5 Foods New Yorkers Leave to the Tourists

Stand in line for 5 hours for a cronut? That’s so 2013

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

Cronuts are just one example of foods that New Yorkers leave for tourists.

New York is the city that never sleeps. Every day it’s beset by tourists the same way the beach is by seagulls, and their taste in food can often be just as indiscriminate.

Here are 5 things New Yorkers would rather leave for the tourists.

Frozen Hot Chocolate

Getting a frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity 3 is at the top of the bucket list for most, if not all, visitors to New York.

Grimaldi’s Pizza

Grimaldi’s is good pizza; great pizza, in fact, and it’s an institution. Yet chances are you will rarely catch a native New Yorker wasting away in those never-ending lines for a margherita pie during prime dinner hour.

Magnolia Cupcakes

People around the world seem to think that New York = cupcakes = Magnolia. They might be good cupcakes to a tourist, but you can bet your bottom dollar you’ll find even better elsewhere in the city.


Wait in line for two hours for a cronut? Why not just buy a fresh croissant and an artisanal doughnut, then take bites from both simultaneously? It’ll certainly save you a lot of time.

Hot dog from Coney Island’s Nathan’s Famous

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Nathan’s is, well, famous. For those making the trek there for the first time, a hot dog is a must-try, though many a native New Yorker has an either “been there, done that” attitude or simply just opts out of the experience altogether.