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Looking for suggestions on local food in NYC

dan411 Mar 25, 2011 03:37 AM

Hello all !

I am trying to compile a list of what is local food in NYC. What I mean is what is considered truly local.

Can anyone help with some suggestions ?

Best regards,


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    cavandre RE: dan411 Mar 25, 2011 05:06 AM

    The NYC "hard roll" is a staple for breakfast & lunch sandwichs. Once you get about 75 miles away from the City, it seems to be nion-existent.

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      ryback RE: cavandre Mar 27, 2011 01:22 PM

      I've tried for 22 years to find one in Texas. Impossible. I smugglr them in via Fedex from Long Island.

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      bklynsausage RE: dan411 Mar 25, 2011 07:26 PM

      NYC Pizza, Really good kosher style deli,Bagels & Bialys, Potato & Egg sandwich,Seltzer, Roast Beef Mozz.& Grave (John Deli, DeFontes) There is so much more.. New Yourican Food, Dirty Water Hot Dogs.. I will think of more While I take some Tums...


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        Fida RE: dan411 Mar 27, 2011 10:01 AM

        NYC is so eclectic, I'm not sure if it would be known for purely local food, but rather for your ability to find almost anything. Yoo-Hoo comes to mind as possibly local. Maybe egg cream?

        I wonder if you'd do better asking this in the NYC forum.

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          bklynsausage RE: Fida Mar 27, 2011 01:26 PM

          I agree there are so many cultures in NYC and each culture has brought it's own food influence. You are correct an Egg Cream is 100 percent NYC. Most folks from other places have no idea what it is and are shocked when there is no egg in it..


        2. CCSPRINGS RE: dan411 Mar 27, 2011 02:56 PM

          Sabrett's means NYC local to me, with mustard and onions. I mean onions in spicy red sauce.


          One could also argue Nathan's.

          BTW - I don't eat hotdogs anymore, but as a yougster couldn't get enough.

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            dan411 RE: dan411 Mar 31, 2011 06:54 AM

            Thanks guys ! appreciate your replies. I am working on this wiki page http://www.mycitycuisine.org/wiki/New... and sure need as many suggestions as possible.

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              JungMann RE: dan411 Mar 31, 2011 07:09 AM

              I'm sure Defonte's makes a great roast beef sandwich, but I'm not sure how intrinsically "New York" that is. Same for the potato & egg sandwich. I'm sure they're just as good as the kati rolls everyone seems to love, but I don't think they're quite ingrained into the city's culture. Not like foods such as:
              Junior's cheesecake
              black and white cookies
              rainbow cookies
              baked pretzels
              Manhattan clam chowder
              New York strip steak
              NY chow mein
              celery soda

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                j8715 RE: JungMann Mar 31, 2011 07:30 AM

                actually i've only ever seen them labeled new york strip steak outside of new york?

                am i alone in this?

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                  bbqboy RE: j8715 Apr 1, 2011 10:44 PM

                  you mean a Kansas City Strip Steak? :)

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                  mbfant RE: JungMann Mar 31, 2011 09:49 AM

                  Don't forget the mustard with the pretzels.
                  Has anyone mentioned pastrami?
                  Dirty-water dogs, definitely, with onions or sauerkraut.
                  Used to be bagels, till they went national, but still ... the smear is probably still NY.
                  Turkey sandwich with swiss and cole slaw? (even the Upper East Side is New York!)
                  Greenberg's brownies (or am I showing my age?)

                  OP should consult Arthur Schwartz's book on New York cooking.

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                    Cheese Boy RE: mbfant Mar 31, 2011 11:06 PM

                    Add New York Cookbook to that list, Molly O'Neill 1993.

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                      iluvcookies RE: mbfant Apr 1, 2011 07:07 PM

                      +1 on the Arthur Schwartz book. I just received it as a gift. As a life-long New Yorker, I can truly say it's a great look into NYC culinary history.

                3. michele cindy RE: dan411 Mar 31, 2011 07:23 AM


                  1. iluvcookies RE: dan411 Apr 1, 2011 07:06 PM

                    Egg creams

                    "regular" coffee (milk and 2 sugars, usually served in a blue paper cup with a Greek key design)

                    Bagels.... they may exist elsewhere but they taste the best here

                    Streit's Matzoh... made on Rivington St.

                    Sweet and Low... from Brooklyn

                    Thin crust NY style pizza

                    Black and white cookies

                    Junior's cheesecake

                    There is also the local "dining experience" found in places like Katz's, Eisenberg's, hot dogs from a street cart, coffee from the Mud Truck... I could go on.

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