9 Delicious Dishes From Far Off Places Most New Yorkers Will Never Visit

Photo: Courtesy of Caracas Arepas Bar.
If you love using your tastebuds to travel (metaphorically-speaking, of course), New York City's culinary landscape can offer you a trip around the globe — without actually having to leave its five boroughs.

This journey is all about experiencing the melting pot that is the Big Apple. Sure, New York may have some to-die-for bagels and pizza slices (which we could eat all day, every day, with absolutely no problem), but it also has access to cultural delicacies of countries we could only dream of visiting. And to make that dream a little more of a reality, we've compiled a can't-miss line-up for the daring — and the very hungry — that will take you from Central America, to Tibet, Switzerland, and them some, all in the span of your Saturday afternoon.
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Photo: Courtesy of Jeepney.
The Country: The Philippines
The Eatery: Jeepney
The Neighborhood: East Village

Billed as a Filipino gastropub, this East Village spot hosts a must-try Kamayan feast two nights a week (Wednesdays and Thursdays). This epic, hands-only meal is served on banana leaves, and requires a reservation for at least four. The feast consists of two appetizers, three entrees, rice, pork sausage, cucumber salad, and halo-halo for dessert. Warning: You will definitely want to come with an empty stomach.

Jeepney, 201 First Avenue (between East 12th and 13th streets); 212-533-4121.
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Photo via @epochtaste.
The Country: Tibet
The Eatery: Little Tibet Restaurant
The Neighborhood: Jackson Heights

Step into this colorful Tibetan spot (decorated with authentic rugs and art), and you’ll feel instantly transported from a busy city street to the serenity of the Himalayas. The restaurant specializes in Momo’s, seriously delicious dumplings that are available in meat and vegetarian versions. The flavors are a bit more earthy than dim sum, and can be spicy (yes, please!) if requested.

Little Tibet Restaurant, 72-19 Roosevelt Avenue (between 72nd and 73rd streets), Queens; 718-505-8423.
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Photo: Courtesy of San Rasa.
The Country: Sri Lanka
The Eatery: San Rasa
The Neighborhood: St. George

Staten Island might feel as far as Sri Lanka to some New Yorkers, but a jaunt on the big orange ferry (hello, it’s free!) can make for an afternoon of fun — and out-of-this-world cuisine. Sri Lankan food has a similar flavor profile to that of Southern India, with a lot of colonial influence. While we recommend trying a little bit of everything, the Lampari (curried rice and meatballs that have been wrapped in a banana leaf and baked) is a can't miss.

San Rasa, 19 Corson Avenue (at Daniel Low Terrace), Staten Island; 718-420-0027.
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Photo: Courtesy of Trestle on Tenth.
The Country: Switzerland
The Eatery: Trestle on Tenth
The Neighborhood: Chelsea

This perfect-for-brunch allows you to go full-on Swiss, with samplings of snacks like house-made pickles and marinated mushrooms. But, the most simple and delicious bite from the country with one of the highest quality-of-life ratings around the world is the Landjäger cheese. Served in coils of dairy goodness with a side of honeycomb, this starter (or finisher, let's be honest) is bound to make all of your worries drift away.

Trestle on Tenth, 242 Tenth Avenue (at West 24th Street); 212-645-5659.
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Photo via @emmichelles.
The Country: Poland
The Eatery: Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop
The Neighborhood: Greenpoint

There are a handful of Polish bakeries in Greenpoint, but Peter Pan is the best. And while you can’t go wrong ordering anything here, the sour cream cake doughnuts are particularly decadent. Plus, on Fat Tuesday, this is one of the few places in NYC where you can get paczki, a unique pastry. It is traditionally baked to use all the lard, sugar, eggs, and fruit in the house, as their consumption was forbidden by Catholic fasting practices during Lent. Any excuse to eat doughnuts, right?

Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop, 727 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn; 718-389-3676.
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Photo: Courtesy of Caracas Arepas Bar.
The Country: Venezuela
The Eatery: Caracas Arepas Bar
The Neighborhoods: East Village, Williamsburg, Rockaway

Arepas can be described in many ways, but we prefer to consider them the Latin American version of a sloppy Joe. A flat corn-meal roll stuffed with ground meat, cheese, or fish, this traditional street food is a delicious accompaniment to a lunch break from the beach in the Rockaways, or while hopping around the Lower East Side.

Caracas Arepas Bar, Multiple Locations.
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Photo; Courtesy of Wallsé.
The Country: Austria
The Eatery: Wallsé
The Neighborhood: West Village

This West Village spot serves exceptional Austrian fare, and though the menu is ever-changing, staples like the lobster spätzle or traditional wiener schnitzel will transport you straight to Europe. The interior is adorable and welcoming, and the very-authentic (yet totally modern) fare welcomes a little slice of Vienna to New York City.

Wallsé, 344 West 11th Street (at Washington Street); 212-352-2300.
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Photo via @kirklove.
The Country: Paraguay
The Eatery: I Love Paraguay
The Neighborhood: Sunnyside

This cozy Paraguayan restaurant serves all the traditional dishes of its namesake country, but you definitely can’t skip on the sopa Paraguaya. Made with corn, flour, cheese, and milk, it’s a cornbread-meets-pudding type of dish that is best ordered as an appetizer or as a side to sop up some beef stew. And really, how can you resist a restaurant with “I Love” in its name?

I Love Paraguay, 4316 Greenpoint Avenue (between 43rd and 44th streets); Queens; 718-786-5534.
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Photo: Courtesy of El Nuevo Izalco.
The Country: El Salvador
The Eatery: El Nuevo Izalco
The Neighborhood: Flushing

The flavors of El Salvador are similar to other Central American cuisines, but pupusas are uniquely Salvadorian. And this welcoming restaurant in Queens has some of the best in the city — they're made with cornmeal dough, stuffed with cheese, meats, and beans, and served with tomato sauce. Once you try them, you’re guaranteed to become addicted.

El Nuevo Izalco, 6405 Roosevelt Avenue (between 64th and 65th streets), Flushing; 718-533-8373.
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