There are only a few cities in this world that I truly consider metropolitan cities. New York is one of them. The other three are London, Tokyo and Hong Kong.
I have to say that New York is one of my favorite metropolitan cities in the world. I used to frequent the Big Apple a few times a year. During my trips, I was able to pick up some great eats and some not so great eats. New York is a city that’s always on the move, so having a quick meal is essential for people’s busy schedules. I’ve eaten at a decent amount of the restaurants in New York without being an actual New Yorker. I’m talking about street vendors, mom n’ pop shops, mid-tier, and Michelin rated restaurants.
However, with every list, there is always going to be someone saying, “How did you leave so and so off the list?” Well, the answer is quite easy. It’s either we haven’t had it or we didn’t think it met our requirements. Without any further ado, here is our essential quick eats list:
- Prince St Pizza – Prince St Pizza is my favorite pizzeria in New York. It’s located in Nolita in Lower East Side. They have the best Sicilian squares in all of New York. The tangy tomato sauce with their spicy pepperoni, fresh moz, and crispy burnt dough is divine. I usually bring back two pies whenever I leave New York.
- Di Fara Pizza – Di Fara Pizza is a bit of a journey from Manhattan. It’s located in Brooklyn and the same man has been making the pizza for decades. He takes his time so it’s a good idea to grab whatever that’s available. The flat pizza is the way to go. The burnt crispy dough with the heavy handed olive oil, fresh vegetables and moz has my mouth watering right now.
- Super Taste – It’s located at the border of Chinatown and Lower Eastside. They make quality beef noodles for dirt cheap in a city known for their high prices. The sour yet soothing broth with the tender morsels of beef will protect anyone from the brutal New York blizzards.
- The Halal Guys – The famous food cart that every foodie talks about. The Halal Guys have expanded nationwide but the license stores do not live up to the original. Everyone who has had the original will tell you that the cart on 7th and 53rd does it the best. Lastly, the value is incredible.
- Xian Famous Foods – Xian Famous Foods makes fresh hand-pulled noodles. They have multiple locations in Manhattan and the line moves fairly quick. The fluffy dough on top of the sour sauce with chunks of meat is tasty when it’s just prepared.
- Russ & Daughters – The iconic Russ & Daughters serves great bagels. It’s really pricey for a salmon bagel, but the ingredients are fresh. The key thing is to make sure the bagel is toasted, so it has the crunch in every bite.
- Totto Ramen – Since I first ate here, Totto Ramen has expanded to three locations in the Midtown area. However, the original location is still the best. Also, Totto could be a quick meal depending on what time you arrive. My suggestion would be to come 30 minutes before they open to put your name on the wait list. Once they open, you will be one of the first in the restaurant and the food is serve instantly. The whole meal doesn’t take more than 20 minutes.
- Ichiran Ramen – This is a bit of a journey if you’re in Manhattan. However, the meal doesn’t take long. Ichiran Ramen has one of the best ramen in the world. The Shinjuku location is my favorite. However, the Brooklyn one is comparable in taste and quality except the price. The price is double, but it’s still tasty.
- Clinton Street Baking Company – The best time to go to Clinton for their blueberry pancakes is in the morning on a weekday before they open. They have one of the best pancakes in the world. The sweet blueberries on top of their signature fluffy pancakes are enough to have any kid smile. It’s cash only.
- Artichoke Basille – In my opinion, they have the 2nd or 3rd best flat pizza in New York. The crab pizza is divine. It’s rich in flavor with a chewy dough. There’s nothing like it in the world. The East Village location is the most popular one.
As you can tell, I’m a big fan of carbs. Those are our essential quick eats for New York. We will be adding more New York related places in the future. Let us know if you have any other recommendations in the comment sections!