Craving New York Food
Thinking of moving to Arizona next month.
Scottsdale, Tempe or Mesa area.
Have been living in Southern California the last few months and craving for New York style food.
There's nothing here.
Italian, Chinese, bakeries, anything.
Please tell me, or recommend where to get the best or as close to New York style food as I can get.
I'll even be happy with a "dirty water hot dog"
Where in SoCal are you? I ask because depending on where you are, the Phoenix metro area could offer much more variety or much less.
In general, though, I think anyone who moves to the West Coast or the Southwest expecting to find NY-style pizza (bagels, Americanized Chinese, hot dogs, Jewish deli fare, etc, etc) is bound to be disappointed.
We have friends who live up the road a piece from there, and I would say that Phoenix would be a big step up in terms of the overall food scene. Our friends generally don't eat out around there, and instead take advantage of what's available in San Diego and Orange counties (with the occasional foray into LA and environs). Of course, this pretty much limits them to eating out only on weekend nights.
So, while you will certainly find more variety in Phoenix metro than you can in the immediate Temecula/Murrieta area, I don't think Phoenix is necessarily a place you want to move to if your main purpose is to find "________ like they have in New York."
i moved out to the valley from new york about a year ago. imho nmiracle mile deli at 20th and camelback serves wonderful overstuffed pastrami and corned beef sandwiches that rival anything i've had in ny. and their prices are so reasonable about $8 or $9 per sandwich including choice of side.
Out of good conscience, I feel compelled to offer a competing opinion on Miracle Mile. If their sandwiches rival anything you've had in NY, please, please, please talk to me before your next visit there :-)
It's a decent sandwich, but let's not get carried away. Phoenix has its strengths, but deli isn't one of them.
So far as something that comes close to NYC deli I've found Archie's Deli in Surprise to be as close as I've found.
Now true, a couple of year back it was REALLY good, and I'm going to speculate that the Sun City crowd, as always, has messed this one up to a degree with complaining about the abundant size sandwiches "Ohhh, this is too much food...blah blah blah" so naturally they scaled the portions down and kept the prices the same to satisfy the old farts. BUT, in spite of that, it's still pretty good, with all of the standard NYC deli offerings. A MOM and POP joint that does a very respectable job!
Scott's Generations deli in Phoenix at 7th St. and Missouri is a NewYork-oriented option (not strictly kosher, though) and Karsh's bakery is c couple of doors away in the same center. You also could try Chompie's, which has at least three locations -- PV mall @ Tatum & Cactus, Scottsdale @ 92nd & Shea, Tempe on University east of Rural.
Is Goldman's still in business (Scottsdale, Hayden & Indian Bend)?
Scott's Generations Restaurant
5539 N 7th St # 108, Phoenix, AZ
4568 E Cactus Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85032
If you venture to Sedona, New York Bagels comes pretty close with some of their baked goods - crumb cake, black and whites, almond horns etc. The bagels are okay, but it's not H&H
Chompie's is passable for anyone who is not familiar with NYC style delis. I wouldn't recommend it for the op.
I haven't found anything in the Valley that closely resembles even mediocre delis in NYC. But the culinary options in Phoenix metro area is quickly approaching that of SF. That doesn't help one who is craving "New York food" but it will satisfy cravings for awesome pizza(Bianco), American (FnB), and creative fare (Kai).
If you didn't find good Chinese in LA then you weren't looking. San Gabriel Valley has way better Chinese food than Manhattan, though I never tried the other boroughs.
So I recommend discovering the unique foods of the Valley. And if you are feeling risky, try New Mexican spicy dishes at Los dos Molinos.
You'll have to get proper deli fare when you visit home. Good luck and enjoy your new digs.
Yes Chompie's is passable.
For deli sandwiches I've found them to be the best around so far.
They also have a pretty good bakery department.
For pizza, I found a gem!!!
Thunderbird and 7 Street
As close to New York pizza as you can get out here