People who love to travel often love to eat and foodies often flock to cities like Chicago and New York. They're both full of restaurants and cafes of all sizes and offer different cuisines, and they both attract impressive and talented chefs. People are always excited to go to either place in order to try new restaurants and, of course, take a lot of photos of the delicious meals to remember them by (and post them on social media).
Which city has better food, Chicago or NYC? Let's take a look at the kind of dishes that we can find in each city before crowning one place the winner.
New Yorkers Love Pizza, Bagels, And A Special Sandwich
Pizza and New York go together like peanut butter and jelly. You can grab a slice and walk around the busy streets, stand or sit at the counter and chow down, or go out to a fancier sit-down restaurant and buy a whole pie. When you're in NYC, you definitely have to go to Joe's Pizza. It's an iconic place that has been around since 1975 and has many locations, including Carmine Street in the West Village. As the website explains, "At Joe's, you won't find any pretentious concoctions nor do we serve bargain pizza made with who-knows-what. It's just the old-school, real deal New York Pizza. No string-bean, asparagus covered, wild turkey surprise pizza here." Get a Sicilian Square Pie, Plain cheese pie, or Fresh Mozzarella pie.
You also can't miss the bagels in NYC. Absolute Bagels is a popular place to enjoy this carb-heavy delight, according to Eater.com. The publication says that the bagels are big and people love getting the everything flavor. There are many glowing Trip Advisor reviews with people saying things like "the best bagel of my life!"
There's another unique aspect to the foodie scene in NYC: the BEC which is a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich. People absolutely love this dish. Time Out mentions Sarge's Delicatessen & Diner in the Murray Hill area as a great place to get one.
You Can Try Deep Dish Pizza And Hot Dogs In Chicago
While NYC is a place to get delicious pizza, Chicago is famous for its deep-dish pizza. Many people love getting pizza at Giordano's. This Trip Advisor review shares how good it was: "Deep dish is crazy! Very delicious pizza. For the first time in my life, I tried this, and it is unforgettable. You have to try." Another customer wrote, "That crust tasted like a cookie, so good and crispy. The sauce was on point and you could taste that it was made fresh."
Another famous food in Chicago is hot dogs. People even call them "Chicago-style hot dogs" if they have these toppings: dill pickle, tomato, celery salt, pickled peppers, white onions, yellow mustard, and relish. You'll also see menu descriptions like "dragged through the garden" to describe toppings. People love going to a restaurant called Downtown Dogs. This Trip Advisor review says it all: "it is my 5th visit to Chicago and each time, I try a new place for the famous Chicago Dog. This place hands down was my favorite."
The Restaurant Scene In NYC Is Famous And Diverse
Ultimately, it seems like even though Chicago has amazing food and a lot of excellent restaurants, New York is a winner in this category. The restaurant scene is famous and diverse and you can literally find any kind of food here. Tourists with cravings for certain foods can get anything that they want, and you'll definitely come across trends that you didn't know were happening.
Looking at a Reddit thread about restaurant food in New York sheds light on how good and diverse the options are. One person posted about their favorite food in the city: "Beef chow fun and fried dumplings from Wo-Hop on Mott st. In Chinatown. I live in NJ and frequently take the ride over to eat this." Another shared that they love the Turkish food at Taci's Beyti in Sheepshead Bay, and everything from fries to BLTs to dumplings to lamb kebabs to dumplings was also mentioned. Many restaurants/bakeries/cafes also open in NYC first and then expand to other locations in North America, like the famous Milk Bar that opened in New York in 2008 and is now in Toronto, Las Vegas, and Washington, D.C.
Even though Chicago has many great restaurants and there are so many cities in North America that get praise for their food scene, it's fair to say that NYC still tops the list.