by Patrick Heig - 324 Reviews - 95 List
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).