NYC's 50 most American eats to devour this 4th of July
July 4th is here, and that means two things: 1) you're gonna need to find a rooftop to cram yourself on in order to catch some fireworks, and 2) you're gonna need a list of the 50 most American eats in NYC, so you can patriotically stuff your face this weekend. Well, in no particular order, we've got you covered:
1. Ditch Dogs from Ditch PlainsWest Village
The only question is, “Why isn’t everything covered in mac & cheese?”
2. Slushies from Kelvin Natural Slush Co.Multiple Locations
Do your best to drink it while loitering somewhere, if you can.
3. Bagels & Lox from Russ & Daughters CafeLower East Side
Classic NYC = Classic America.
4. Fried clam & lobster sandwich from The ClamWest Village
It’ll make you miss the beach, but at least you’ll be eating fried clams.
5. Donuts at Dough LocoUpper East Side
Donuts come in many forms, but getting crazy innovative on them like the pineapple/brown butter-glazed number here? That’s the American way.
6. Butterscotch Pudding from Puddin' by ClioEast Village
Snacking is American, and pudding is the ultimate snack. YOU DO THE MATH.
7. The Hardbody from RippersRockaway Beach
"As American as eating apple pie" should be changed to, "As American as eating burgers on the beach".
8. Lobster rolls from Luke’s LobsterEast Village
If you're only gonna have one, go with Luke's. If you're gonna have many, click here.
9. Crispy chicken biscuits from Tchoup Shop at Heavy WoodsBushwick
Something this beautiful has to be American.
10. Brunch from almost anywhereMultiple Locations
Whether it involves bottomless drinks or not, this had to be on here.
11. Fried chicken from Bromberg Bros. Blue Ribbon Fried ChickenEast Village
Fried chicken, fried chicken with honey, fried chicken all over your face and lap. It’s what our forefathers risked their lives to protect.
12. Donut Burger at Burger BistroUpper East Side
A burger alone is pretty damn American, but using a donut as a bun? That’s downright patriotic.
13. A martini with so many olives in it, it counts as food at Dylan PrimeTribeca
Turning a martini into food is very American.
14. Philly Cheesesteak at Phil’s SteaksMultiple Locations
Philadelphia would ball-punch you if you said the cheesesteak wasn’t an essential American sandwich.
16. Fried chicken and biscuits at Bobwhite Lunch and Supper CounterAlphabet City
It’s not the South, but you can at least eat like it here.
17. Brisket from BrisketTownWilliamsburg
There’s no denying it -- brisket (and BBQ in general) is classic red, white, and blue.
18. A black and white cookie from literally anywhere in NYCMultiple Locations
“Look to the cookie.”
19. Monster banana splits from Morgenstern's Finest Ice CreamLower East Side
Why have one scoop of ice cream, when you can have three topped with bananas and a ton of other awesome stuff?
A classic take on a classic dish. So classic.
22. Fried pickles from Pickle ShackGowanus
We can pickle that. Because we're American.
24. Rice krispy treats at Treat HouseUpper West Side
Best cereal treat in America, or best cereal treat in the world?
25. Cast-iron cookie from Boulton & WattEast Village
Your Mom would have hated this thing. But she’s not here, is she??
26. The Colonie Burger from ColonieBrooklyn Heights
They only serve a limited number of these a day, and the ingredients are so local that it’s physically not even possible to be more homegrown.
Sure, it’s an Italian dish, but it’s also the biggest one you’ve ever seen, which makes it an American dish.
28. Double Shack Burger from Shake ShackMultiple Locations
You loved those crazy ones, but now’s the time for a classic.
29. Patty melt at The ButterflyTribeca
It’s a burger, but it’s also a sandwich. That’s double America.
30. Chicken fried steak at The DerbyLower East Side
It’s a fried steak. A fried. Steak. A. Fri. Ed. Ste. Ak.
31. Pork ribs at Hometown Bar-B-QueRed Hook
Seriously, c'mon. They're ribs, dude.
It doesn’t matter if you’re there at 2pm or 2am, get it done. Bonus points for the corn dog, or if chili is involved.
33. Oysters from North River Lobster CompanyHell’s Kitchen
Getting oysters on a boat is the bar, but if you want to dip below it, there are a ton of great ways to do that, too.
34. Waffle sandwich from Waffle & WolfWilliamsburg
When you make a waffle into a sandwich, it becomes American. Filling it with pulled pork or chicken doesn’t hurt either.
35. An Apple Pie Blizzard from Dairy QueenChelsea
The only way it could be more American is if it was flown to you on a bald eagle.
It’s a 13-layer grilled cheese, and it’s damn delicious.
37. Bacon tasting at BarBaconHell’s Kitchen
America does bacon better than anywhere else in the world. That’s just a fact.
39. Bong-smoked oysters from DesnudaWilliamsburg
Oyster are already very America, but then they went and smoked ‘em IN A BONG.
40. A grilled cheese with chips in it from The Wash HouseEast Village
Not only can you get a dope grilled cheese, but this place will also do your laundry.
41. Lobster mac & cheese from Red Hook Lobster PoundMultiple Locations
Feel free to get two or three of these to maximize your American-ness.
Anytime you manage to get booze in your food, it’s a good thing. And an American thing.
43. Beef rib from Mighty Quinn's BarbequeEast Village
It’s massive, impressive, and delicious... just like America.
44. Fried chicken biscuits from Empire BiscuitAlphabet City
The only thing un-American is not also getting the bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit.
45. All kinds of crazy chicken nuggets at The Nugget SpotEast Village
You grew up on chicken nuggets, and you grew up in America, therefore, this is perfect. Our logic is irrefutable.
46. Ice cream sandwiches from CoolhausMultiple Locations
Try to get something that sounds extra American, like blueberry sweet corn or the beer & pretzels.
Burning your taste buds right off is every American’s right. It’s in the Constitution. Somewhere.
48. Super-Duper Stack Burger from Genuine RoadsideHell’s Kitchen
In America, every stack should be a double stack.
49. Pigs in a blanket from Brooklyn PiggiesEast Village
Look at that picture. LOOK AT IT. Okay then.
Come on, it’s bacon on a stick.