When it comes to New York City boroughs that aren't Manhattan, the Bronx is often overshadowed by Brooklyn (thanks to hipsters and Jay Z) and Queens (hello, beer gardens, nature, and amazing Italian food). And, when it does come up, the conversation likely involves Yankee Stadium. Or, Jennifer Lopez. Even Anthony Bourdain — a New Yorker who has ventured all over the world — was surprisingly late to the party on this one.
However, there are plenty of reasons to visit New York's most northern borough that have nothing to do with baseball or Jenny from the Block. As a Bronx native, I may be a tad biased, but between the fresh markets, unrivaled pasta, and outdoor oases, I guarantee you'll be riding the subway uptown to the Boogie Down in no time.