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3 Famous New York City Foods You Need To Try

Alyssa Atkinson

These are the ones you don't want to skip.

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New York City is well known as the city that never sleeps. People are constantly sightseeing, exercising, working, and enjoying the city life as well as the atmosphere and energy.

Still, they somehow find time to chow down on all kinds of delicious foods. Each city definitely has their own unique foods to try, and New York City is certainly no different. While they do have many of the popular foods that you will find commonly in cities all across the United States, they also have a variety of unique foods to try.

Whether you are a New York City local, a tourist, or simply just passing through the city, there are some popular food stops you might want to make while you are there.

As someone who loves cooking, baking, and going out and trying unique foods myself, I have researched three famous New York City foods that you just might want to try once it becomes safe to do so. Here they are.

1. The taco salad at this vegan eatery.

Many people recommend the restaurant called By CHLOE as a hot local vegan food spot. It has a bunch of different mouthwatering vegan options, and the taco salad is a very popular pick. In fact, at By CHLOE:

"Vegan never looked so good. After eating this, you’ll probably want to start eating vegan all the time."

At By CHLOE, you can get all kinds of American classic foods, only better because they are vegan, plant-based, and more environmentally friendly. They have:

  • Burgers
  • Fries
  • Cookies
  • Cupcakes
  • + Much More

By CHLOE is a successful vegan hot spot that is located in New York City, among some other larger cities, so it is a spot you won't want to miss when you visit the big apple.

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2. Check out Levain Bakery.

Levain Bakery may be well known for their thick cookies, but for a healthier, vegan option, check out their freshly baked bread. The bakery offers many different options for pastries, cookies, and breads, so there is much to choose from. This bakery is a huge hotspot in New York City, and it should definitely be on your radar the next time you visit.

The Levain Bakery website states:

"While our cookies aren’t a good choice, our savory breads are a great option for vegans as they do not contain dairy or eggs. Another great vegan option is our Valrhona chocolate roll!"

The bakery offers a wide variety of different breads (availability depends on location), including:

  • Ciabatta
  • Country Baguette
  • Country Boule
  • Country Roll
  • Whole Grain Loaf
  • Whole Wheat Walnut Raisin Loaf
  • Whole Wheat Walnut Raisin Roll

So, no matter what your preference may be, odds are that you will find something there to suit your needs perfectly.

3. Head to Sol Sips.

Sol Sips is an especially unique restaurant because not only does is serve healthy food with a ton of different vegan options, but it also offers a sliding scale pay rate based on income level to be more inclusive for those who can't afford to spend a ton of money on a fancy dining experience. In fact,

"Tthis casual vegan spot in the heart of Bushwick is dedicated to make plant-based eating affordable and accessible not just to the neighborhood's newcomers but rather, lower-income community members who are often left out...fair pricing, a weekend brunch menu that is sliding scale (diners by based on their income level and what they can afford) but also through delicious versions of a bacon, egg and cheese or a tamarind jack fruit panini."

The sliding scale concept is one I have rarely heard of in the restaurant scene, and I think it is a cool idea, and likely one of the reasons that this spot has gotten some notice. Not only is it vegan, but it appears that the people who run/own this restaurant are truly trying to make healthy food more affordable to everyone, which can benefit people immensely.

Once it is safe to dine at restaurants, this might be a spot that you want to check out, especially if you enjoy healthy, vegan options that are readily available and potentially more affordable.

Final Thoughts

A big part of the experience when visiting a new place is checking out the food that they have to offer. This may seem more important when you are visiting another country, but I think it can also be a good practice for visiting a new city or state as well.

You can fully immerse yourself in the city, and find more of what the city has to offer by checking out the popular sites, foods, and more.

So, the next time you head to the city that never sleeps, consider adding these popular restaurants and food options to your itinerary.

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