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Travel Tips for New York City Foodies: 7 Places to Visit for Food Loving Travelers

By    |   Monday, 12 Jan 2015 07:40 PM

Food-loving travelers in New York City will find many opportunities to sample cuisine from all cultures and at every price level, from street vendors to the finest high-end restaurants.

The challenge, in fact, for foodies may be in determining how to sample all the types of food New York City has to offer.

Here are a few of the top spots for food adventurers in the Big Apple:

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1. One of the top spots in NYC for foodies is Di Fara, according to USA Today, famous for "what New York does best: pizza." It’s in Brooklyn on a quiet street, nothing fancy, where you’ll find the owner cutting fresh basil with scissors to put on each pizza.

2. In second place on the USA Today list is Sushi Nakazawa, which is run by an apprentice of the chef from the movie "Jiro Dreams of Sushi," and offers food to which The New York Times gave "a highly coveted four stars." Make a reservation, though, exactly one month in advance online.

3. For fine dining, TimeOut.com puts out a list of the top restaurants in New York City. The list includes Eleven Madison Park, which the website called a "vast Art Deco jewel" and "one of the city’s most rarified and progressive eateries." The tasting menu dining experience includes "dazzling showmanship" at the tableside, and its food has earned the restaurant a place on the list of the top 50 restaurants in the world.

4. Another much-loved fine dining restaurant is The Kitchen at Brooklyn Fare, which features a "luxurious, 15-course meal" of small-plate cuisine, TimeOut said. "Diners perch on stools around a prep table, the menu changes daily, and wine is BYOB," the website said. "A Kumamoto oyster reclines on crème fraîche and yuzu gelée; halibut is served in a miraculous broth of dashi and summer truffles. For dessert: an airy parfait layering mango mousse, coconut froth, candied cashews and rum-soaked brioche."

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5. Trip Advisor ranks Juni as No. 1 of all New York City restaurants, with one customer saying on the site, "Foodie heaven." "Juni is Latin for 'June,' the height of the growing season. The cuisine's philosophy is grounded by nature. The highest quality ingredients are hand-selected from trusted farms and foragers, and prepared with minimal manipulation, so as to preserve their natural beauty and flavor on the plate," according to the restaurant's website.

"Diners can choose to experience Chef Hergatt's cuisine via a six- or four-course tasting menu of their own choosing, or enjoy a ten-course prix fixe designed by the chef," the website states.

6. TimeOut also takes a look at the best "cheap eats" in New York City, if your budget can’t stand fine dining every day. From Hamilton's Luncheonette, where you'll be whisked back to a 1940s diner complete with milkshakes, to Ivan Ramen, where the double-soup ramen bowls are well-known, you’ll find food to love on this list.

7. Take a time-out for a New York urban eating adventure called "Tenements, Tales and Tastes." These walking tours that sample food as a tour guide walks you through different neighborhoods get rave reviews on Trip Advisor:

"Whilst walking the Settlement areas of Lower East Side we tasted authentic Dutch (waffle biscuit), Chinese (dumplings), Italian (fresh mozzarella), Jewish (knipf) and finally German beer in wonderful well researched places you were very unlikely to find as a tourist. Dave's knowledge of local history is extensive, and he was ready with informative answers to all our questions and not relying on any pre-prepared script — we all enjoyed his friendly and witty company," one reviewer wrote.

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