When asked for recommendations, any proud New Yorker will gladly offer up their personal tips for the best bagels or the best New York pizza, but if you’re on the hunt for a truly iconic New York dish—that one thing that just doesn’t taste the same anywhere else—look no further than classic corned beef in NYC. Popularized by Jewish and Irish immigrants in the 19th century, corned beef is typically made from a kosher cut of beef brisket that’s been cured with corn kernel–size salt crystals for anywhere from three to 30 days. The result is a tender, flavorful slab of rubescent beef ready to be sliced up for sandwiches or served alongside cabbage. So whether you’re looking to reconnect with your Irish-American heritage with a hearty plate of corned beef and cabbage at one of the best Irish restaurants in NYC or challenge yourself with a monster-size corned beef on rye at one of our best Jewish delis, we’ve got all bases covered with these places known for slinging some of the best corned beef in NYC.
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