A Gent's Guide to NYC Food

January 11, 2018

Since we live in the era of foodism, it’s no wonder so many venture on a journey for the sole purpose of tasting a unique cocktail blend or a local specialty.


And what better place to start your culinary travels than the city that’s even nicknamed by food? Call it what you please, but NYC truly is the Melting Pot of tastes as much as it is of cultures, people and languages, so naturally, you’d expect a diverse menu of trends and delicacies that will tease your refined foodie palate.


And if you think that you know all there is to know about the Big Apple because you’ve taken a selfie in Central Park or attended a Broadway show, sit back and prepare for some mouthwatering inspiration that will be your ticket to deliciousville of this iconic city.


Don’t just pass by the street carts

It’s where all the curious concoctions of ethnic tastes from all over the world collide. It’s where you’ll find the best hotdog with mustard and the best coffee to go. There will be lines, however, so arm yourself with patience, but never underestimate a cart’s ability to make you drool simply due to its humble (if not shabby) appearance.


Take, for instance, Sammy’s Halal, which you can find in several locations, one of them being on 6th Avenue, where tastes of Afghanistan come to life in a very affordable chicken and rice, spice-infused format. Then there’s the Arepa Lady, owned by a former judge and only accessible when the weather is warm, and most often on Fridays and Saturdays after 10 in the evening, serving Colombian delicacies. 


Where fine dining goes to flourish

These establishments are the personification of “treat yo’self”, so if you’re eager to spend a week’s worth of earnings on a high-end food experience, NYC is your go-to destination. The beauty of its colorful foodie scene is that even in this upscale realm, it has something to everyone’s taste.


From Momofuku Ko’s contemporary American tastes, Delmonico's traditional steak (because who goes to New York and misses a trip to a steakhouse?), to Sushi Nakazawa for Oriental aromas, you can take your pick and be swept off your feet and straight into Gotham’s finest dining moments. 


New level of catering excellence

Not a single person in New York will just call up a random crew to serve at their event, whether it’s a children’s birthday party or a business celebration, they do their gatherings in style from the ground up. In English, that means that New York prides itself on exquisite catering services, ranging from specialised pizza places, to bite-sized canapes to elevate a party.


If you’re lucky enough to be invited to such an event, take notice of what the best of the best among NYC catering companies do differently and you’ll enjoy a feast that will rival the menu of a prestigious fine-dining restaurant.


The birthplace of Joey Tribbiani’s love for pastrami

Not sure what on Earth is pastrami and why there’s so much fuss about it? It’s high time you hopped over to NYC to discover why this peculiar dish is the signature bite of Gotham, and an all-time favourite of many locals and tourists alike. Finally, just like with steakhouses, one does not simply go to New York without a distinct plan to visit a pastrami parlour.


Delis are the backbone of affordable, mindbogglingly delicious dishes, and pastrami is no exception. Take a trip to Ben’s Best on Queen’s Boulevard where pastrami is prepared to perfection since 1945, and has been the epitome of comfort food for New Yorkers for over seventy years. Aching for a new twist on this classic? Then the Dickson’s Farmstand Meats will not disappoint, nor will their cheesy pastrami served at a humble location in Chelsea Market. 



Features Writer; Peter Minkoff

Peter is a a men's grooming & fashion writer at The Beard Mag & High Street Gent magazines from UK. Beside writing he worked as a menswear fashion stylist for many fashion events around UK & Europe! His future plans are in creating a personal blog for men's grooming!


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