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New York City is home to thousands of restaurants, with unique food experiences at every price point and every type of cuisine. So many choices… so where to begin? The “foodies” at media outlet Travel Awaits sampled food at restaurants across the five boroughs and shared their top choices in a variety of categories.

Chinese food: MáLà Project, 122 1st Ave., New York, NY 10009. MáLà Project specializes in dry pot, a wok-fried dish with dozens of Chinese spices and herbs.

Bakery: Veniero’s Pasticceria, 342 E. 11th St. (Between 1st & 2nd Avenues), New York, NY 10003. Veniero’s was founded as a social club, but the bakery is best known for its quintessential New York-style cheesecake, cookies, cannoli, and cakes.

Churros: La Churreria, 284 Mulberry St., New York, NY 10012. La Churreria serves freshly-made, piping hot churros with hot dark chocolate sauce.

Falafel: Taim Kitchen, 11 Hoyt Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Taim prepares their award-winning dishes from scratch each day, with Mediterranean herbs and spices.

Italian food: Lunella Restaurant, 173 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013. Famous for its pasta alla Norma, Lunella offers “a place where you can live the true Italian experience from food and atmosphere.” The restaurant also showcases several events, including acoustic music, Jazz, Blues, LGBTQIA, DJ sets.

Vietnamese food: Thai Son, 89 Baxter St, New York, NY 10013. Pho and summer rolls are among the Vietnamese staples served at this no-frills restaurant.

Egg creams: Ray’s Candy Store, 113 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009. Open since 1974, Ray’s is a candy store with a wide array of fun and tasty treats.

Unique pizza: Matthew Kenney’s Double Zero, 65 Second Ave., New York, NY 10003. Double Zero offers a unique experience for the adventurous customer: vegan pizza with plant-based cheese.

Cheese: French Cheese Board, 56 Spring St, New York, NY 10012. French Cheese Board blends art, design and food in innovative forms for both the connoisseurs and the curious in search of the mystique and passion surrounding French cheese.

Gnocchi: Frank’s Restaurant, 88 2nd Ave., New York, NY, 10003. Featuring a wide variety of Italian cuisine, Frank’s gnocchi is a highlight for visiting foodies.

Bagels, cookies, etc.: Baz Bagels, 181 Grand St, New York, NY 10013. Baz offers a wide array of smoked fish, spreads and other “Jewish-style” cuisine, like latkes, matzoh ball soup and blintzes. Be sure to try their black and white cookies.

Donuts: Dough Doughnuts specializes in handmade artisanal donuts. The Donut Pub in Chelsea, featuring a maple bacon cronut. Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery on Greenwich Avenue has a brioche donut filled with vanilla cream. And The Doughnut Project, a small shop in the West Village, features an “everything donut.”

Source: Travel Awaits

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