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Culture classroom: 5 top eats in New York

George Bernard Shaw put it best when he said, “There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” I genuinely believe that good food leads to a good life and my life has been a series of experiences that have proved just that.

So if you ever choose to swing by the campus or are planning on attending school at EF Academy New York, here are the top five eats in the area and my recommendation from each of those places.

1. Asian Wave (three-minute drive from campus)

If you love bubble tea like everyone here does, you’ll be happy to know you can find this delectable drink just downhill from the campus at the rose-hill shopping center. Asian Wave happens to be the most popular restaurant for food deliveries at EF Academy, and almost everyone savors their bubble-tea. My recommendation would be the black tea bubble tea.

2. Buffalo Wild Wings (15-minute drive from campus)

What’s better than watching American football on a large plasma TV while stuffing your mouth with spicy chicken wings? (Hint: nothing). Buffalo Wild Wings is known for their world-famous spicy sauces; as well as a bunch of fans screaming at TVs while the NFL is on. I would recommend anyone to get potato wedges with the mango habanero sauce and blazing hot sauce.

3. Wood & Fire Pizza (seven-minute drive from campus)

Unlike the 99 cent cheese pizza, Wood & Fire Pizza is known for their wood-oven gourmet style pizzas. With an antique appearance and aroma of fresh pizza coming out of the oven, Wood & Fire Pizza makes you feel like you’re on cloud nine. My personal favorite happens to be the Roman-style pizza which is a thin crust pizza with roasted garlic, herbs, mozzarella and more.

4. Little Mumbai market (eight-minute drive from campus)

Coming from India, I fear that my taste buds will stop functioning if I don’t feed them some gratifying Indian food once in a while. While this is not your typical Indian restaurant, Little Mumbai Market is a combination of French and Indian food making it the perfect place to satisfy all your longing appetite needs. I would strongly recommend the deconstructed samosa, an unorthodox culmination of a popular Indian snack and a variety of sauces.

5. The Cheesecake Factory (16-minute drive from campus)

Just as the name suggests, this restaurant-chain has arguably some of the greatest cheesecakes that exist anywhere on the face of the planet. The one that I would strongly recommend is the salted caramel cheesecake for it is the MOST scrumptious and delicious dessert I have ever had in my life.

 

In this series, we’re gaining some local cultural insights from EF Academy students. On today’s menu – a majorly important element of every destination – the food!

Stay tuned for next week when we head to the UK to learn about Oxford’s top eats.

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