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Eater's 30 Iconic NYC Restaurant Dishes

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"Iconic" = orderable today? Huh?


Dishes invented or claimed in New York City Edit


Egg cream

Bloody Mary

Chef salad

Chicken à la King[6]

Chicken and waffles

Chicken Divan

Cronut (Boh)

Delmonico steak

Egg cream

Eggs Benedict

General Tso's chicken

Ice cream cone

Lobster Newburg

Mallomars[7] (HELLO SUZANNE!!!)


Manhattan Special – A type of carbonated espresso drink.

Pasta primavera

Penne alla Vodka

Reuben sandwich

Steak Diane

Spaghetti and meatballs

Vichyssoise (Really?)

Waldorf salad

Street food Edit



Pizza truck in Midtown


Vendor in New York City



Chinese kebabs (chuanr)





fried chicken

fried noodles

Gray's Papaya, Papaya King – combined papaya juice/hot dog stands


grilled chestnuts[3]


Halal chicken/lamb over rice[8]


honey-roasted peanuts, almonds, cashews, and coconut

hot dog stands

Italian ice

Italian sausage, bratwurst


Mister Softee ice cream



pizza, especially New York-style pizza

soft pretzels[3]

souvlaki/shish kebab



take-out soup, as Soup Kitchen International

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I scored 19.   Anyone done all 30?

Ask a 19 year old intern at Eater?

Only 7 for me.   I suspect I'd score higher on a list of New York's iconic bars.

I got 15, 16 if you count the fact that I've had the Halal Guys' food, but at their outpost here in San Jose.


I've had a hot dog at Gray's, but never 2 at a time.

You know I honestly have no specific memory, but it's a safe bet I have. :D

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Whoa, take away the broccoli and chicken divan is very like duckling Mondor. Good cheese and cream, and pistachios rather than almonds in the latter.


That's almost as interesting as discovering that Tolkien got the idea for The Hobbit from a Bulldog Drummond story.

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Vichyssoise: who knew?


(Apparently, that claim is subject to some dispute.)

Maybe just the name, I'm pretty sure leek and potato soup with more or less the same recipe has been around for a while.


I've had 13 or 14 of those (not sure if looking in digust at the rotting chicken and shredded prefab doner counts as trying Halal Guys).

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