How long would it take to try out every restaurant in New York City?
I have been to New York a couple of times already but that is the one question I always think about whenever I pay a visit to the Big Apple. This time, I actually thought to do some research online to finally get my question answered and here’s what I found on Quora:
“Assuming that (a) there is no turnover among restaurants and (b) one eats three meals a day, each one at a new restaurant, it would take 25,082 / 3 = 8,361 days (with only breakfast and lunch on the last day) to eat at each, which translates into approximately 22.9 years (give or take depending on leap years, etc.). I haven’t been able to find a figure on how many restaurants open or close per year, but if you can find that info, it’d be a cinch to account for turnover. I’m willing to bet that over 365 x 3 = 1,095 new restaurants open per year, meaning that you can never eat at every restaurant in New York–they open faster than you can visit!”
This answer is from 2014 so I’m sure the numbers are a little (or a lot) different now but hey, at least there’s an answer. It’s just what I thought too – You can never eat at every restaurant in New York. Each time I have visited this city, I always discover a couple of new restaurants here and there. However, there are those few restaurants that have been there for a long time and are not going anywhere any time soon so I’ve decided to list my top 3.
The Original Soup Man
Made famous (to me) by that one Seinfeld episode (Season 7, Episode 6 – “The Soup Nazi”), this is definitely one of the spots I have to visit whenever I am in NYC and not just because I am a Seinfeld fan girl. They do not have a large variety of soups but you can be sure that whichever one you choose will be delicious! He makes an amazing Lobster Bisque that has actual lobster chunks in it, something that I did not expect. I have tried the many different soups from here and each one carries it’s own unique flavor. Definitely hits the spot every single time especially when it is cold out.
PS. If you don’t know who or what Seinfeld is then no soup for you!!!
The Original Soup Man
259 W 55th Street
This is one place I would actually wait in line for (Sorry, Dominique Ansel). The pizza is made in a coal-fired brick oven which gives it a unique smoky flavor. The pizza uses simple ingredients and is reasonably priced but just one bite can almost give you an out of body experience – best enjoyed with an ice cold Coca Cola. The wait is usually 40 mins to an hour as even locals still frequent this institution. They say that you should bring a snack for your wait in line but I say don’t do it. Get hungry. As the famous author Ken Follet said “hunger is the best seasoning.”
Also I think it has to be said that I did not edit this photo at all. I just took it using my iPhone 6s Plus and transferred it to my laptop – I didn’t bother editing because look at those gorgeous colors!!!
1 Front Street,
You’ll know you’re close to your destination when you smell possibly the best cookies in New York City in the most quiet residential street in New York; once you smell this, walk a couple of more minutes and when you see the long line, you’ll know you have arrived. Having been featured multiple times as the best bakery in the city, the long line has proven to be worth the wait. Their most popular cookie is the Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie ($4), it is crunchy yet moist and best eaten when warm. Your initial bite will introduce you to a crisp cookie but lead you towards a moist center with melted chocolate, it is truly like biting into a piece of heaven.
167 W 74th Street
New York, NY