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Where to eat “New York-style” for less

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Bagels – Blueberry, onion, cheese, sesame seed, chocolate chip…the list goes on for the different flavours of bagels available in New York. Some of the most famous places to get your own fluffy hunk of dough include:

  • Bagel Buffet – 406 Sixth Avenue, NYC
  • Bagel Hole – 400 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn
  • Bagel Oasis – 18312 Horace Harding Expressway, Queens

Pizza – New York-style pizza is large, thin, cheesy, light on the sauce and most likely eaten folded right down the middle. The first pizzeria in the United States, Lombardi’s, opened in 1905 and is still open today. Make your way to Little Italy to be bombarded with pizza options or try one of the following famous pizzerias:

  • Lombardi’s – 32 Spring Street, Little Italy, Manhattan
  • Di Fara Pizza – 1424 Avenue J,  Brooklyn
  • Grimaldi’s – 1 Front Street, Brooklyn (under the Brooklyn Bridge)

Black and White Cookies – Half and half cookies, drop cake, half-moon…call it what you want, these biscuits are considered the unofficial New York snack. The most popular places to try one of these fondant topped treats:

  • Glaser’s Bake Shop – 1670 First Avenue ($1.50/cookie)
  • William Greenberg’s Dessert – 1100 Madison Avenue
  • Nussbaum & Wu – 2897 Broadway

Deli sandwich – New York is famous for its delicatessens, known just as “delis”. Stop by for a meaty sandwich to take away or stay a while in one of these famous delis. The most authentic order is pastrami, swiss cheese, and sauerkraut, be sure not to forget the pickles!

  • 2nd Ave Deli – 162 East 33rd Street
  • Katz’s Delicatessen – 205 East Houston Street
  • Carnegie Deli – 854 7th Avenue

New York-style cheesecake – Not for the calorie conscious, the New York-style cheesecake’s main ingredient is thick cream, which gives it a dense, creamy consistency. Try a monstrous slice in one of the following pastry shops:

  • S & S Cheesecake – 222 West 238th Street, Bronx
  • Two Little Red Hens – 1652 2nd Avenue, Upper East Side
  • Veniero’s Pasticceria & Café – 342 East 11th Street, East Village

Street Vendors – With over 20,000 street vendors in New York City selling a plethora of pickings to crave your hunger you’re bound to make a stop or two. Don’t know what to order? Try a true New York favourite: a hot dog served with sauerkraut, sweet relish, onion sauce or mustard.

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