Unique NYC Foods You Should Try At Least Once

It’s 11:58 and you know what time it is — time to figure out what it is you’re going to have for lunch. If you’ve found yourself constantly clicking the “re-order” button, or going next door for that bodega sandwich again it’s time to shake up your routine. Wake up your tastebuds by trying one of these weird dishes that call NYC home.

Ramen Burger-

Admittedly the Ramen Burger isn’t the picture of healthy eating… but with everything delicious and salty, crunchy on the outside and warm and meaty on the inside, we feel like you can squeeze it in for a weekend lunch. Get it at Smorgasburg!

Cereal Milk- .

Everyone knows that the best part of sugary, guilty pleasure cereal is drinking the milk after. Enter: Momofuku Milk Bar’s Cereal Milk. We won’t judge if you sneak a bottle of this semi-milkshake substance into your office and call it breakfast, especially if your office is near one of Momofuku Milk Bar’s many locations including Greenwich Village, The Upper West Side, and Midtown .

The Cronut-

We’ve all heard about the infamous cronut, but can you say that you’ve tried it? Take the flakey and buttery deliciousness of a croissant and put it in the whimsical circular shape that is a donut. If you haven’t been late to work while waiting on line at Dominique Ansel, we’re not really sure if you’re a true foodie (especially if your office is in SoHo

Avocado Toast-

Although it seems very simple, Avocado toast is actually brilliant because it combines everything you love into one crunchy, fresh, and creamy bite. Cafe Gitane claims to have one of the best avo-toasts in the city, or you could just leave a few avocados and loaf of bread in your office kitchen for the same effect. Breakfast. Lunch. Done.


Everybody loves the design-your-own-meal platform (think: Chipotle.), and there’s a new player in town: Potatopia. Potatopia is the meal lunches are made of, every type of potato (tator tots! sweet potato fries! mashed potatoes) combines with any topping you can imagine to ensure you’re in a carb induced bliss by 3pm. If your office is in Greenwich Village, you’re in luck. Potatopia just opened a location for you to enjoy the potato goodness you deserve.

Lobster Roll-

The summer is perfect for sitting at the New England beaches, cocktail in hand, enjoying the nice ocean breeze. Unfortunately for you you’re in your office. Luckily for you eating a lobster roll is sort of second best. The lobster roll from the Red Hook Lobster Pound is one worth dishing out a few extra bucks for. Although it may be a little pricey, this delicacy will have you dreaming of the beach all summer long.

Unique Flavored Donuts-

Although the donut is losing popularity after the cupcake and the cronut, don’t be mistaken, this breakfast classic still has it going on especially with new and improved flavors like Tres Leches or Carrot Cake. Grab a few of these at Doughnut Plant at their Chelsea location.

Soft Serve Fruit-

Out with fro-yo and in with soft serve fruit. Chloe’s is in Union Square and serves up a range of all natural flavors from cranberry, mango, pineapple, and even dark chocolate. Every serving is made from predominantly fruit and water with just a touch of cane sugar for the health conscious on your team. If Chloe’s doesn’t inspire you to treat your sweet tooth while keeping your body summer ready, we don’t know what will.

Grilled Cheese-

Although this may not seem like a “food trend” per say grilled cheese will always remind us of everything good in the world giving it a deserving spot on this list. Perhaps what makes grilled cheese trendy now is the not-your-mom’s approach that still delivers a bit of comfort for when your boss is on your last nerves (again.) Head on over to Milk Truck and decide for yourself.

Asia Dog-

There’s something intriguing about creating a twist on an American classic. Asia Dog (which is now featured at Smorgasburg) uses Asian inspiration and takes toppings such as kimchi and seaweed flakes and puts them on a hot dog. If you’re the kind of person that can’t decide what you really want from seamless (your go to Chinese? diner food?) than Asia Dog might be the choice for you.

Originally published at www.thesquarefoot.com on May 27, 2015.