5 Culinary Experiences That Are Uniquely New York City

While many travel to the City that Never Sleeps for the nightlife, the bright lights of Broadway, or endless shopping opportunities, I travel to the Big Apple for the food. I can easily spend the entire weekend in NYC just eating. Whether it’s chasing my favorite food trucks, taking a self-guided food tour of Chelsea Market, or exploring Eataly, the options are endless.

Each trip is filled with new food related activities. I’m always amazed at what I find. Here are 5 culinary experiences that are uniquely New York City.

Celebrate your bar mitzvah even if you’re not Jewish at Sammy’s Roumanian

Sammy’s Roumanian opened 40 years ago and not much has changed since then. Diners are treated to a true “bar mitzvah” experience. While you’re feasting to Jewish delicacies like chopped liver, kasha varnishkes, and broiled tenderloins, enjoy live music performed by the resident lounge lizard.

Don’t scoot out after eating though! Continue to sip from your bottle of vodka served in a frozen ice block. You might even work up the courage to dance the hora with the table next to yours!

Enjoy a dinner and a musical all in one spot at Ellen’s Stardust Diner

New York City is not only home to a plethora of Broadway singers, but even more aspiring stars. Many supplement their budding careers by waiting tables. In the case of Ellen’s Stardust Diner, some can show off their vocals while serving you a meatloaf dinner.

It’s a dinner and a show all in one as Broadway caliber singers pick up mics after dropping off your chicken pot pie and dazzle diners with talent you know you’ll be seeing in the spotlight on your next trip to New York City. Plus, it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than doing dinner and then a show.

Dine in the dark at Camaje Bistro

While many restaurants that offered dining in the dark like Dans Le Noir and Opaque Dark Dining have closed their doors, the experience lives on at Camaje Bistro. Several times a month, diners can experience a multi-course dinner while donning a blindfold. The loss of your sense of sight heightens your sense of smell and taste for a gastronomic experience you’ve never had before.

The restaurant keeps the menu a secret until after you’ve finished dinner to keep you guessing about what you ate along the way. Live music accompanies the evening to entertain your forgotten sense of hearing.