New York City for Foodie: Unique Tips

4:00 pm  |  28.09.2021

New York is the Mecca for gourmets and the most innovative dishes on the planet. You should definitely not miss the amazing food when you are in New York.

Shake Shack

Burger & Cheese Fries at Shake Shack.

Forget the American West Coast in-n-out burger chain. When it comes to the best burger chain in the USA in discussions, New York’s Shake Shack is clearly ahead of the game.

We usually prefer fresh and handmade burgers to fast-food chains. But at Shake Shack, we can’t resist. The furnishing of the burger shops alone stands out from the normal fast-food chains. The interior could almost be described in a hipster way.

There are over 30 branches in New York. The next Shake Shack is sure to be near you. The menu includes burgers, hot dogs, and fries as a side dish. What makes Shake Shack different from other fast food places? There is also wine and delicious beer on the menu for example.

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The first burger joint was in Madison Square Park. You can find more locations all over New York and Brooklyn. Who wants to avoid the long lines should z. B. rather go to the branch in Brooklyn on the Brooklyn Bridge or on the Upper East Side.

Address: z. B. 1 Old Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, United States

Opening times: daily from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Price: Double Shack Burger $ 8.09 plus $ 2.99 for fries. View locations on Google Maps (there are a lot of branches in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens)

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Pizza at Grimaldis

Big is better. This is especially true of this pizzeria. Not far from the Brooklyn Bridge there are several restaurants that advertise the best pizza in Brooklyn. 

If you have the choice, you are spoiled for choice. But pizza is as much a part of New York as currywurst is part of Berlin. So we tried pizza, this time at the Grimaldis in Brooklyn.

In the charcoal oven, wafer-thin traditional pizzas are baked at over 1,200 degrees. The dough recipe, which is over 100 years old, is the flagship of the pizzeria below the Brooklyn Bridge. Pizza fans have been happy here since 1990.

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On our first evening in New York, we stopped here spontaneously without a reservation and were lucky to get a table. The great thing is that you can share very well here. The three of us always shared a large pizza and had it covered according to our personal wishes. And big here really means big. Typically America. Our pizza was served on huge aluminum plates.

Address: 1 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, United States.

Opening times: Sunday to Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday until midnight.

Price: Small pizza (6 pieces for 1-2 people) base with fresh mozzarella, tomato sauce, and basil $ 17. Additional toppings $ 2-4. Large pizza base (8 pieces for 3-4 people $ 19. Please note that only cash payments are possible here.

Smorgasburg Food Market

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Unfortunately, we have not yet captured a good tip. But the Smorgasburg Market in Brooklyn has been on my personal to-do list for New York for years.

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Actually, Smorgasburg is not a market, but rather a food fair. You can try out all kinds of culinary experiences at over 100 stands. No matter if typically Italian, Japanese noodles, or American style. Foodie dreams come true here. Incidentally, the “Smorga” is the largest weekly open-air food market in America.

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Summer Smorgasburg takes place outdoors in Williamsburg and Prospect Park. In winter, a kind of winter market opens in Williamsburg. Smorgasburg attracts over 30,000 people every week. So here it is getting ahead quickly. Nevertheless, an absolute highlight that you should definitely visit. Don’t eat anything before you go here, you’re guaranteed to want to try more than you can actually eat.

Address: 90 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, United States.

Opening times: Saturday and/or Sunday. Be sure to check out the website to see how the current opening times are for each location.

Price: From to, depending on the stand. There is something for every budget. Be sure to take cash with you, not every stand has a card payment device.

Union Square Greenmarket

It doesn’t get any fresher. Be sure to enjoy a stroll through a farmers market.

Several times a week, part of Union Square is transformed into an open-air market. Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., producers from the region offer their products for sale.

It is particularly positive that everything is organic here. Some stands even work with solar panels to supply their stands with electricity. Up to 140 stalls offer fruit, vegetables, finished products, baked goods, flowers, and other foods.

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If you don’t necessarily go to the market on a Saturday, Union Square will get really crowded. Otherwise, grab a coffee to go, stroll across the square, ideally enjoy a few rays of sunshine and enjoy the flair of New York.

Address: E 17th St &, Union Square W, New York, NY 10003, United States.

Opening times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Price: It is certainly not cheap here. But here you only get small appetizers, which also saves the travel budget.

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