The Essential New York food quiz

When rumors of Katz’s closure circulate, everyone’s a preservationist—but when did you last dig into a pastrami on rye?

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How New Yorkers answered

The city has spoken: One hundred Gothamites took our quiz, and it seems that the New York of Neil Simon now belongs to Carrie Bradshaw. Three words: Save the cheesecake!




38% of those polled could name two ingredients (seltzer and chocolate syrup) in an egg cream.




80% nailed a pair of elements in a Cosmo (vodka and cranberry juice).




Nathan’s Famous really is…famous: 91% of those polled are acquainted with their dogs. Nathan’s other legacy, according to one New Yorker—dirty bathrooms.


51% said they have never eaten a street-cart hot dog.

31% have dipped into the dirty water within the past year.




At Katz’s Delicatessen, you’re either a regular or a regular schmuck: 40% of respondents have gone in the past year; 29% have never gone at all.


40% of New Yorkers thought “Sturgeon King” Barney Greengrass peddled in wheatgrass.

36% named the correct answer: fish.




51% of respondents claim never to have stood in line at Magnolia.


40% dropped the ball on Grimaldi’s pizza. The top guess: meatball subs.


60% correctly identified Yonah Schimmel as the potato-pie pro; 19% of those polled picked the fictional Mendey Schvantze.


85% paired Ray’s name with pie (with a fair bit of editorializing: respondents called the slices “nasty”).


The hottest table in town?
24% (the highest percentage) covet a Per Se resy
18% hanker for Peter Luger
13% named Momofuku Ko their dream dinner
7% of those surveyed fingered Buddakan
The write-in favorites: Nobu and Gramercy Tavern.




The oyster decision is split:
49% want it classic at Grand Central Oyster Bar
46% crave New England chic at Pearl
(5% “don’t eat oysters”)




Hot pretzels: Not just for tourists anymore.
87% have eaten the salty on-the-go snack.
13% said no (“If only they were hot!”).




For the most important meal of the day: 51% prefer a bagel and lox
49% opt for a yuppie croissant and latte.




When it comes to steak, old school rules: 69% choose Luger.




Save the cheesecake!” was the chant heard round Brooklyn when Junior’s caught fire in 1982. But in 2008, 56% would dig into molten chocolate cake over NYC’s dessert legacy.


Additional reporting by Travis Delingua

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