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New York City is home to some of the “best” known food in the country. Cuisines brought into the city from around the world have become staples in the eyes of New Yorkers and visitors alike. New York surely does know how to put their own spin on these foods and turn it into something you can only find the “best” of in the five surrounding boroughs. Let’s take a look at some of the foods only New York does best.

Pizza
Thin crust vs. deep dish is always the debate between Chicago and New York natives. In New York, the thinner the crust, the better the pie and the quicker it cooks in a city that moves faster than you can say “pizza.” Pizza is a staple in New York and something that can be found at almost every corner of each of the five boroughs.

Bagels
In the early 20th century, bagels were brought over to New York by Jewish immigrants from Europe. What sets New York bagels apart from all the rest is the fact that they are boiled and then baked. This gives them that hard, shiny outside and chewy, soft inside. Even though bagels are sold in stores all over the US, there’s nothing quite like a New York bagel.

Street Meat
Street meat originally came to the city in the early 1990s, introduced to NYC by an Egyptian immigrant who began serving Halal food on his food cart. Some of the vendors you will find include, Famous Halal Guys, Carnegie John’s, and Kwik Meal. Since then, the popularity of street meat took off and had started to rank above pizza and hot dogs as the number one stop for a quick lunchtime bite.

Cheesecake
The ever so famous New York Cheesecake was said to come about in 1872 when cream cheese was invented in Chester, NY. Arnold Reuben, well-known for the sandwich, was a German immigrant who is said to have created the New York cheesecake in 1929 and serve it at his two restaurants in the city. The reason behind New York cheesecake tasting the way it does is due to the cream cheese having extra egg yolk in it. This creates a thick and creamy cheesecake everyone has come to love.

People come from all over the world to visit New York and eat the local food. Although most of these foods can be found in stores and restaurants all over the country, there’s nothing like the New York original.