5 NYC Neighborhoods Worth A Visit For The Food!

1.  ASTORIA, QUEENS

What to go for: Greek food and a little bit of everything else!

Queens is New York City’s most ethnically diverse borough and Astoria’s food scene is a great exemplar of that! The neighborhood was primarily a Greek food destination so you’ll find classic spots like Telly’s Taverna and Artopolis Bakery crowded with locals and visitors alike looking for real-deal spanakopita and lemon soaked grilled octopus! 


You’ll also find savory Brazilian pastries, (Pao de Queijo), deeply flavored bowls of pho District Saigon, a colorful spot for housing sweet, Spicy bot noodles, Pye Boat Noodle, and one of the city’s best grilled cheese sandwiches (Queens Kickshaw). It’s he ideal neighborhood for spending a day sampling a bit of everything! 


2. SHEEPSHEAD BAY, BROOKLYN

What to go for: Eastern European and classic waterfront spots!

Sheepshead Bay is where you go when you want a quiet meal with a view, without the obnoxious crowds (and prices) of Manhattan/Williamsburg rooftops and patios. Numerous spots offer affordable waterfront meals, including classic bay view restaurants Il Fornetto and Randazzo’s Clam Bar, which we’ve Quality thin crust pizzas and fresh seafood! 


The neighborhood is also home to New York’s only Armenian Bakery, Brooklyn Bread House, and the boisterous ever welcoming Russian/Uzbek restaurant, Nargis Cafe. When it’s nice out you can take a quick walk or bike ride to Brighton Beach, and stop by Sheepshead Bay Institution Roll-n-Roaster on the way for a classic roast beef sandwich! 

3. LONG ISLAND CITY, QUEENS 

What to go for: ambitious restaurants with cool vibes!

Fewer outer borough neighborhoods offer as many restaurants combining big outstanding food and great vibes as Long Island City! Famed Canadian chef and meat aficionado Hughes Dufour has both of his restaurants, M. Wells Steakhouse and M. Wells Dinette, in the neighborhood. 


The always packed Mu Ramen is known for some of the best (and most ambitious) bowls of ramen in the city! Plenty of other lievely places are worth centering a night around — like Casa Enrique (the only Michelin-rated Mexican restaurant in NYC) with its modern cantina Vibes, or Jora, for bold and bright Peruvian! 


4. BELMONT, THE BRONX

What to go for: Red sauce pasta and deli sandwiches from NYC’s real Little Italy!

You maybhubj Little Italy is only in Downtown Manhattan — but these days, that’s mostly just a tourist trap. For the real thing, head uptown to Belmont, home to Arthur avenue, the most iconic stretch of Italian eateries in New York. Make sure you stop by Calabria Pork Store, where fiery soppressata hangs like birthday decorations from the ceiling, then onto Casa Della Mozzarella for slabs of fresh cheese! 


For lunch, the move is always Mike’s Deli where you’re getting an Italian Combo, a gargantuan sandwich featuring a smattering of Mike’s famous house made deli meats. Finally a trip to Arthur Avebue wouldn’t be complete without a visit to one of the neighborhood’s classic red-sauce joints. Tra Di Noi is known for its excellent and unusual pasta specials (like fusilli with favs beans) and stellar cheesecake, and Emilia’s for impressively large plates of Chicken Parm in a picturesque outdoor patio! 

5. TOMPKINSVILLE, STATEN ISLAND

What to go for: Authentic Sri Lankan food!

When it comes to eating on Staten Island, the borough’s true destination cuisine is Sri Lankan — the best of which can be found in Tompkinsvikke. Take the free Staten Island Ferry and atroll 15 minutes south of the St. George droop-off point. You’ll find yourself among rows of Sri Lankan Restaurants, each with its own specialty. 


For traditional hoppers (crispy, stringy, bowl shaped pancakes) head to San Rasa, which offers a dainty but hearty version accompanied by a rich fish curry for dipping or Dosa Garden which is an “Indo Lankan” spot where the hoppers are served as they would be in South India, with an assortment of coconut and tomato chutneys. 

Ceylon Curry has an entire menu of lamprais which is a signature Sri Lankan dish. Rice, onion relish, plaintains, and your choice of meat are wrapped tightly in a banana leaf, baked, then unfolded to reveal a fragrant curry and pillow soft rice!

What’s Your Favorite Food?!

One of my favorite meals to eat are fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, yams, collard greens, and cornbread!


Growing up my grandmother would cook this for us and I loved it! It was some good ‘ol Comfort food for sure!

Being that my in-laws are Puerto Rican, I’ve been introduced to a lot of delicious Spanish foods too!

My favorite Spanish foods are pernil which is slowly cooked pork, and tostones which are smashed and fried plantains. Woo wee! The bomb dot com!


I have more favorite foods from different cuisines but I’ll talk more about that in another post!

But I want to hear from you!

What are some yummy foods from your culture? Or any meal/dish that you enjoy?

Comment below to share those yummy meals!

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SPICY PORK RAMEN ANYONE?!

(Picture above is of my homemade Spicy Pork Ramen Soup)

One of me and my husband’s favorite things to do is to eat! We love eating Asian cuisine! It is so colorful, filled with flavor, and most of it is very healthy. So I decided to make a Japanese Ramen Dish for dinner one night.
My husband found the recipe in a food magazine he was browsing while we were waiting in line at CVS. He said “Ooo Babes, take a picture of this recipe! We should try and make this at home!” It was a recipe of Spicy Pork Ramen Soup. He said that he wanted to make it. So we went to the store to gather all the ingredients. But a week went by and he still hadn’t made it. I was getting impatient and told him that I would make it. LOL!

The recipe required cooking seasoned pork and onions in a skillet and place to the side once cooked.

Then I had to add water, chicken stock, and soy sauce to the slow cooker for the base of the soup.

I twisted the recipe a bit so I added mushrooms, fresh ginger, and grated garlic to the slow cooker.

I combined the pork and onions with the ingredients that were already in the slow cooker. The food cooked on high for about 5 hours. When the timer was at about 2 hours left, I added baby bok choy. When it was about 15 minutes left I added 2 packs of ramen noodles(I left out the chicken seasoning that came with it).

Then it was all done. I added a boiled egg to my bowl and dressed my soup with some sesame seeds as well as cayenne pepper for an extra kick of heat! It was so yummy! My husband and I scarfed it down in like 2 seconds! Ha! I will definitely be making this soup again in the near future!

If you would like the full recipe from the magazine, just let me know!

Have you made ramen dish before? If so, feel free to share your recipe! I would love to try it out and maybe even blog about it!