Everyone loves food, but you and your roommate take that appreciation to a whole new level. Both of you perk up at the word “samples,” and have been known to accept restaurant gift cards as bribes. New York City is, without a doubt, one of the most tantalizing places for your taste buds to live. There’s more ethnic diversity in a couple city blocks than in an entire international culinary arts school. High end establishments allure you with their exquisite scents and minimalist design. Quick, cheap plates of hot food by the mound-full are out there if you know where to go. It’s enough to cause two roommate foodie enthusiasts to break out in a sweat just thinking about it. So here are a few of the best neighborhoods to live in with your foodie roommate.
Hailed by some as the Greek capital of New York, you’ll find all kinds of Greek dishes to sink your teeth into. Enjoy some moussaka, which is a casserole dish of layered eggplant, spiced meat, and a creamy béchamel sauce. Or snag some tiropites, which are scrumptious fried triangles filled with a mixture of Greek cheeses. And let’s not forget the classic baklava. Cinnamon-spiced nut filling wrapped in a warm, flaky bread and topped off with a sweet syrup.
Eastern European food is extremely popular here. Try the Hungarian inspired chicken paprikash. It blends the kick of paprika with a rich, red bell pepper broth. That is some seriously lucky chicken. For something simple and comforting, taste some crispy wiener schnitzel. Easy to find in places like Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic, it’s battered, fried, and filling. If you’re hankering for some protein, you and roommate could enjoy some beef goulash.
Sunset Park provides easy access to Brooklyn’s Chinatown, where you can get your hands on some of the best Chinese food in New York City. Dive into some dim sum, which are conveniently sized fried dough balls stuffed with hot meat or veggies. For the more explorative roommates in the crowd, Szechwan chilli chicken is brimming over with spices and flavor. If you want Chinese food for breakfast, don’t skip the date pancakes.
Harlem has it all. You can find classy French food, explore Ethiopian cuisine, kick back with rustic BBQ, or start at one end and eat your way to the other for more indecisive roommates. Sandwiches, desserts, bakeries, snacks, drinks, it’s all here, just waiting for you and your roommate to discover. For anyone looking to sample a little bit of everything the world has to offer, look no further than Harlem.
What is your favorite NYC neighborhood to eat in? What’s the best dish you’ve ever had? What’s your favorite restaurant? Post your comments below.