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?
Wed Nov 5 2008
Take our quiz to test your relationship to the NYC classics, then click here to see how our poll of 100 New Yorkers did.
The “Would you rather?” round
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.
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