New York, NY

I’ve just arrived home from another box-ticking, memory-filled trip.
The highlight again being New York.
Not just because I got to marry my best friend there in not one but two of the most beautiful spaces I’ve ever been in, or that I was lucky enough to have so many of my closest family and friends there to celebrate, eat and see the sights with, but because NYC has had my heart since my first visit and being able to experience it with all the people I love most in the world, made it the best experience of my life so far.

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I’ve often heard New York City referred to as the food capital of the world.
This had me curious as to the food capital of NYC.
For those that don’t know, the city is made up of five areas referred to as ‘boroughs’; Manhattan, The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island.
Having only really ventured around Manhattan, briefly around Brooklyn and even more briefly around The Bronx, my curiosity took me to google to find out just how many eateries there are in New York City and where a majority of the best are situated.

In 2015 there were 43,681 eating and drinking establishments recorded for nyc.
So when you compare that against 35,911 recorded for not just Sydney but all of Australia.. Holy shit!
Having done the math, it may only take me 30-40 years to eat my way though the big apple but it can be done. Never say never.

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For every corner there’s a coffee shop, bagel or hot dog stand. Every side street a cool eatery, grocery store or deli. Every neighbourhood unlimited restaurants, bars and pubs. Certainly no judgment from me on time you will most likely spend procrastinating over your options.

I’m the worst when it comes to decisions, especially where food is concerned.
I always want more than one thing and I generally leave it until the last second to make my mind up. Or the waiter comes to me first before I’ve had sufficient time to stress over my options and quickly and sometimes not so politely I wave them on insisting I’ll be ready last. Once decision is made, I tend to get fomo and proceed to suggest sharing to minimise regret over said decision.

For those that don’t know, ‘FOMO’, aka ‘fear of missing out’ – is a slang term for a state of mental or emotional strain caused by the fear of missing out.

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If like most travellers you have limited time in each location sometimes it’s best to plan ahead. Make a list of sights, eateries, bars and other to-do’s so you spend your time wisely. Being an avid review reader and search engine enthusiast, I’ve compiled a list of where I’ve been and what’s on my list for next time that I feel you shouldn’t miss when you visit.

Baohaus 🍣
Roberts pizza 🍕
Randolph beer – serve your own 🍻
Pig and Khao – Pad Thai pancakes 🌶🥞
The Smith – Mac & Cheese 🧀🍝
Levain Bakery 🍪🍪
El toro blanco 🌮
MJ steakhouse 🐮
Lavo 🍖🍾🥃
Patrizias 🍝🍕
Charlie Palmers Steakhouse 🐮
Kola house 🍹🍗🍔
AOC – French Resteraunt 🐌🥖🥐
Chikaliciois 🍮🍦🍰
Cha Cha matcha 🍵
Buns Bar Burgers 🍔
Vinnies Pizza 🍕🍕
Meatball Shop 🍝
Bb.q Chicken 🍖🍗
LAN Larb Thai 🌶🍜
Burrito box 🌮
Momofuku 🍜🌶
Oppa New Korean Market 🍝🍗🍲🌮
Blue Ribbon Chicken 🍗🍖
Sarges Deli 🌯🥒🥗
Wow Fulls 🎂🍧🍭
Black Tap 🍗🍻
Luke’s Lobster 🦐
BarPitti 🍝
Balthazar 🥓🍳
Buddakan 🐲
International Wings Factory 🐥
Wagamama Noodle Bar 🍜
Le Boite En Bois 👨🏻
Big Mozz 🧀
Lombardis Pizza 🍕
Prontito Hot Dogs 🌭
Le Rivage 🐌
Sushisamba 🍣
Toms Restaurant – Seinfeld 🥓🍳
Koronet Pizza 🍕
Mr Bing – Peking Duck Pancakes 🥞
Katz’s Deli 🍔
Pommes Frites 🍟
Empire Diner 🍧
China Town 🍣
J.G Melon Burgers 🍔
Tony Boloneys 🍕
The Ainsworth 🍔🍗🍻
Crif dogs 🌭
Le Coucou 🐌
Jack’s Wife Freda  🥓🍳
Robertas Pizza🍕
Mexico 2000 Williamsburg 🌮
Sons of Essex 🍗🐮🥃🍹🍸
Beauty & Essex  🍗🐮🥃🍹🍸