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what foods do you miss most when you leave NY?

LA hound here visiting NY later this week. i'm interested in eating "only in new york" ish food- affordable and satisfying. we often get NY transplants on the LA boards complaining about the lack of NY-ish foods (bagels, egg rolls, etc) and so i'm eager to try things that i can only find in NY, preferably beyond bagels and egg rolls since i have some good recs for those. ;)

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  1. Foods that I miss the most since leaving NYC and can't find in LA or SF:

    1. Sushi Yasuda- 30-40 varieties of the freshest nigiri ever.
    2. Babbo- for pasta and pig's foot milanese
    3. Ess-a-Bagel bagel with whitefish salad or H&H east side so you can compare which styles you prefer.
    4. Lombardi's pizza
    5. Peter Luger's porterhouse
    6. Katz's for a pastrami sandwich (you can do your own Langer's comparison)
    7. Some sort of high end dining if that's your thing. Jean-Georges, Le Bernardin (so you can compare to Providence), L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
    8. Patisserie Claude for croissant

    Here's notes from my last NYC visit based on what I miss most:

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/361365

    1. not a big list: porterhouse for two at a steakhouse that dry-ages its own beef; oysters as fat as your fist (winter only); italian in the style of batali; burgers in a pub with sawdust on the floor, guinness on tap and a fire to keep me warm; seafood so fresh you want to slap it; pizza that puts a smile on your face hours later when you should be asleep; and competent bartenders with decades of experience.

      hope this helps.

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      1. re: steve h.

        hm, i guess i was thinking of more "hole in the wall" or ethnic places. when people leave LA, they tend to crave ethnic food, in-n-out, and salad-y places.

      2. I miss:
        bings/buns from Roll and Dough (esp. the taro)
        pretzel croissant from City Bakery
        muffins from Healthy Delites
        gelato from Il Lab...
        kati rolls

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        1. re: piccola

          I once carried a box of City Bakery pretzel croissants with me on a plane to a Caribbean island, my love for them was so wild. I spread the love with the islanders and felt such regret when they disappeared immediately.

          There's plenty of stuff LA and SF is missing- good pizza, bagels and takeout delivered immediately to your door being just a few. That said, seize your new local treasures. I'd kill for good fruit all the way into late fall. The cheap Thai food, too - you'll never find that here!

        2. Well here I am in Tulsa and what I miss most is wandering the streets and stumbling upon places like these.

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/334386

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/247808

          But you can find similar in Calif. I don't miss bagels and pizza one tiny bit.

          1. Good bagels, (no where as good as New York's), Black and White cookies ( even the ones sold at a Korean grocery market are good!), pizza, wonderful Italian food, period, heavenly falafel (Mamouns)...Think next to San Francisco, New York is the best eating town in the U.S.. so there is a lot to be missed!

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