Step off the plane in New York City and you’re instantly greeted by an international fusion of smells from succulent cuisines from around the globe.
New York is a food tourist’s paradise, boasting some of the finest restaurants in the world, as well as some of the most famous — and often eccentric — local eateries in America. Whether you’re in the mood for Chinese, Thai, Turkish, German, or something all-American, NYC has it all — and then some.
If you want to experience the best of New York’s international food scene and make some new friends along the way, check out some of my favorite food tourism companies in NYC:
League of Kitchens
League of Kitchens offers you the chance to not only taste a host of international cuisines, but also the opportunity to learn how to make them yourself. This immersive culinary experience practices the art of diplomacy through cooking with a range of interactive, instructional workshops featuring food from Lebanon, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, India, Nepal, and more.
But the best part? Each workshop is taught by an immigrant from each respective country in their own home. You’ll learn about their culture, their food, and their story as you engage together over a delicious meal. You’ll also get to take home a booklet full of their favorite family recipes at the end of your workshop.
If you’re looking to learn how to cook delicious global cuisine while engaging with a local immigrant family, this is the tour for you.
So everyone has to try @leagueofkitchen, like now. They're a #sharingeconomy service that connects you with an immigrant in #NYC for an intimate cooking class in their home. I had the pleasure of meeting the wonderful Despina and had the opportunity to learn about her life here and in Greece, and she taught me how to cook some of her favorite Greek dishes. #obsessed, over and over. #LKcooking
If you’re looking to experience a more traditional taste of New York City, look no further than Urban Adventures from global tour company Intrepid Travel. Tours hop from spot to spot, featuring some of NYC’s most famous eateries and local breweries to help you soak up the flavor of the city.
If you’re looking to start the drinking (semi)-early, join the Brewed in Brooklyn tour or the Williamsburg Craft Beer Crawl, where you’ll enjoy some of the best beers Brooklyn has to offer, poured fresh from the tap.
One of the simplest, yet most gratifying aspects of living in New York City is the ability to get virtually anything delivered to your door, at virtually anytime. I learned early on that grocery store visits mean a strategic plan behind knowing exactly how much you can carry several blocks home and to your walk-up, and really, it’s just so much easier to order it online. For a truly NYC experience, I recommend you do the same. For those of us who like to plan ahead, check out FreshDirect, and for the more spontaneous crowd, download their sister app FoodKick, an amazing platform that lets you order same-day deliveries (which can take as little as an hour). I recommend their doughnuts, because well, see below:
With two locations, Smorgasburg boasts the title of the largest open air market in North America. Visitors can sample dishes from around the globe in a beautiful outdoor setting complete with a view of the city while you eat. Smorgasburg is only open on the weekends (check their calendar before planning a visit), and it’s a must-see in the summer in NYC.
EatWith seeks to connect guests with great food and interesting people from around the world through their communal dining experience model. The company offers attendees the chance to sample cuisines from around the globe in small, intimate group settings hosted by locals throughout 200+ cities.
Each dinner is themed differently, depending on the chef’s expertise and background. The Taste of Trinidad brings together Indian, Chinese and African flavors for a unique Caribbean experience that reveals stories and secrets about the history of this tiny nation. And Brilliant Burmese will expose you to the complex story of Myanmar and a unique cuisine that is part fusion, part Burmese.
If you’re searching for the best food in the world, look no further than New York City, where you can experience a taste of the entire globe in one convenient location.
I have received free experiences + food from both League of Kitchens and FoodKick. All opinions, as always, are my own.