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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to New York is complete without tasting the traditional New York food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in New York to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.


  • Eggs Benedict: it consists of two halves of an English muffin, topped with ham or bacon, poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce.
  • Oysters Rockefeller: consists of oysters on the half-shell that have been topped with various other ingredients and are then baked or broiled.



  • Waldorf salad: made of fresh apples, celery and walnuts, dressed in mayonnaise, and usually served on a bed of lettuce.

Main courses

  • Lobster Newberg: an American seafood dish made from lobster, butter, cream, cognac, sherry, eggs, and Cayenne pepper.
  • General Tso's chicken: a sweet, deep-fried chicken dish.
  • Steak Diane: pan-fried filet mignon with a sauce made from the seasoned pan juices.
  • Pasta primavera: a dish that consists of pasta and fresh vegetables.
  • Kebobs: bite-size chunks, threaded on a skewer, are quick cooking and extra flavorful.


Fast food

  • Bagels and lox: toasted bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon.
  • Knish: it consists of a filling covered with dough that is either baked, grilled, or deep fried.
  • New York Hard Roll: a typically crusty round roll made from wheat flour, barm, malt, water and salt.
  • New York-style pastrami:traditional New York pastrami is made from the navel end of the brisket.
  • New York-style Pizza: it is known for its large, wide, thin and foldable shape.

Street food

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

  • Cel-Ray: a soft drink with a celery flavor.
  • Egg Cream: a beverage consisting of chocolate syrup, milk, and soda water.
  • Yoo-Hoo: an American chocolate beverage.

Drinks (Alcoholic)


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