Living in New York can be a dream. You are in one of the most robust and vibrant urbanized cities in the world. But there are certain things you need to have tried when you live in the city to qualify as an New Yorker. There are, for example, classic NY foods you should have eaten at one point in your entire life.
What, you may ask? Here are the food items:
Who does not love a perfectly grilled steak? New Yorkers love to flock to steakhouses since the Big Apple can cook up a mean steak. Especially when you go to a Mexican grill, American diner or kosher restaurants in Manhattan, you will get premium grade steaks that you will undoubtedly enjoy for dinner.
A pastrami sandwich
A popular sub that a real New Yorker would eat at least once a week is a pastrami on rye. It is one of NY’s culinary specialties. The best deli shops in the boroughs have one on their menu. It is served hot on toasted rye bread with thinly sliced pastrami piled high on top. It is one of the things a true New Yorker would have for lunch.
If you want something to munch on the go, you will choose to buy a pretzel. It’s the perfect thing to eat while traveling if you don’t want to spend big. They are soft and chewy, which makes them so irresistible. Plus, the fine sprinkling of salt delicately balances the sugary sweetness. You can buy them anywhere you want since food carts always serve them hot and fresh.
Bagels are a New Yorker’s favorite food to have to start their day right. You will have been willing to stand in line just to get the chance to have a bite of this delicious bread. If you are an New Yorker, you would have had it with butter or a nice thick spread of cream cheese. It is the only way you can have a filling breakfast when you are short on time.
New York-style pizza has been making a name for itself since its first inception. You can never say you live in the Big Apple without ever getting a slice of the world-famous pizza. You can undoubtedly devour an entire pie no problem. No one can resist the thin but crisp crust that is topped with a sweet marinara sauce and heaps of creamy goodness from melted mozzarella cheese.
You can find it anywhere in the five boroughs of the city. Countless pizzerias dot the NY streets, and real New Yorkers always drop by to get a slice. There are some that are open 24/7 since they know how much the locals love it. You must have experienced enjoying a pizza slice with a glass of wine when you hang out with your friends.
These are dishes you need to have tried to be an authentic New Yorker. So, are you one?
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