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The Seven Most Iconic Dishes of New York City

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New York City is a city known for its food and certain world famous dishes have helped shape the diverse foodie landscape that we know today. So with that in mind, here are the seven most iconic dishes of New York City. They should all be on your to do list if you haven’t tried them already!

The Pastrami Sandwich from Katz’s Delicatessen – 205 E Houston St

Katz's Delicatessen Pastrami Sandwich

Katz’s Deli has truly perfected the art of making pastrami. It is the gold standard and the best way to enjoy their pastrami is their classic pastrami sandwich. The formula is simple. It is just rye bread and a ton of pastrami piled on top. You don’t need anything else because their pastrami is that good. Be sure to get the matzo ball soup too!

A Margherita Pie from Lombardi’s Pizza – 32 Spring St

Lombardi's Margherita Pizza

There are only a few things that get us more excited than a margherita pizza pie straight out of the coal oven at Lombardi’s. So trust us, this is one pizza you don’t order to go. The crust, the fresh mozzarella and the sauce are all top notch and the pizza as a whole is absolutely delicious.

A Cronut from Dominique Ansel Bakery – 189 Spring St

Cronut
P.C.: Yelp, Lori L.

The popularity of the cronut (a croissant and doughnut hybrid) has spawned a ton of imitators but you can only get the real cronut from Dominique Ansel Bakery in SoHo. Even to this day the wait for it can be long but when you do get your hands on it, the cronut is worth every bite of flakey goodness.

The Porterhouse from Peter Luger Steak House – 178 Broadway, Brooklyn

Porterhouse Peter Lugers
P.C.: Yelp, Ben L.

Peter Luger’s name is synonymous with excellence and their porterhouse is simply perfect. Their steaks are always of the highest quality. It is aged perfectly, it is cut perfectly and most all it is grilled perfectly. Every step of the process just adds to your unforgettable dinner so this is one steak worth splurging on.

The Peking Duck at Peking Duck House – 28 Mott St

Peking Duck House
P.C.: Yelp, Hungry K.

The Peking duck at the Peking Duck House is prized for its crispy skin and juicy meat. It is carved tableside and it is served with pancakes, veggies and duck sauce. It is the best Peking duck you can get aside from taking a long trip to China.

Hot Dogs from Nathan’s Famous – 1310 Surf Ave, Brooklyn

Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs

Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island is a landmark and their hot dogs are their shining star. It is the juiciest hot dog we ever had and every hot dog there has the perfect snap with every bite. There is no question that they are insanely addictive.

A Slice of Cheesecake from Eileen’s Special Cheesecake – 17 Cleveland Pl

Eileen's Special Cheesecake

Finally for dessert how about a slice of the iconic cheesecake from Eileen’s Special Cheesecake. It is creamy and light and it has a yummy graham cracker crust. Our favorite flavors are strawberry and pineapple. Either way, their cheesecake always hits the spot and it is truly something special.

Did we miss any iconic dishes of New York City? Feel free to share them in the comment section below.

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