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39 Delicious New York City Foods That Deserve More Hype

Congratulations, you've graduated from the Cronut-and-Katz's pastrami level of your NYC eating education. In this advanced class, we'll explore lesser-known and often overlooked foods that actually taste better anyway.

1. Patacones at Cachapas Y Mas

2. Sesame Pancake at Vanessa's Dumplings

3. Egg, Cheese, and Chorizo Sandwich at Eggs Travaganza


The East 50s are basically a barren desert when it comes to food that tastes good and doesn't cost as much as a plane ticket. The Eggs Travaganza truck (silly name aside), parked daily on 52nd and Park, is the desert's oasis. An oasis in the form of fresh chorizo and hot carbohydrates with egg and cheese in the middle. A pretty good oasis. (Northeast corner of Park Ave. and 52nd St., Manhattan)

4. Peking Duck Bun at Corner 28

5. Royale With Cheese at Royale

Debate all you want about the best burger in town — this one is at the top of the list. Plus, it's called the Royale With Cheese! Also on site: "bacon picklebacks" and a nice garden in the back. (157 Ave. C, Manhattan)

6. Two Doubles at A&A Bake and Doubles Shop

7. Perfect Little Egg Sandwich at Dominique Ansel


The cronut turned Dominique Ansel into an international celebrity and his bakery into a madhouse with lines stretching to New Jersey, but did you know he also makes a great little egg sandwich? (He calls it "perfect"). And you don't have to wait in the stupid cronut line for it. (189 Spring St., Manhattan)

8. Sandwich at Alidoro

9. Wontons In Chili Oil at White Bear


I mean, just look at it. (135-02 Roosevelt Ave., Queens)

10. Soba at Cocoron

11. Peel Noodles at Sheng Wang

Hillary Reinsberg

The deliciously chewy, slippery peel noodles at Sheng Wang, a mostly tourist-free noodle shop on Eldridge, are hand-cut with a knife so that they end up in jagged uneven strips. (3 Eldridge St., Manhattan)

12. Pierogies at Lomzynianka

13. Spicy And Sour Lamb Dumplings at Xi'An Famous Foods

14. Ramen at Benkei Ramen

15. Pumpkin Bun at Golden Steamer

16. Date, Lime, and Banana Smoothie at Taim

17. Takoyaki at Otafuku

18. Chickpea Fries at Peacefood Cafe

19. Arepas at The Arepa Lady

20. Carte De Musica at John Dory Oyster Bar

21. Chocolate Babka at Breads Bakery

22. Cheetos Macaron at Macaron Parlor


Macarons are everywhere. Cheetos macarons are not everywhere. ( 111 St. Marks Pl., Manhattan & 560 Columbus Ave., Manhattan)

23. Almond Croissant at Almondine

24. Gelato at A.B. Biagi

25. Black Sesame Ice Cream at The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

26. Swingle at Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pie

27. Cream Puff at Caprices By Sophie

28. Carrot Cake at Lloyd's Carrot Cake

29. Pesto Slice at Dani's House Of Pizza

30. M.O.R. Pizza at Denino's

A perfect iteration of Staten Island thin crust pizza. BTW, M.O.R. stands for meatball onion ricotta. (524 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island)

31. Square Slice at L&B Spumoni Gardens

32. Tacos at Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos

33. Breakfast Burrito at Stan's Cafecito

34. Smoked Salmon at Acme Smoked Fish

35. Banh Xeo at Bún-Ker Vietnamese

36. Mozzarella at Casa Della Mozzarella

37. Sushi at Bugs


There are dozens of places to eat creative sushi in New York, but nowhere will it be as much fun as at the homey Bugs in the East Village, run by Sho Boo, one of the city's few female sushi chefs. (504 E 12th St., Manhattan)

38. Ghenet Combination at Ghenet

39. Grits at SCRATCHbread