A new report from WalletHub places New York 18th in a list of the best foodie towns in america. And while we’re a little miffed at not being #1, we do agree that NYC is one of the best places for food lovers.
The study compared 182 U.S. cities across 29 key metrics, ranging from affordability and accessibility of high-quality restaurants and food festivals per capita to craft breweries and wineries per capita. According to the report, New York has achieved so much success because of its diversity, accessibility and the quality of its food.
NYC earned its score because it came in 12th for restaurants per capita, first for affordability and accessibility of highly rated restaurants, 50th for craft breweries and wineries per capita, 15th for percentage of residents vaccinated against COVID-19 and first for butcher shops per capita. That’s a lot of meat!
It also came in second for most expensive groceries in the United States behind the county’s literal outposts – Juneau, Alaska, Honolulu, Hawaii and Pearl City, Hawaii – which tied for groceries. most expensive groceries.
Prices this high would knock us a few pegs off the list for sure. Overall, across the country, restaurant prices increased by 8% between August 2021 and August 2022, according to WalletHub. Grocery prices increased by 8.3% between August 2021 and August 2022.
All that being said, NYC is ranked higher because it has “lots of affordable options for cash-strapped foodies.” Did you know that NYC is actually home to three of the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurants in the United States? Find out which ones here.
For those looking to save money but still enjoy eating out, Dr. Darryl L. Holliday, associate professor and director of the food science program at Holy Cross University, recommends straying from the obvious way.
“Many places aimed specifically at tourists tend to be in neighborhoods with higher rents and therefore have higher food prices,” he told WalletHub. “Using proper security, don’t be afraid to stray off the beaten path and find smaller neighborhood establishments that sell to locals or find food trucks that may offer some of the same flavors you’re looking for but with a Lower price. However, some foods are understandably expensive due to the ingredients used, seasonality, or captive markets such as festivals.
We all want to explore other districts and try their respective offers! Check out our neighborhood guides if you want to plan your own foodie adventure.