A kind of heightened interest in food which goes all the way from bragging rights about your favorite food truck to knowing the name of obscure ingredientss to being able to take people to out of the way but brilliant new restaurants has become the mark of the New York Foodie. Watch the hilarious video for a musical take on the species.
Just like hipsterdom is the opposite of what it claims to be, so being a New York foodie means constantly denying that your food obsession has become the total focus of your non working life, while it becomes the total focus of your non working life. By the way if you are a professional foodie in anyway at all, you are by definition NOT a New York foodie.
It’s essential to understand that the obsessiveness of New York foodiness and it’s focus on obscurity, rarity and struggle is an antidote to the now incredibly easy task of finding out most food information really quickly on social media, especially Yelp. And also through the Instagram drenched reviews, online articles and online media tips about the best artisanal cheese or the best hand mixed mustard and where to buy it.
When food information, criticism, new ingredients and highly differentiated versions of very popular dishes like ramen are so widely available, the only way to carve out a niche for your very own tastes, whether that is through dietary habits (vegan, gluten free, dairy free farm to table or lovacore) or in your very precise knowledge of specific ingredients, (no that is Balkan yogurt not Swiss), is to be able to claim ever more obscure information and ever more precise references to foodie values of what actaully constitutes THE BEST.
Having foodie friends is great, you get a whole stack of really useful information you’d never find out otherwise because it is definitely fun knowing where you can buy potted caramel custard that is to die for. Quite apart from enjoying eating it, you can get a bit of second hand foodie cred by telling all your other non foodie friends about the tips you have picked up. However being a genuine New York foodie is a big committment, you need, time, money and of course an excellent smart phone.