New York Food Guide – Best Places to Eat in NYC

New York really is a melting pot of cultures, and that means that there are plenty of delicious food options to try. Foodies will love New York City’s eclectic mix of cuisines. From American and international dishes, street food to Michelin star restaurants, there is something for everyone. But if you don’t know where to start, why not take a food tour?

We’ve created a guide of the top food tours (plus some extra dining suggestions) so you can eat your way around the city with ease. Check out our suggestions, including…

  • Food on Foot Tours
  • Soho, Little Italy, and Chinatown Neighborhood Walking Tours
  • Queens-Flushing International Food Excursion
  • City Winery Tour
  • Spirits on Foot–Beer, Spirits and Wine Crawl
  • And more!

Save on admission to attractions in NYC

Admission to many of these food tours are included on the Go New York Explorer Pass. Plus, the New York Explorer Pass includes access to more than 90 attractions. You could save up to 50% on attraction admission vs gate price.

Food on Foot Tours

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The Food on Foot Tours takes you behind the scenes, outside of the normal tourist-trap fares, and into the neighborhoods where you can experience the best in New York cuisine. Whether you’re in the mood for a sports-related food adventure or a one-of-a-kind authentic event, you’ll find the experience that’s perfect for you, with scheduled and customized tours. It’s a great opportunity to sample local flavors. This tour also received the TripAdvisor Certificate Of Excellence 2011-2019.

Getting in: Admission to Food on Foot Tours is included with the New York Explorer Pass.

Soho, Little Italy and Chinatown Neighborhood Walking Tours

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Soho, Little Italy, and Chinatown Walking Tours all offer an insight into New York culture and cuisine. Your tour guide will let you in on all the secrets and insider info about the fashionable SoHo district. You’ll also experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of Chinatown and Little Italy. The tour puts you right in the thick of things, giving you the real New York experience.

Getting in: Admission to Soho, Little Italy and Chinatown Neighborhood Walking Tours is included with the New York Explorer Pass.

Queens-Flushing International Food Excursion

Queens-Flushing is home to some of New York’s best attractions and destinations, from the eclectic mix of cultural foods to the world-class sports venues and lush gardens. On this tour, you hop on the subway and explore the immersive smells and flavors of Tai Pan Bakery or Paris Baguette. The sweet and savory intermingles with jazz (home to Louis Armstrong) and history, culminating with the Queens Night Market.

Getting in: Admission to Queens-Flushing International Food Excursion is included with the New York Explorer Pass.

City Winery Tour

Michael Dorf founded City Winery in 2006 as a way to bring together music with his passion for great cuisine and fine wine. Your tour guide will help you explore the City Winery, learn more about the process of wine-making, and also taste the wine with the compliment of appetizers.

Getting in: Admission to City Winery Tour is included with the New York Explorer Pass.

Spirits on Foot–Beer, Spirits and Wine Crawl

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New York is famous for its eclectic watering holes, and this tour hones in on a few unique spots in New York neighborhoods to visit on every trek. You’ll enjoy the beer, wine, and spirits, while you’re immersed in NY culture and history.

Getting in: Admission to Spirits on Foot, Beer, Spirits and Wine Crawl is included with the New York Explorer Pass.

Where to get the best pizza in New York City?

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New York is famous for its pizza, so your New York experience cannot be complete without a slice at one of the city’s top pizza spots. John’s Pizzeria is a mouth-watering experience with its famous thin-crust, brick-oven pizzas, and its accessible location in Times SquareLombardi in NoLita has been serving thin-crust Neapolitan pizza since 1905. It’s considered to be the first pizza shop in the United States. Pizza blogger Slice Harvester gave NY Pizza Suprema in Midtown a perfect score. Head to Madison Square Garden to see for yourself if it’s worthy. Whether you’re looking for authentic New York cuisine, or just looking for a budget-friendly adventure, pizza is where it’s at in New York.

Where to get the best street food in New York City?

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No visit to New York would be complete without sampling the street food, as it reflects the melting pot of ethnic cultures and experiences. There’s the Cinnamon Snail which serves vegan food in Pennsy Food Hall, the Melt Bakery serving up delicious cookies and ice cream in the Lower East Side, and Nuchas which does great empanadas in Times Square and Koreatown. No matter where in the city you are, you’re sure to find tasty street food.

Where to get the best bagels in New York City?

New York is known for its bagels, which just aren’t the same anywhere else in the world. So, this is the perfect way to immerse yourself in New York flavors and culture while being thrifty. Gene Davidovich founded the Davidovich Bakery in 1998. He founded it an attempt to bring the well-loved smells and flavors of his grandmother’s kitchen back to life. So, it’s not only authentic and mouth-watering, but it’s also a one-of-its-kind NYC hotspot.

Of course, if posting all your top eats on Instagram is essential, head to The Bagel Store in Brooklyn to try the original rainbow bagel (and take plenty of snaps).

Heartland Brewery Rotisserie

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Heartland Brewery Rotisserie is located in the Empire State Building, so it’s perfect for a bite to eat before or after you visit the observation deck. It’s a visit to an internationally renowned innovation and was the world’s tallest building for 40 years. Add to that level of historical importance the clout of the Heartland Brewery Rotisserie, and you’ve got a NYC destination tour you just can’t miss. Be sure to check out our Empire State Building guide before you go!

Top tip: Present your New York Explorer pass at Heartland Brewery Rotisserie for 20% off lunch or dinner.

In summary

New York may feel a little overwhelming if you’re just here for a visit, but these food tours and ideas will help you experience the flavors of the city without the hassle. You’ll also be able to dig into the history of the places while becoming swayed by the overpowering foods. Become inspired, and feed your curiosity as you venture around the city. For suggestions on what else to do on your vacation, check out our ultimate guide to New York City.

Remember that many of these top food attractions are included with the New York Explorer Pass, which could save you up to 50% off admission attraction vs gate price.

The information contained in this post, to the best of the author's knowledge, was accurate at time of publishing. We do our best to ensure and maintain the accuracy of this information.

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