New York Food and Wine Tours

The Big Apple- What more can we say?

On the mouth of the Hudson river, New York has earned its nickname as the city that never sleeps for good reason. The Empire State BuildingThe Statue of LibertyTimes Square - the place is brimming with global icons. Day or night you’ll never be short of things to do here, whether that’s exploring the financial hub of Wall Street, taking in a show on Broadway or wandering through the iconic Central Park. The Big Apple’s millions of residents have created a melting pot of culture, language, and cuisine, and it’s easy to see why New York has made its name as the world’s premier tourist destination.

Luckily for you, New York’s foodie scene is growing by the day. Seasonal, locally-grown ingredients are both trendy and practical, with plenty of restaurants using their own freshly grown, rooftop garden produce and a sustainable eating craze driving business to upstate farms and local meat and seafood suppliers. Aside from that, independent traders can be found pursuing all kind of culinary delights, from coffee roasting to chocolate and cheese making, while many New York bars are taking on creative themes. Out on the streets the foodie scene continues to thrive too; tantalising food-trucks and street vendors bring tastes from all over the world.

The electric mix of nationalities in New York has meant that certain areas of the city have become renowned for particular cuisines. Chinatown is a big favourite, but most famous is without question Little Italy. In the 1880s, immigrants from Naples and Sicily arrived from across the Atlantic, and their descendants continue to spread the same culinary influence. The Italian cuisine legacy lives on during the annual feast of San Gennaro, which runs for eleven days through September, with music, displays, and outstanding street food. Whatever time of the year you venture to New York, having a delicious, traditional pizza in Little Italy is a must.

While the gastronomic delights of Little Italy, Chinatown and Harlem are not to be missed, there are also plenty of dishes that originated from the Big Apple worth trying. The New York cheesecake, for example, has been around since colonial times and shows no sign of disappearing anytime soon. A thick layer of cream cheese, cream and flavoured with a dash of vanilla sits on top of a crumbly biscuit base. Another classic is fried chicken and waffles - yes, on the same plate - which may seem like an unusual combination, but has been popular with New Yorkers since the 1940s. Bagels are another New York staple, having originally been introduced by Polish Jewish immigrants.

Stopping at a street vendor and buying one of New York’s famous hotdogs, while not the most glamorous of dishes, should be seen as a foodie rite of passage. Cover it with fried onions, mustard and tomato sauce for a traditional lunch on the go, and you’ll quickly realise why it’s so popular among the city’s workers.

A trip to New York can feel like a whirlwind with a never-ending list of things to do. But taking time out to enjoy the Big Apple’s culinary delights is a shortcut to experiencing the incredible diversity to be found here. It’s a concrete jungle teeming with creativity and imagination; where better to savour the world’s most inventive mix of global cuisines?

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