Food Tours

10 Things to Eat and Drink in Manhattan

This time of year, conversations at Chow Bella meetings tend to turn to who's eaten what -- where. With the summer travel season in full swing, we bring you Food Tours, our writers' suggestions of what to eat and drink out of town.

We will freely admit that we get so weak-kneed at the sight of the Empire State Building that our typical picky-eater status goes out the cab window as soon as we arrive in New York City and we're content -- for the most part -- with a stale pretzel on the street. But on a recent visit, we found a lot to write home about, and even without venturing to Brooklyn. (Next time, Roberta's.)

Slice of Cheese Pizza at Joe's After a New York bagel or perhaps Buddy the Elf's best cup of coffee, a slice of cheese is the most basic NYC staple, and a must-eat. On Carmine Street in the West Village, Joe's is as basic as it gets -- tiny storefront, long line, loud help, great (big, Sicilian, greasy) slice that dwarfs its standard-issue white paper plate.

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Amy Silverman is a two-time winner of the Arizona Press Club’s Journalist of the Year award. Her work has appeared on the radio show This American Life and in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Lenny Letter, and Brain, Child. She’s the co-curator of the live reading series Bar Flies, and a commentator for KJZZ, the NPR affiliate in Phoenix. Silverman is the author of the book My Heart Can’t Even Believe It: A Story of Science, Love, and Down Syndrome (Woodbine House 2016). Follow her on Instagram (@amysilverman), Twitter (@amysilvermanaz), and at