There are way too many reasons to visit New York City to list them all but our favorite one has to be the sheer variety of cuisines that the Big Apple has to offer to both its residents and tourists. Whether you want to try out Michelin-starred dishes or you are in the mood for a bowl of delicious ramen from a hole-in-the-wall joint, New York has it all. Because the city has always been such a melting pot of cultures, you can satisfy any food craving you have and you probably won’t have to walk more than just a few blocks.
In fact, food diversity is such an integral part of New York City’s cultural landscape and history, that tasting some of its most iconic dishes is just as mandatory as a stroll in Central Park or a visit to the Met.
So if you are craving a New York cheese slice or biting into one of Katz’s Deli’s juicy Reuben sandwiches, we’ve got some great news for you. You can have some of the city’s most beloved foods delivered straight to your door in a matter of days or sometimes hours. So we hope you are hungry because we rounded up New York City’s most iconic spots that ship their fare nationwide.
Start your day with classic cream cheese and lox bagel from Zucker’s—the quintessential New York breakfast. Owners Dan Pace and Matt Pomerantz founded the neighborhood bagel shop in 2006 in TriBeCa and it quickly became a favorite of New Yorkers. The reason? Every bagel is hand-rolled and kettle-boiled to chewy perfection. They source the smoked salmon from Acme Smoked Fish in Brooklyn that uses an old family recipe to cure the hand-cut salmon.
To order from Zucker’s, click here.
Late every evening more than a million pounds of fresh fish, most of it fished domestically, arrives at America’s oldest fish market in New York City to be sold and distributed among the city’s best restaurants. Lucky for us, we don’t have to be there to get our hands on some of it. While the physical Fulton Fish Market has now moved from Manhattan to the Bronx, its online home is open for business from anywhere in the country. Whether you are craving some fresh wild clams or Mediterranean bronzini, FultonFishMarket.com will deliver it to your home in no time. Paella night just got a whole lot better!
To order from FultonFishMarket.com, click here.
You can get a slice of pizza pretty much anywhere in New York City but if you want to taste the best slice of New York pizza, you come to Di Fara, founded over 50 years ago by Italian pizza maker Domenico DeMarco in Midwood, Brooklyn. What makes Di Fara’s pizza stand out in a city where pizza joints can be found on pretty much every corner? As any chef would tell you, it’s all about the quality of the ingredients. Di Fara imports its Casapulla mozzarella, San Marzano tomatoes, and extra virgin olive oil directly from Italy. And of course, there’s the dough that DeMarco once said is the most important part of the pizza.
To order from Di Fara, click here.
Cupcakes may be the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the name Magnolia Bakery—and we admit, they do taste divine—but if you haven’t tried this pastry shop’s (seriously addictive) banana pudding, their carrot cake or German chocolate cake (our list goes on and on) made freshly on-site, then you have really missed on a quintessential epicurean New York experience. Thankfully, Magnolia Bakery now ships nationwide so you can try all of the above—and more—and satisfy your sweet tooth with some delicious pastries and cakes.
To order from Magnolia Bakery, click here.
Thick slices of hand-carved pastrami, Swiss cheese, some sauerkraut and a dash of Russian dressing between two slices of rye bread may seem like a simple enough sandwich but when that sandwich comes from New York’s most famous deli, Katz’s Delicatessen on the Lower East Side, it’s a whole other thing.
The eatery has been around for more than a hundred years—a testament to the quality of its meats but most of all, to the special place it has in New Yorkers’ hearts who flock to the deli at all hours of the day (and night since the deli is open until 2:30 am).
To order from Katz’s Delicatessen, click here.
Cheesecake, pizza, and bagels are the Holy Trinity of New York food, and when it comes to the best cheesecake in the Big Apple, the only name that comes to our mind is Junior’s.
“Creamy but not heavy, light without falling apart as you take a forkful,” is how Junior’s describe its most popular dessert for which tourists and New Yorkers alike line up to get a slice of. And you should, too.
To order from Junior’s, click here.
Ask any New Yorker who makes the best cookies in town and we can guarantee the majority will direct you to Levain Bakery. Founded 25 years ago by friends Pam Weekes and Connie McDonald while they were training for an Ironman competition, the pastry shop attracts customers with its heavenly delicious crispy-on-the-outside-gooey-on-the-inside cookies. They currently offer four flavors—dark chocolate chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, dark chocolate peanut butter chip, and chocolate chip walnut—and we suggest you try every single one of them.
To order from Levain Bakery, click here.
No visit to New York City is complete without a stop at Ferrara Bakery in Little Italy. The family-owned pastry shop dates back to 1892 and has always delighted its patrons with the impressive assortment (over 200) and quality of Italian specialties. Their hand-filled mini cannolis and tri-color cookies will make you skip dinner and go straight for dessert. The bakery also ships traditional savory dishes such as eggplant Parmigiana and lasagna prepared freshly on-site.
To order from Ferrara bakery, click here.
Van Leeuwen may not be as age-old as some bakeries and pastry shops in New York City—the company started out as an ice cream truck in 2008—but it already has a cult following among New Yorkers and visitors alike. Its artisanal ice cream is made from scratch in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, with only four ingredients—fresh hormone- and antibiotic-free milk and cream, cane sugar, and egg yolks sourced from small producers around the globe. Van Leeuwen also offers vegan ice cream prepared with handmade cashew and coconut milk.
To order from Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, click here.
Swirls of decadent chocolate in between layers of sweet dough baked to perfection—do we have your attention? Breads Bakery, with its handmade pastries and artisanal bread, is a staple in New York City but its famous chocolate babka is the star of the show.
The bakery now has three locations in the Big Apple but if you’re not planning a trip there anytime soon, take advantage of their nationwide shipping and you can be munching on a slice of babka in no time (the bakery offers express overnight shipping).
To order from Breads Bakery, click here.