One of the best parts about travelling is trying out the local cuisine. Not only are you introduced to the city’s culture, but you’re also given a taste of what it feels like to be at home. Hunting for delicacies in Manhattan’s Upper West Side restaurants in NYC is not just about looking for the best, but also finding the right price to match it with. You might take a while looking here and there for the right amount, but it’s well worth the adventure as the items on this list range from your local street snack to a full and hearty meal.
A cheap find for anyone looking for a light snack. Doubles are made up of puffed-out flatbread surrounding chickpea curry. The combination of sweet and spicy sauces makes it a simple morning wake-up meal or an afternoon delight.
The beef sausage was historically brought by German immigrants who turned the dogs into a favorite beach food near Coney Island. Topped off with a simple mix of mustard, mayonnaise, and ketchup hotdogs quickly turned into staple snacks for events and small breaks. The delicacy would range from being hot on the bun, on a stick, to becoming more intricate dishes from sliced to grilled. Hotdogs can be found in food carts, train terminals, and even featured as a special in some restaurants.
A great way to welcome your mornings, bagels can be confused as a pure bread creation, but its stuffing can include strawberry jam with a topping of butter. A great companion to early morning coffee, the mix of sugar and caffeine is a winning combination to start your day.
Sandwiches and wraps are common finds at stalls and subway stations. A quick bite to eat, subs are often a mix of the familiar and the unfamiliar. The Kasbah Grill’s Cajun Chicken Sub is a creative take which turns the entrée into a pocket meal.
With numerous franchise establishments selling their brand of chicken, you’d be curious to find out where they began. New York fried chicken was initially brought from the South, with a simple coating of seasoned flour deep fried in a skillet.
The Italians’ gift to New York in the 1950s which started an international debate of which is better, Italian or New York style pizza? The developed method in Manhattan changed the formula bit by bit through the generations and earned its place to make its own identity as the greasy cheese-laden pie that we all know and love.
Not all items on this list are heavy meals. White clam chowder has its roots in Native American culture that explains its seasoning of onions and bacon together with potatoes. Red clam chowder has a different history far beyond White Clam chowder’s roots. Brought by the Italian-Americans, the Clam Chowder is an iconic soup dish that’s seasoned with a tomato base and with a stinging taste of clam as its base.