“Anything with chopsticks ranks high on our list! Best dumplings are in Queens and best dim sum is in Brooklyn’s Chinatown.” — Lisa Frantz & Lydia Marks, Marks & Frantz Interior Design
“That’s tough, and while we’re inclined to say pizza, we’ve noticed the biggest difference in NYC bagels from other parts of the country, probably because of the water. Some of our favorite spots include Ess-a-Bagel, Kossar’s Bialys, and Murray’s Bagels, to name a few, but sometimes, a neighborhood bagel joint, just around the corner, is somehow the most gratifying. Having said that, the city is home to any cuisine imaginable, and in our opinion, that’s what makes the NYC food scene so spectacular.” — Tigh Loughhead, Elegran
“Without a doubt, pizza. Check out St. Mark’s Place for the best $1 slice of cheese you can find in the city. And of course, you can’t leave without grabbing a falafel. You can literally find it anywhere and it’s always fantastic. Just remember, if they are being too nice, move along to the next option!” — Jeffery Schreiner, Memoky Inc.
“Some might say street meat, but after seeing numerous news stories and getting some inside information, I would not advise. Take your pick: Chinese or pizza. Dim sum: Shun Lee, and pizza: John’s of Bleecker Street.” — Matt Lesser, Leslie J. Garfield
“A bagel and cream cheese. You can find them at most food carts and all delis. They don’t compare anywhere else along the East Coast!” — Claudine Williams, Claudine Williams Photography
“I’ve got to go with Katz’s Delicatessen on Houston Street for the best pastrami sandwiches in NYC. My grandfather and other relatives would go there every Sunday. Such a great childhood memory, and can’t help but feel that is quintessential NYC!” — Michael Kormos, Michael Kormos Photography
“Hard to argue with the Middle Eastern fare of Halal Guys. A proper New York institution that you can’t get just anywhere.” — Brandon Carter, The SquareFoot