Homesick? Find Your Hometown in New York

In New York, no matter what country you're from, there's a restaurant, bar or even a whole neighborhood that'll remind you of home. If you're from an American city like San Francisco or New Orleans, however, authentic reminders of home are harder to find. We aim to solve this dilemma for transplants from five major U.S. cities--San Francisco, New Orleans, Chicago, Boston and Philly--with a list of establishments where the food and people are reminiscent of home. Whether they make you want to leave New York or remind you of why you moved here in the first place, consider your homesickness cured. (Photo: The line for an SF-style burrito at Dos Toros)

Updated: September 09, 2010

Homesick for San Francisco

Dos Toros

137 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

SFers always whine about not being able to find a good San Francisco-style burrito in New York--unless they've discovered Dos Toros. Opened by Bay Area natives, this Union Square taqueria is a meticulous re-creation of legendary SF burrito spot Gordo Taqueria and a surefire cure for burrito withdrawal.


221 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

There's nothing inherently San Franciscan about this East Village spot--it's a standard, even sub-standard, Irish pub--but it's also a 49ers bar, and on Sundays during football season, hundreds of Niners fans show up to watch Alex Smith blow it at the last minute.

Homesick for New Orleans

The Charleston

174 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

If Cajun specialties like catfish po' boys, hush puppies and gator gumbo from Honeychiles (The Charleston's in-house kitchen) don't bring you back to the Big Easy, the fact that they're served in a grimy old Bourbon Street-grade dive bar will.

Ninth Ward

180 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

The weekend crowd at this East Village bar isn't authentic to New Orleans--or even the East Village--but go early on a weeknight and the voodoo dolls, original hurricane shutters and dim lighting will conjure that sexy, slow, slightly spooky Louisiana vibe.

Homesick for Chicago

Shake Shack

Madison Square Park, New York, NY 10010

Ironically, it's here at one the most iconic New York restaurants that you can get a truly authentic Chicagos-style hot dog (that's a Vienna beef hot dog on a poppy seed bun with mustard, relish, tomatoes, pickles, onions, celery salt and "sport" peppers). Better yet, it's available at all five S.S. locations--even Citi Field.

Kelly's Irish Pub

1469 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021

This Irish pub in the East Village isn't Chicago-themed, but on game days you'll find it packed to the brim with Chi fans watching their beloved Cubbies get pummeled by whatever team they're playing.

Homesick for Boston

Luke's Lobster

242 E 81st St, New York, NY 10028

Boston doesn't really have a signature food unless you count baked beans, but a proper, fresh (like, delivered daily from Maine) lobster roll or a mountain of fried clams will bring Boston back into focus faster than the Acela train.

Professor Thom's

219 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Whether you're a die-hard Red Sox, Celtics or Patriots fan or you just want to get into an old-fashioned bar brawl, this Bostonian bar has seven flat-screens so you can watch your team dominate every New York team--besides the Yankees, of course.

Homesick for Philadelphia

Wogie's Bar & Grill

39 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014

If you're from Philly, this is THE place to go when you're homesick in New York. In addition to hordes of hardcore Eagles fans, Wogies serves an authentic Philly cheesesteak slathered with greasy onions, peppers and Cheez Whiz.

Katz's Delicatessen

205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

This legendary deli is about as old-school New York as it gets, but Philly transplants swear that the cheesesteak at Katz's is among the best in the city (and much better than the garbage they're serving at that monstrosity, the Cheesesteak Factory, two doors down).