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How to Eat Like a Local in New York City
Scott and I have called various parts of NYC home for 14-plus years now, which, besides dating us considerably, means we've eaten quite a lot in this fair town of ours. It was here, after all, where my own love for food, and for experiencing foods from far-flung cultures, blossomed to the point of obsession, and where we've moved whole neighborhoods, boroughs even, largely to surround ourselves with more interesting, authentic global eats. Within this article, I’ve detailed much of what I’d send to any friend/acquaintance/reader who writes me asking what and where to eat while in New York (of course, I always send along EYW’s NYC regional-food guide, too). Happy eating!
Smoked fish at Russ & Daughters
Back when Manhattan was still ridden with crime and undesirables, New York City was easier for tourists to manage. A Broadway show, a nice French or Italian meal, Central Park, the Met, maybe a Yankees game—there were things you did and places you just didn’t go. Nowadays, though, the safer, cleaner, friendlier New York covers a lot more ground: Destination restaurants (and parks and museums) are scattered throughout most of the five boroughs. Brooklyn is practically a requirement. Cool new places open daily in hot new neighborhoods, and there are bike shares to help you get between them. Delineations exist for what’s old-school and hipster and authentic and a rip-off, and how on earth is a visitor supposed to navigate the difference?
Fortunately, you don’t have to do it all. But there’s no excuse for poor or overpriced eating in New York City. To eat like a local, follow these guidelines.Read more
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