Restaurants in New York

New York is much more than New York City, which is so culinarily roiling that it can be difficult to discern what dishes and dining experiences are unique to it, or at least at their very best in it. Beyond Gotham, New York State is a rich lode of clearly discernible regional specialties. Buffalo itself has several, well beyond its wings. These include roast beef sandwiches on kummelweck rolls (“beef on weck”), spectacular candy shop/ice cream parlors where everything is made from scratch, and a culture of yummy charcoal cooked hot dogs. Hot dogs are big throughout upstate, where they come as white hots (“porkers”) or red hots. Red hots are the basis of the legendary Garbage Plate of Rochester, and also are served under a sort of Bolognese sauce in and around Plattsburgh, where they are known, somewhat mysteriously, as Michigans. Other upstate foods worth a detour include grilled skewers of marinated meat around Binghamton, where salt potatoes are the right side dish; marinated charcoal cooked Cornell chicken in the Southern Tier; and creamy, spicy chicken riggies around Utica.

New York’s Most Famous Dishes

Crisp-edge, creamy-center French fries sprinkled with salt

French Fries

Pizza is crowded with meats, veggies, and feta cheese


Broad basket holds sauce-brushed chicken wings along with blue cheese dressing and celery sticks ... must-eat Buffalo honor roll


Mountainous sandwich holds pastrami, egg, French fries, cole slaw, and a tomato at Primanti Brothers in Pittsburg, PA


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Skewered chunks of marinated grilled lamb resting on a piece of white bread


Faicco’s Pork Store - Sausage
Faicco’s Pork Store


Papaya King - Hot Dogs
Papaya King


John Thomas - Bone-In Sirloin
John Thomas


Delaware Delicacies Smoke House - Shrimp
Delaware Delicacies Smoke House


Glenwood Pines - Pinesburger
Glenwood Pines


Quickway Diner - Roast Beef
Quickway Diner


Moosewood Restaurant - Small Planet Burger
Moosewood Restaurant


Hal’s Deli - Potato Pancakes
Hal’s Deli


Nathan’s Famous - All-Beef Dogs
Nathan’s Famous


Oyster Bar - Pan Roast
Oyster Bar


Florentine Pastry Shop - Coconut Cream Pustie
Florentine Pastry Shop


Churrasqueira Bairrada - Barbecue Chicken
Churrasqueira Bairrada


Jim’s BBQ - Chicken Dinner
Jim’s BBQ


Circle E Diner - Diner Fries
Circle E Diner


Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop - Salami and Eggs
Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop


Johnny’s Reef


Tony’s Texas Hots


Danny’s Diner


Carnegie Deli


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Beef on Weck


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