While travel is off the cards for now, Melbourne still offers a taste of some of the world’s greatest cities. Here’s how to experience the best of New York City, right here in downtown Melbourne.

Pizza by the slice

New York is fuelled by pizza. Grabbing a thin-based, shockingly large slice on the go is a quintessential experience from the Bronx all the way to Staten Island. For a taste of NY-pie, check out the classics at Pizza Pizza Pizza in Meyers Place (there’s also a hidden bar at the back, perfect for dodging the midtown crowds). Dip down Flinders Lane and you can grab a slice of Sal’s Authentic New York Pizza. Complain about the tourists for added authenticity.

Pepperoni pizza and hawaiian pizza from Pizza pizza pizza
Pizza by the slice at Pizza Pizza Pizza

Diners and American BBQ

If you want to imagine you’re sinking your teeth into the pastrami-on-rye or the outrageous beef brisket sandwich at Katz’s, head to Fancy Hank’s on Bourke Street. Their pastrami and smoky brisket will transport you straight to East Houston Street. Late-night burger joint Butchers Diner puts on an impeccable spread too. Visit on Thursdays for a house made wagyu pastrami Rueben, served with all the trimmings.

Find the best bagel shops

Step down into Bowery to Williamsburg and order up a teetering turkey club. Grab a side of mac and cheese (served in NY style with a pickle and a pretzel), with a Melbourne-grade latte served in kitsch diner design cups. Or try 5 & Dime Bagel, started by New Jersey-born Zev Forman. The classic lox bagel with smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers, onion and tomato is New York in a bite, and they’ve spent years here getting it right.

5 and dime
Bagels from 5 and dime

Order up New York cheesecake

Brunetti offers an epic cake collection, and the New York cheesecake is one of our all time faves. The decadent, baked cream cheese filling sits atop a buttery biscuit base. Served with seasonal fruit for a refreshing touch of sweetness. Pop in for a slice or grab a whole one to go, we ain't judging.

Find flea market fashion and Fifth Avenue style

Head to Saturdays NYC in QV for gorgeous, minimalist clothing and lifestyle products. At Emporium, you can pick up an elegant handbag or wallet from Kate Spade New York. Rag & Bone on Elizabeth Street is the Melbourne outpost of this coveted New York clothing brand. If vintage is your jam, pick through the racks of old-school thrift-store finds at American Rag. They source their garments from the US, so you just might score a Brooklyn flea market find in your own backyard.

American Rag logo t-shirt on a mannequin
American Rag

Catch a Broadway show

After making it's debut in New York nearly four years ago, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has taken up residence in Melbourne's own Princess Theatre. After a brief hiatus (because, well, you know) the show forges on, with a refreshed one night version commencing in 2022. Already seen it? Head off Broadway and into New Jersey for a musical take on The Wedding Singer.

More New York style bars and diners to try

Bar Americano

Pint-sized bar serving only classic cocktails, with the menu changing weekly.

Pepe's Italian & Liquor

An Italian-American restaurant located in a leafy enclave of Melbourne's central business area.

Ferdydurke

Unassuming bar that feels like a New York loft, named after a 1937 Polish novel.

Bobby's Coffee

Cafe specialising in bagels and delicious coffee.

Natural History

Large bar and grill that serves up an American southern-style steakhouse menu.

Market Lane Bar

Vintage whisky bar meets New York-style supper club.

Five and Dime Bagel

Classic New Jersey bagels with a rotating selection of fillings with great coffee on the side.

Dive Bar

A glamourous take on a New York-style dive bar with an extensive cocktail list.

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