New York City is definitely one of the foodie capitals of the world. It’s one of the few places you can get anything from Thai fried rice to Indian roti roll at 3 o’clock in the morning. Since I had to cancel my Spring Break travel plans I’m looking forward to eating my way through New York in the meantime. Here are a few of my recommendations!
Jamaica and the UK
The Edge Harlem is a hot spot for drinks, weekend brunch, or dinner. Run by two Jamaican-British sisters, the restaurant serves a New York take on Caribbean and English cuisine. Fun fact: The chic and rustic space is inside a building that was once a meeting place for poets like Langston Hughes and others figures of the Harlem Renaissance. So get ready to feel ~inspired~ and #artistic as you enjoy jerk chicken or fish and chips with a rum punch.
Taverna Kyclades is a Greek restaurant with multiple locations in the city. I’m most familiar with their original location in Astoria, Queens, a neighborhood famous for its Greek population. After eating here I was surprised to learn that I like octopus! There’s a wide selection of grilled fish and seafood as well as dips and spreads. You might have to wait in line or make a reservation, but it’s worth it. Enjoy!
Num Pang has a location inside Chelsea Market in Manhattan. While they have a variety of rice bowls and salads, I come here for the Vietnamese sandwiches! I love the coconut tiger shrimp and I can’t wait to try the roasted cauliflower. While you’re here, be sure to check out the dozens of other food and dessert options in the market.
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“If you in NYC and haven’t been to @chefpierrethiam ‘s West African restaurant @itsteranga_ at @theafricacenter , what you doing!?” — @questlove @questlovesfood . We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Pictured: Jollof fonio, Black eyed pea salad, Kelewele, Roasted Moroccan Salmon, and Thiou (tomato stew) #WelcomeHome #ItsTeranga #QuestLovesFood 📸 @bonappetitmag @jesseasparks
Teranga is a Senegalese restaurant near Central Park. While I haven’t actually eaten here, I went to an event where the owner, Pierre Thiam, gave a lecture about sustainable African cuisine and showcased some of his dishes. It was fascinating and delicious. The restaurant’s website explains that “In Senegal, ‘Teranga’ is perhaps the most highly regarded value. Roughly translated, it means ‘good hospitality.’ In practice, Teranga reflects how one treats a guest — with open arms and a seat around the bowl.”
For more options of international New York cuisines check out Eataly NYC, Chinatown, and MacDougal Street. Bon appettit!! Now more than ever, make sure to support local businesses!