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New York Cuisine

Cuisine of New York City comprises many cuisines belonging to various ethnic groups that have entered the United States through the city. Almost all ethnic cuisines are well represented in the city.

New York City has, as you might expect of the Big Apple, all the eating options covered and you can find almost every type of food available and every cuisine of the world represented. There are literally tens of thousands of restaurants, ranging from dingy US$2-a-slice pizza joints to the US$500-a-plate prix fixe sushi at Masa. Thousands of delis, bodegas and grocery stores dot every corner of the city and DIY meals are easy and cheap to find. Street food comes in various tastes, ranging from the ubiquitous New York hot dog vendors to the many middle eastern carts at street corners in mid-town. Fruit stalls appear at many intersections from Spring to Fall with ready to eat strawberries, bananas, apples, etc available at very low cost. Vegetarians will find New York to be a paradise with hundreds of vegetarian-only restaurants and good veggie options in even the most expensive places.

There is no bagel like the New York bagel anywhere else in the world. Bagels arrived from the old world with Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe and have become utterly New York in character. You can get bagels anywhere in the city but, for the best bagels you may have to trek away from the main tourist sites. Absolute Bagels at Broadway and 107th Street; H&H Bagels at Broadway and 80th Street. For the best bagels, go early when they are warm and straight from the oven.

Vendors all over the city sell hot dogs – affectionately called 'dirty water dogs' by the locals – from pushcarts on city sidewalks and in parks. Choose your toppings from mustard, ketchup and relish, wrap the dog in a paper napkin, and walk along the sidewalk trying not to let the toppings slip and slide all over your hands. Also recommended is Papaya King known for their inexpensive meals (US$3.25 for a dog and a drink) and their blended tropical fruit drinks and smoothies. Or, take the Subway to Coney Island for the famous Nathan's hot dog at 1310 Surf Avenue.

The New York deli sandwich is another delicacy brought over by Jewish immigrants, you must try either a corned beef or pastrami sandwich. There are some better known delis in the city, but the most famous one is Katz's Deli at Houston and Ludlow Streets. They have been around since 1888, and still pack them in day and night.

You can buy pizza, with a variety of toppings, by the slice from almost every pizzeria in the city. A New York pizza has a thin crust (sometimes chewy, sometimes crisp) well lathered with cheese. Buy a slice, mop the oil off with a fistful of napkins, and enjoy. Pick up one with pepperoni (a kind of salami) toppings and that's the quintessential meal on the go in New York.

The New York cheesecake is made famous by Lindy's and Junior's deli in New York. It relies upon heavy cream, cream cheese, eggs and egg yolks to add a richness and a smooth consistency.





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