishes there.


THE LOWER EAST SIDE When in New York City you should visit the Lower East Side and find out why it is listed as one of the best neighborhoods to eat in NYC. There is something for everyone and trust me, you will not be disappointed. There are so many arrays of delicious cuisine be it traditional or off the beaten path, you might have a tough time making a choice.


There are so many other great places to eat in New York City such as the ABC Kitchen, Grand Central Oyster Bar, Di Fara, Balthazar, Gray’s Papaya, Bamonte’s, Jing Fong, etc. My favorite bagel shop is Absolute Bagels in Manhattan, thanks to being introduced to their deliciousness by my friend Ann. The list is inexhaustible. If you are planning to go on a food kick to New York City alone or with some foodies like yourself, you can contact me for clean and comfortable accommodations, unique and memorable culinary options and you will be guaranteed authentic experiences you will never forget. Trust me, from one foodie to another, your belly will thank you!




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