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Classic New York Dishes [moved from Manhattan]

I am looking for some dishes that define New York City that can be served hot for catering purposes. Any ideas? So far I've got Hot Dogs and Sauerkraut. Pizza is not an option for this.

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    1. re: tex.s.toast

      second this.

      Katz Deli. Get pastrami and corn beef, fat on, on rye.

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      Katz's Delicatessen
      205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

    2. Lower East Side kosher pickles. Italian-American meatballs. The Hudson Valley is famous for its ducks -- is that venturing too far from the city? Cold smoked duck breast can be sliced and used in a variety of appetizers/snacks.

      1. It would be helpful to know how high/low brow you are shooting for. One dish that, to me, defines NYC is chicken/lamb over rice, from the ubiquitous halal carts. I've not done it but im sure with a little leg work you could arrange to have this catered, or find someone to make a version for you (there is a serious eats post floating around about how to do this, im fairly certain).

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          1. re: tex.s.toast

            its not about price, it's about authenticity.

          2. Does the food *have* to be served hot? I would put bagels & lox on the list, if it doesn't.

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              1. re: AYSConsulting

                Alright, then LEO - scrambled eggs with lox & onions.