Foods & Influence

Ethnic Neighborhoods & Their Cuisine Influence

  • The Bronx: Mexican, Italian, Filipino foods.
  • Queens: Greek, Middle eastern, Chinese, Korean, Polish & Germany foods.
  • Brooklyn: Italian, Jewish & Jamaican foods.
  • Staten Island: Mexican, Italian & Pakistani foods.

Black & White Cookie

  • Soft sponge like cake shortbread.
  • Iced with 1/2 vanilla fondant and 1/2 Chocolate fondant.
  • Utica, New York is the earliest know place to make these cookies.


The Big Apple

Hot Dogs (NYC Style):

  • Sauerkraut
  • Onions
  • Spicy Brown Mustard
  • tomato paste

New York Bagel's

  • Soft
  • Chewy
  • Dough like

NYC Style Cheesecake

  • Mostly made with heavy cream, cream cheese, eggs and egg yolk.
  • Rich & Smooth
  • "Jewish Style"
  • Light brown exterior
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  • Thin crust.
  • Often sold in wide, one piece slices.
  • Light tomato sauce.
  • Hand tossed.
  • Mozzarella cheese.
  • "Street snack"

Eastern European Jewish Cuisine

Most popular Jewish/Kosher restaurants:

  • Taam-Tov.
  • Gottlieb's restaurant.
  • Barney.
  • Cafe Edison.

New York City Street Vendors

-Restaurants in the form of trucks or carts.

New York's Most Popular:

  • The Halal Guys (Middle Eastern)
  • Wafels and dinges (Belgian desserts)
  • Hallo Berlin Germany Food Stands (German)
  • Biryani Cart (Indian)