The Big Apple delivers big flavor no matter the time of day (or night). No trip to New York City is complete without tasting its signature dishes. From New York-style pizza to bagels and lox to towering pastrami sandwiches, here are some of New York’s must-try dishes.
To start a fierce debate among New Yorkers, ask about the city’s best pizza. In this pizza-obsessed city, you can hardly walk a street without seeing a shop selling slices—just as perfect for lunch as for a late-night snack. For the full pie treatment, seek out traditional coal-oven, Neapolitan-style, or even Sicilian.
Bagels and Lox
The hand-rolled, kettle-boiled bagel is a thing of beauty: crisp on the outside with a tender interior. In New York’s traditional appetizing shops, bagels are sliced in half and topped with cream cheese and lox.
Bacon, Egg, and Cheese
New York City is fueled every morning by the noble bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich. Whether from the corner bodega or the fancy brunch joint, this sandwich is the start of a good day—salt, pepper, and ketchup optional.
One of the classic bites of New York City, the hefty pastrami sandwich includes a pile of hand-carved smoked meat and mustard on rye bread—pickle on the side.
Burgers are serious business in New York—no steakhouse or tavern menu would be complete without a signature burger. There are special meat blends with short rib, toppings both classic and upscale (Roquefort cheese, anyone?), and a variety of buns from potato rolls to brioche.
The Chinatown dim sum experience is alive and well in New York City. Graze on a variety of dim sum over a leisurely brunch or try other Chinatown specialties from soup dumplings to Peking duck.