There are plenty of perfectly acceptable ways to “experience” New York City. I’ve found the best all begin with your stomach, and your feet. To really, truly experience the city, you get yourself outside and devour its spectacular menu of cultures from the finely woven tablecloth of its neighborhoods, in caloric... uh... form. I’m talking about eating. Like, food.
This is my opinion, but it’s an informed one. For one thing, I am a large New York boy who has eaten many things. For another, I host FOOD/GROUPS, Thrillist’s YouTube series that explores the deep, delicious relationships between communities and the cuisine by which they define themselves. We just wrapped Season 1 (watch it all right here!), which included half a dozen filmed right here in NYC.
If you’d like to spend your visit exploring New York City’s multitudinous food identities, I humbly submit these videos for your immediate consumption. The best part: Once you’re in the city, all of these spots are a $2.75 MetroCard swipe away by train and bus.