Dirty water dogs
The original New York City street meat, dirty water hot dogs are about as iconic in New York as Times Square prostitutes. And, much like a Times Square prostitute, a dirty water hot dog might seem like a good idea in the moment, but will make you regret all your life decisions the morning after.
“I stay away from those for the same reason I avoid all meats,” says Dr. Heyman. “Particularly processed meat, or meat that comes from multiple sources. They are packed with nitrates and preservatives, linked to cancer and heart disease. Why even bother?”
A staple at any New York City pizzeria (or combo pizzeria-bagel shop), ziti pizza answers the eternal, “pizza or pasta?” question. Why choose when you can have both?! Because it’s really, really bad for you.
“Nutrition-wise, I have to try hard to avoid the ziti pizza that seems to be a specialty in NYC,” says Dr. Saunders. “Other cities have it, but it only tastes good to me in New York. I avoid it for the preposterous amount of carbs, even though I find it delectable and am drawn to it like Odysseus to the sirens.”