New York is a one of a kind city that many flock to for vacation, but for those of us that live here, sometimes a break from the hustle and bustle is necessary. Though NYC is famous for its many delicious dining options, taking an overnight trip or even just a day trip needn’t mean that good food go out the window. There are many destinations within just a few hours of NYC that offer relaxation, fresh air, and phenomenal eats.
Philadelphia is only about two hours away from NYC by car and is also accessible by train. Once there, be sure to visit Reading Terminal Market, one of the country’s oldest public markets, for hundreds of stalls offering everything from Chinese food to freshly baked pastries to famous Philadelphia Cheesesteaks. Be sure to try some scrapple from the Dutch Eating Place and a roast pork sandwich with provolone from DiNic’s. For dinner, hit up one of Philadelphia’s fine dining venues such as Le Bec Fin or Vetri, which is considered by Mario Batali to be the best Italian restaurant on the East Coast.
Connecticut is a state that can be traversed in about three hours, so this is a perfect foodie day trip. Stop in New Haven to try the birthplace of American hamburger at Louis’ Lunch, or at Frank’s Pepe’s for the definitive clam pizza. Or take a drive down the seacoast to sample some homemade ice cream at one of the many stands near Old Lyme, and sample a warm Connecticut-style lobster roll at Abbott’s in Noank.
Boston, a seafood lover’s dream, is best done as an overnight trip. Besides its many storied seafood eateries like Union Oyster House and Neptune Oyster, the cities around Boston have seafood shacks and lobster pounds offering fresh seafood at unbeatable prices. Head to Woodman’s in Essex for lobster so fresh that they almost snap when you eat them.