New York City is a cultural metropolis fittingly flourishing in eateries that span across dining styles, customer oriented preferences, and wallet limits.
Whether you’re a picky eater or just in search of a particular vibe, it can get overwhelming searching through the hundreds of food spots for the perfect cuisine all by yourself.
Occasionally, I ask for suggestions from friends and associates, and they, in turn, offer up their favorite eateries and date spots.
However, if the food is below my standards or the scene is just out of my comfort zones, I tend to go ghost on them just to avoid the awkward “so how did you like my suggestion” question and not have to insult their taste buds or choice of hanging out.
An alternative is to go on the word of perfect strangers. I know this may seem weird since our parents always instructed us not to talk to strangers let alone trust them, but the world of food journalism is a safe and tasty place, believe me (says the foodanddating.com author, LOL).
Seriously, food bloggers, Instagrammers, and columnist are the specialist you are in search of since they have surveyed, photographed, interviewed, and most importantly tasted more dishes than you can serve on twelve Thanksgiving tables.
Hence, I would like to present my top 7 NYC Foodie blogs:
1.) One Hungry Jew
Created by the experienced food enthusiast and cultivator Rayna Greenburg, @onehungryjew currently has 2,582 posts and over 304,000 followers on its Instagram account.
I believe the fact that Rayna has been in the food industry since she was 15 years old worked amidst celebrity kitchens, and also attended a culinary institute guarantees her word and palate to be a reliable guide through the city.
2.) The Sweet Life of Lena
Now tell me, who would you trust to SPOT the best of the best more than your eye doctor.
That’s right along with being a food fanatic, Lina Cowan is also a full-time optometrist. Her quirk is spotting the newest food trends.
And she’s on both jobs as she is “I always keep an eye out for the hip, new places NYC.”
3.) Seasoned Vegan
Don’t worry, I wouldn’t dare leave my health aficionados out of the mix.
With more and more people going vegetarian, vegan, and raw it's expectant to see new and hip healthy eateries popping up, and Seasoned Vegan located in Harlem, New York is a pleasant addition to the soul food and lounge town.
With over 11,000 Instagram followers, Chef Brenda Benner is not cooking up tasteless and bland dishes.
This food advisory is the collaborative effort of two native New Yorkers, Alice, and Linda.
The two-way began while they were in high school and had since blossomed into what they call an obsessive hobby kicking out tons of reviews, guides, and recipes that catalog the city.
While Alice is a doughnut, dumplings, fried chicken, and tacos, kind of girl, Linda possesses a taste for pasta/noodles, corn on and Korean BBQ, so pretty much they have a little something for everyone.
5.) Nigerian Lazy Chef
Created by passionate foodie, food writer, and Personal Chef Nma, this website, and the Instagram page both combine the mouth watering African culinary cultures and exotic cuisines with witty and humorous commentary to create artful entertainment on a platter.
Her Instagram following is over 42,000 and her post boast dishes for carnivores, vegetarians, gluten-free dieters, and palm to nut snackers alike.
As a native Broxite and lover of Latin cuisine, I can tell you that I’ve had my fair share of empanadas and past elites.
Still, that doesn’t stop me from trying new recipes of if offered, and the baked Argentinian chorizo patties on this site are pretty much to die for.
Full-time food writer, recipe developer, and occasional private chef, Alejandro Ramos shares travel stories, fashion and lifestyle advice, but it’s the savory recipes that caught my attention.
Ramos’s recipe index stretches from appetizers to entrees, to desserts and spans across cultures as well.
Nevertheless, her New York savvy is ever present and worth the site visit www.alwaysorderdessert.com
7.) No leftovers
Social-media manager, Jackie Gebel's entrepreneurial backstory is a witness of inspiration for enthusiastic business-minded individuals.
She tired of feeling unfulfilled and engaged in some risk taking and a sincere desire to pursue her passions.
We’re now gifted with witty photo captions and a focus on quality over quantity New York food guide that doesn’t leave any room for leftovers.
By combining her love for the culinary industry and digital marketing, Gebel has created a brand that has amassed a healthy 307,000 following on Instagram, and we’re here for all of her forking around.
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