Both savory and luscious foods originated here, in NYC, including General Tso’s Chicken and Baked Alaska. More than that, NYC has not only birthed several incredible dishes, there are countless notable NYC favorites born outside of the city –or even the nation– but earned its rites as NYC fare through naturalization. NYC and its culinary staples regularly prove that food culture can help to shape a destination.

If you so desired, you could spend an entire year dining out at NYC establishments and never eat the same thing twice. Whether considering vegan or meaty dishes, burgers or pizza, or brunch or dinner, NYC has confidently named itself among one of the nation’s most impressive food meccas.

Read on to learn some of NYC’s favorites:

Manhattan Clam Chowder: Did you know there are several types of clam chowder? Among them is the Manhattan, which is known for its use of tomato and has bold red coloring. Formerly known as “Fulton Fish Market clam chowder” and “New York City clam chowder,” Victor Hirtzler called the dish Manhattan clam chowder in his early century publication, “Hotel St. Francis Cookbook.”

Bagels: New York’s bagels are like cascading clouds with a textured exterior.There are legendary bagel dispensaries that have been in existence for more than 100 years (Russ & Daughters), as well as those who’ve managed to become famous in fewer years than that (Absolute Bagels and Murray’s Bagels).

Pastrami and Corned Beef Sandwich: Katz’s Delicatessen, located on the Lower East Side, is synonymous with handsome brisket and smoky pastrami. It’s true, New York has perfected the corned beef and pastrami sandwich. With that said, Kat’z isn’t the only place one might visit to David’s Brisket House and Deli, 2nd Ave Deli, Frankel’s Delicatessen, Sarge’s Delicatessen & Diner, or Junior’s Restaurant & Cheesecake.

Speaking of Junior’s, get to know their cheesecake. The precise decadence of New York cheesecake is astounding.

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Melissa Ko is the Managing Member of Covepoint Capital Advisors, LLC and serves as the Chief Investment Officer of its flagship, the Covepoint Emerging Markets Macro Fund. Please visit, and to learn more!