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Aug 1st, 2012, 04:19 AM
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Iconic New York foods...NYTimes article

Bagels, bialys, pizza, dogs and more...can't say that I agree with all of Mimi's picks, though:


http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/01/di...r=1&ref=dining
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Aug 1st, 2012, 04:28 AM
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I'm disappointed they left out black and white cookies. I loved these as a child - but now they seem to have either shrunk into mini versions o themselves - or grown into a huge size that is way too thick and cake like.

Yes, they are supposed to be cake like under the icing - not crisp like a cookie - but they aren;t supposed to be the size of a frisbee - and they are supposed to be much thinner - not 1 to 1.5" thick.

Have not seem a real one in several years.
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Aug 1st, 2012, 05:14 AM
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nytraveler: Have you tried the black and whites at Glasers? I haven't, but no fondant on top already sounds great:

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/top-list...white-cookies/
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Aug 1st, 2012, 05:19 AM
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I've walked by Pastrami Queen many times, but my intense loyalty to Katz's and 2nd Avenue kept me from sampling the fare. No more!

Agree that the hot dogs really are better at Nathan's on Coney Island.
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Aug 1st, 2012, 05:21 AM
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Funny timing. I just created a photo album of my favorites from a visit to the Village with a Fodorite - and noted the bialys store was closed (as were The Pickle Guys). Thanks for this list, ekscrunchy! I'll use it in my upcoming visit!
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Aug 1st, 2012, 06:48 AM
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I preferred Pastrami King when it was still in Queens across from the courthouse. I made many pilgrimages out there, but Pastrami Queen is ok, though not as good for me as before it moved. I haven't been for a couple of years, so I may have to try it again now that I've relocated to the Upper East Side and am closer by. There's really no excuse now.
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Aug 1st, 2012, 07:18 AM
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Mimi should try bagels from Bagelworks on 1st Ave. Delicious and baked on premises.

A portion of sliced rye from Orwasher's 20 lb loaf is amazing. More like what was called corn rye in 60's Brooklyn bakeries, it is great toasted with unsalted butter.
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Aug 1st, 2012, 07:31 AM
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and noted the bialys store was closed (as were The Pickle Guys).

You were there either Friday afternoon or Saturday because they are closed for the Jewish Sabbath.
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There is a small difference between rye bread and Jewish corn bread, which is the corn meal that is added. But it looks and tastes nothing like American corn bread.
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Aug 1st, 2012, 07:45 AM
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Corn rye....oh, the memories of getting a loaf fresh and still warm from the bakery with its' crispy crust and dense innards screaming to be shmeared with unsalted butter. Thanks CPG for that quick hop down memory lane!

I am glad that the article said that true NY Cheesecake is not flavored, nor buried beneath a sea of glutinous "fruit" or other toppings. Vanilla and lemon [a hint] is the only true homage.

Bagels need holes in the middle; it is, as the article stated, essential to getting a resplendent taste of the filling unencumbered by the bagel. Think of it as the bagels "belly-button" and the life connect that comes of it.

Never all that fond of a bialy, I would kill for one, being here in the deli barreness of the southwest.

The snap of a good Kosher hot dog can revive a person, so that they may continue on to down a pastrami on rye is a joy to behold. A slather of deli mustard is very good, but...

...please, put that pastrami on rye, with Thousand Island and some cole slaw.

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A native NYer, languishing for NY foods, in the vast barrens of the Southwest!
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Aug 1st, 2012, 07:47 AM
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You also could have been there on an asosrtment of Jewish holidays when they also would be closed.
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Aug 1st, 2012, 07:50 AM
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DebitNM: Will any NYC restaurants ship to the Southwest? Grey's Papaya?? Katz? Juniors? (in a pinch you could do worse)
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Aug 1st, 2012, 08:06 AM
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H&H used to ship here. The only safe time to ship here is in winter; I wouldn't chance it during the summer for sure.
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Aug 1st, 2012, 08:24 AM
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I was there during Easter break/ Passover. They were closed for the week.
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Aug 1st, 2012, 08:32 AM
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The good H & H is out of business.

I doubt if Grey's ship the dogs barely make it to the counter.

Katz's is known to ship salamis but I do not know about pastrami.

Junior's freezes their cheesecakes for shipping.
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Aug 1st, 2012, 08:45 AM
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Junior's also freezes their cheesecakes for transport from Brooklyn to Grand Central and Times Square, which is probably why the ones from Brooklyn taste better.
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Aug 1st, 2012, 09:38 AM
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This is the best post I've read in a LONG TIME!! It makes me
sorry I ever left the Big Apple.
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Aug 1st, 2012, 09:51 AM
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The bialys place was closed when we went too. Looking forward to trying those on our next trip. We did get some cinnamon and chocolate babka - good stuff.
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Aug 1st, 2012, 09:57 AM
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ah, chocolate babka - another delight. And meltaway coffee cakes from a wonderful bakery in New Rochelle, Hackers.
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Aug 1st, 2012, 11:18 AM
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DebitNM, have you ever tried Wolfe's Bagels on Montgomery? If so, how do they compare to what you remember?

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Aug 1st, 2012, 11:22 AM
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Native Californian here. What is a bialy? But do love Manhattan clam chowder. Hard to find and then when you do, it is hard to find a good one. Found a nice one at the Ferry Building in SF.
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