In a state that is known for having a city that never sleeps, you can guarantee one thing — people are always eating. In New York, a new menu drops somewhere every day and some of the best food you’ll ever find is never far from your fingertips. It’s the place food trends are born.
Of course, this means that the bloggers who hail from New York have their finger on the pulse of all things foodie. Not only do they know the hottest spots to eat, from street carts to five-star dining, but they also create and share original recipes that reflect the dynamic place they live.
This, friends, is why you need to follow some of New York’s finest food bloggers. They’re not simply aware of the most on-trend food crazes; they help make them.
Because New York is rich with culinary aficionados, we narrowed it down for you by rounding up a few food bloggers from the area who serve up inventive recipes on their blogs and social feeds (plus some killer restaurant recommendations). In other words, total #foodporn.
Food Heaven Made Easy
We’re going to go ahead and make a bold statement, but it’s one we stand by — it’s impossible not to fall in love with Food Heaven Made Easy. New York BFFs Wendy Lopez and Jess Jones are both registered dietitians, and they both routinely nerd out over nutrition on their blog and YouTube channel. The recipes they create are, not surprisingly, healthy and vibrant.
As a mother of four, Alexandra Stafford knows a thing or two about creating food that makes mouths (big and little) happy. From her family’s home in upstate New York, she whips up recipes for her popular blog, Alexandra’s Kitchen, as well as writes weekly for Food52. Did we mention she’s also a cookbook author? Check out her feed and you’ll quickly see what all the fuss is about.
Gena Hamshaw’s story is one of inspiration and triumph. A recovering anorexic, her relationship with food was initially wrapped up in pain and restriction. But when she decided to explore more compassionate ways of eating by way of a plant-based diet, she started tinkering with recipes in her “postage-stamp-sized” NYC apartment. The Full Helping is the result — a celebration of food and its many gifts, with an emphasis on health, wellness and eating responsibly.
Nicole Hunn’s recipes may be gluten-free, but they certainly aren’t flavor-free. In fact, they’re quite the opposite — they are full of flavor, proving you can be a foodie even if you have certain sensitivities. Even better, Hunn makes it a point to create gluten-free recipes that are affordable and easy for anyone to create.
New York clearly has no shortage of decadent dishes and recipe creators, so Gina Homolka’s Skinnytaste provides a nice counterpoint. As a recipe creator and mother, her goal is to create seasonal, whole foods that make portion control easy. Don’t be mistaken, though — this Oceanside resident’s blog is filled with super-scrumptious food that only looks indulgent.
Just try to peruse Peaches 2 Peaches without turning into a puddle of drool — we dare you. Rockland County-based food blogger Monique Polanco has a true knack for creating dishes that are every bit as beautiful as they are delicious. On the blog, she shares and compares recipes and also reviews different products that relate to her culinary passion.
Jackie Gebel and her partner, Robby, make finding the best food in New York super easy with recommendations grouped on their website by location, category, theme and more — and all conveniently linked to Foursquare. But (and it’s a big one) that’s not their only contribution to their foodie fans. They also routinely create original recipes in the No Leftovers kitchen, like to-die-for upside-down, inside-out bagel grilled cheese.
Whether you realized it at the time or not, you’ve probably spent some time drooling over posts on Smitten Kitchen’s Instagram feed. With nearly 1 million followers, this cooking blog by Deb Perelman has become synonymous with some of the tastiest culinary creations floating around the internet. It even spawned a bestselling cookbook!
There’s a long-running joke about going to college and gaining the “freshman 15” — but Skyler Bouchard went to NYU and gained the freshman 15,000. Followers, that is. Her NYC-centric foodie Instagram quickly went viral and has now blossomed into a fan base of nearly 200,000.
Did we mention her love of food is so famous that the Food Network now has her hosting a Snapchat segment called “Sipping With Skyler”? ‘Cause that’s kind of a big deal, too. Bouchard recently expanded her brand to include lifestyle tips as well, so, in her own words, you might see “what burger to eat for lunch, which eye cream I use to get rid of my sodium-induced bags, or just general lifestyle points.”
Sometimes you just need a little mood booster to brighten your day, and Pam’s Daily Dish offers just that for foodies. The eponymous Long Island New Yorker whips up recipes that are bright, cheery and delectable every single day. Occasional photos of her family (including her fur-babies!) just make her blog and socials even more smile-inducing.