Just recently, I had the pleasure of visiting one of the food capitals of the world: New York City. While there are endless world-class dining options worth visiting and writing about, I also enjoyed venturing out on some surprising excursions perfect for food enthusiasts. Here are 3 foodie destinations you should be sure to check out next time you’re in the Big Apple.
- Museum of Food and Drink—The exhibits at the MOFA are engaging and informative glimpses into the history, science, and culture of all kinds of consumables. In their own words:
MOFAD will be a global leader in food education, featuring innovative exhibits and programs that show how exciting it is to learn and care about the culture, history, science, production, and commerce of food and drink. Imagine a place where you can use an Aztec kitchen, see cereal made before your eyes, decode food marketing, taste West African street food, make Chinese hand-pulled noodles, learn about agriculture and composting, and see how the body digests a sandwich—all in one museum.
A current exhibit called Flavor: Making It and Faking It sheds light on why we love certain tastes, and it gives a detailed history of a worldwide favorite: vanilla. Check out this video about vanilla’s rise to fame here.
2. Institute of Culinary Education—ICE is a foremost training ground for culinary professionals, and stepping into its facility is an up-close look into their industry-leading creativity, techniques, and innovations. Last year, they relocated from the city’s Flatiron district to a state-of-the-art facility in Lower Manhattan’s Brookfield Place—a 74,000 square foot space with picturesque views of the Hudson River and the World Trade Center. Watch this video to get a glimpse of the ICE facility’s stunning architecture, as well as learn about its tech-driven educational programs and unique offerings like an expertly designed mixology program and an in-house bean-to-bar chocolate lab!
3. Grand Central Terminal Market—Many tourists are familiar with Grand Central Terminal, but the Market provides a variety of reasons for food enthusiasts to visit. Vendors offer an array of international foods, artisan cheeses, fresh baked goods, chocolates, spices, seafood and more. One highlight is the alternative to most food-court setups, Eli Zabar’s Farm to Table—a free-standing fruit and vegetable vendor that features seasonal, organic, sustainable foods that are sourced fresh from farmers located in the tri-state area. Their produce selectors also import in-demand offerings from all over the world to delight customers.
Next time you find yourself searching for foodie destinations in New York City, check out these culinary landmarks!
Happy Foodie Friday!
And, of course, for something a little weird…
Have you ever wondered why it’s so hard to taste food when you have a stuffy nose? Here’s a fascinating animation from MOFAD about how our sense of smell contributes to our sense of taste. Enjoy the taste—and smell—of some great food this weekend!