10 Easy Ways to Recreate Your Favorite NYC Foods at Home

It’s no surprise that New York City has some of the best and most unique food in the whole world. There’s nothing like a hot, fresh bagel smothered with cream cheese or a cheap, quick plate from The Halal Guys cart.

Going out to eat is fun, but sometimes there is nothing better than a home-cooked meal, so why not combine your NYC favorites with your own cooking skills?

These recipes will help you make all your food dreams and cravings come true without even leaving your own home. Eat up!

1. New York style bagels

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Someday you may leave New York City, and if you do, be aware that you will not be able to get a good bagel anywhere else.

Start practicing using this recipe to make sure that you never kick off a day in your life with a crappy bagel. 


2. Homemade falafel

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Simple, yet tasty and versatile, make sure to stock up on chickpeas and pitas, because we have a feeling you’ll be turning to this recipe quite often.

3. Burrito bowls

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Chipotle has basically become the Starbucks of fast food with a location on practically every corner in the Big Apple. Rip off their burrito bowl recipe and customize it to your liking.

4. Hale and Hearty's tomato cheddar soup

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What could be better than a warm, creamy combination of tomato soup and cheddar? This hearty soup pairs great with a grilled cheese, because when it comes to cheese, the more the merrier.

5. Pan-fried pork and chive dumplings

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Once you discover the easiness and deliciousness of making your own dumplings, you’ll be happily waving goodbye to take-out.

6. Spicy Sriracha ramen noodle soup

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This delicious soup is a great way to spice up that ramen you’ve been living off of since college, and it only takes twenty minutes to prepare. Yes!

7. Soft pretzels

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You can now have your favorite street and stadium food at home.

Technically, you could get these in the freezer aisle, but why would you want to do that when you could make your own fresher version? Warm, salty, softness that melts in your mouth has never been so much fun.

8. Levain Bakery's chocolate chip walnut cookies

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The keys to perfecting these cookies are their huge size and their warm, gooey, crunchy filling of nuts and chocolate. Skip dinner and head straight to dessert with these bad boys.

9. The “Fake Shack” Shack Burger with Shack Sauce

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The sauce is what brings the whole meal together, and soon you’ll be whipping it up for more than just burgers. 

10. Halal chicken and rice plate

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Most of the time, you’re not down for that long line to get your food at The Halal Guys’ cart. Skip the wait and whip some up on your own-- trust us, you won’t be sorry.

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