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Mar 25, 2011 03:37 AM

Looking for suggestions on local food in NYC

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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  1. 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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    1. re: cavandre

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

    2. 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...


      1. 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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        1. re: Fida

          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. 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.

          1. Thanks guys ! appreciate your replies. I am working on this wiki page and sure need as many suggestions as possible.

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            1. re: dan411

              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

              1. re: JungMann

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

                am i alone in this?

                1. re: JungMann

                  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.

                  1. re: mbfant

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

                    1. re: mbfant

                      +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.