You may or may not have heard that Chicago had a pretty big weekend. (Something about baseball and billy goats?) But you don't need a 71-years-in-the-making World Series bid to enjoy Chicago-style grub in good ol' Gotham—NYC has plenty of deep-dish pizza and red hots for nostalgic transplants and New Yorkers who simply want a taste of the Windy City.
The Chicago bona fides extend beyond the Cubs stickers on the walls–North Shore native Emmett Burke pulls two Chicago-style za varieties at his West Village pizzeria: The city's famous two-inch-thick deep dish and the lesser-known thin-crust tavern pie. 50 Macdougal St (917-639-3571, emmettsnyc.com)
The Williamsburg pub is celebrating the Cubs' historic win with their take on an Italian beef. Bouillon-roasted meat is piled with house-made giardiniera relish made with melrose peppers grown specifically for the dish. 110 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn (718-302-1002, thebedfordonbedford.com)
It's hard to imagine it now but once upon a time, the New York burger titan was a wee little hot dog stand serving Chicago-style franks in Madison Square Park. The Shack-cago Dog is still available at the chain, loaded with Rick's Picks Shack relish, onion, cucumber, pickles, tomato, sport peppers, celery salt and mustard. E 23rd St and Madison Ave (212-889-6600, shakeshack.com)
Hank's Juicy Beef
The classic Chicago-style Italian beef sandwich is the star of this Tribeca sub shop. For the namesake hoagie (which made Time Out's list of 100 Best Dishes this year), Windy City native Henry "Hank" Tibensky dips slow-roasted, thin-sliced beef in savory au jus and piles it onto soft rolls imported from a family friend’s bakery in Chicago. 84 Chambers St (646-828-8996, hanksjuicybeef.com)
Sons of Thunder
This casual Murray Hill joint offers not only Hawaiian poké bowls but also, weirdly, a Chicago-style hot dog: Get a frank loaded with tomato, onion, Vienna sport peppers, pickles, dill relish, celery salt and mustard. Better load up on the napkins for this one. 204 E 38th St (646-863-2212, sonsofthunder.com)