3. They’re amazed by a bánh mì
Once you’ve spent some time in the city, a bánh mì might as well be a bologna sandwich, but the ubiquitous Southeast Asian treat seems wildly exotic to the guy who just got his first studio apartment in Bushwick. Once you’re regularly suggesting, like, cow tongue toasted bagels FOR WORK LUNCH, you know you’ve arrived.
4. They live in Manhattan
While it’s true that Manhattan is “The City” even to people born here, it’s not really the best place to live unless 1) your family owns the naming rights to a couple of European soccer stadiums, or 2) you’re an apartment-hunting professional (which if you’re just moving here, you are not -- trust). But new-to-the-city folks assume that they have to live in Manhattan to get the city experience, meaning they typically get a studio apartment with 17 roommates and a live-in goat somewhere on the Upper-Upper-Upper-Upper-Upper-Upper West Side in a real-estate agent-invented neighborhood with a stupid acronym like HOBOROBO.