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What New York food could you not live without? A Q from CHOW

Hello, lovely fellow hounds. Just a curious Q from the CHOW HQ, which we'll repost in Manhattan (stay tuned for a post about this on Digest):

If you were suddenly banned from New York City and all your favorite local foods, what classic New York food would miss most? The bagel? Cha siu bao? The slice? It could be of ethnic origin, of course, but it'd have to be something you've not found anything like elsewhere.

Let us know-- and thanks for playing!

xo, CHOW

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  1. No doubt about it, pizza. Everytime my wife and I are out of town for even a few days, our first meal at home is a pie.

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    1. re: donovt

      There is nothing like NY pizza, hands down. Since I no longer live in NYC, I miss Chinese and deli also.

    2. The black and white cookie. Although the classic b&w of yore in NYC is getting harder and harder to find.

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      1. re: cgchow

        "Dirty water franks" with mustard and lots of (spicy hot) onions.

      2. When in grad school in Dallas, I would bring 100 bagels back to share and freeze.

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        1. re: phantomdoc

          Second that. Bagels, without a doubt! No one else makes 'em the way we do.

          www.thelunchbelle.com

          1. having lived away for 4 years now, I most miss the Chinese food: dim sum, Sichuanese, Cantonese, Beijing duck, etc etc. Also Dominican, Greek, and Brazilian. Let's face it, not many places can compare. One thing that is better in the Triangle: Indian. Sorry but NY Indian food is not very good.