No matter how much food we manage to shove into our mouths while visiting any one of our United States, there will always be one iconic dish that proves to be memorable. If you’re from out of state, you may picture New York to be filled with food carts toting street meat and soft pretzels being enjoyed by the masses. Ready to prove that there are so many delicious dishes that make up our great state, here are 14 iconic foods in New York that will have your mouth watering:
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1. Garbage Plate
Founded in 1918, Rochester's own Nick Tahou Hots is the creator of the hearty dish the Garbage Plate. Created by a Greek immigrant who sought out to fill the bellies of New York's hungry residents during the Depression Era, this meal offered a large variety of food for a great price. Ready to hear what lies inside this great mound of food? On your plate you'll be diving into a base of home fries and macaroni salad, followed by scrumptious meats like hot dogs, hamburger, chicken or even sausages!
2. New York-Style Pizza
While we can't take full claim over the general appetizing pie, we most certainly can declare that we added a pretty significant New York touch to it. Our giant sized, thin crusted pizzas taste like a bite of heaven. With America's first pizzeria opening right in New York City's Little Italy in 1905, we've been hooked on the Italian treat ever since!
3. Utica Greens
Throughout the country you'll find almost each and every state taking the basic greens dish and adding their own unique style to it. In New York, we're happy to call Utica Greens one of our favorite dishes. Usually composed of escarole and kale, this amazing dish pays homage to the area's American-Italian roots!
Arguably the food that our state is most well known for, Wings are said to have been invented in New York during the 1960s. While the city of Buffalo offers the birth place of this dish and many other mouth watering restaurants, don't disclude the rest of our state when it comes to trying memorable Wings!
5. Beef on Weck
Greatly found in the Buffalo area, this fantastic sandwich is known for the use of its special rolls. Lying inside of the salted and seeded rolls you'll find the most perfect slices of roast beef you've ever tasted!
6. Black & White or Half Moon Cookies
If you're from out of state, you may be scratching your head trying to figure out the exact differences between these two extremely similar style cookies. Pictured first, you'll see the Upstate favorite, the Black and White cookie, made up of a soft shortbread and topped with vanilla and chocolate fondant. In the second picture what you're seeing are Half Moon cookies, made from devil's food cake (which can also come in a vanilla base) topped with buttercream frosting! While each version of these sweet treats has their differences, both versions are wonderful and widely enjoyed throughout Upstate and Central New York.
7. Chicken Riggies
A favored Italian-American dish amongst Utica residents, you'll have a pretty difficult time trying to enjoy this dish anywhere outside of the Upstate region. Inside this savory dish you'll find chicken, peppers, rigatoni and tomato cream sauce. Yummy!
8. Salt Potatoes
When people who aren't from New York hear about our obsession with such a simple dish, they're often left wondering exactly what it is that makes us love our Salt Potatoes so much! Created in the late 1800s by Irish Immigrants in the Syracuse area, this popular lunch item has been a favored Western New York snack ever since.
9. New York Cheesecake
Like pizza, New Yorkers may not be able to fully claim this iconic food, but we certainly feel cheesecake wasn't the marvelous wonder that it is today until we put our Empire touch on it! It was back in 1929 when New York City restaurant owner Arnold Reuben made the claim that his family was the first to ever create a cream cheese cake recipe, since then many have put their own various twist on the sweet food.
10. Nathan's Hot Dogs
With it's first Coney Island store still standing, Nathan's Hot Dogs have become one of, if not the most famous hot dogs around the world. Crafted by a Polish immigrant who started selling the special hot dogs for only a mere nickel, today they're sought out by fans globally and also can be found in many grocery stores across the United States. Amazing!
11. Peppermint Pig
Upstate's way of replacing the traditional candy cane with something a bit more memorable and unique, the Peppermint Pig has become a holiday hit. Tasting exactly how it sounds, the minty flavored pig comes with a small size hammer for you to crack it into bite size pieces! It's truly quite the treat.
12. Saratoga Chips
History tells us that the first recipe for the chip was created in England in 1822, but ask around New York and you may not hear the same tale! Legend has it that in the mid 1800s at Moon's Lake House, the chef came across an unhappy customer who kept complaining that his (what we would now call today) french fries were cut too thick. After the chef was sent back the dish several times, he finally cut the potatoes paper-thin creating a crispy and salty snack AKA Saratoga Chips was born!
Created in Binghamton and widely enjoyed throughout Central New York, this amazing sandwich will make your taste buds explode! Generally consisting of chicken (but sometimes beef, pork or veal) this Italian bread sandwich is usually prepared overnight and is topped off with an unforgettable marinade.
14. Sponge Candy
The perfect way to complete any Western New York meal and our list, this chocolate coated dessert will absolutely make your mouth water. Native to the Buffalo area, this bite size treat is made with brown sugar!
How many of these delectable New York dishes have you tried? Picking just one favorite item off this list feels nearly impossible, they’re all so incredibly tasty!