New York City
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New York City 

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Local Specialties 

New York Bagel
The New York bagel is not like any bagel that you can find anywhere else in the world. Introduced by Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, the New York bagel is prepared as a boiled dough shaped into a donut and has a distinct chewy texture, sweet interior, and leathery outer crust. For the best bagels, go early when they are warm and straight from the oven. There's also a little-known cousin to the bagel, the bialy, which is like a bagel but the hole does not go all the way through.
New York bagel

New York style bagel by Alnokta

New York Hot Dogs
Another specialty is the New York Hot Dog and affectionately called "dirty water dogs" by the locals. You can find the hot dogs sold by street vendors from pushcarts on the city sidewalks and in the parks. Toppings include mustard, ketchup, and assortment of mouthwatering relishes. Take the subway to Coney Island (Stillwell Avenue Station), where Nathan’s famous hot dogs has been served at the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues for nearly 100 years.

New York Deli Sandwich
The New York deli sandwich is a delicacy introduced by Jewish immigrants from Romania and hugely popular with New Yorkers. The pastrami is brined, dried, seasoned with various herbs and spices, and then smoked and steamed. A good choice is the Reuben sandwich, comprising of rye bread layered with corned beef or pastrami, topped with sauerkraut and cheese, dressed, and then grilled. Variations include turkey and smoked salmon instead of beef and those served kosher.

Katz's Delicatessen at East Houston Street, New York City
Katz's Delicatessen by Beyond My Ken

New York Pizza
The New York pizza was introduced during the early 20th century. The pizza is traditionally hand tossed, has a thin crust, light toppings of tomato sauce, but with plenty of mozzarella cheese. The crust is made from high gluten bread and the taste of the crust is believed to be from the minerals present in the city’s water. The pizza is sold as a slice or whole and served plain (regular) or with additional toppings such as pepperoni.

Lombardi's Pizza at Spring Street, New York City

Lombardi's Pizza at Spring Street by Leonard J. DeFrancisci


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