10 Best Foods Originated in New York City
10. Reuben Sandwich. Arnold Reuben made the first Reuben Sandwich in 1914 when working in a delicatessen he owned on Broadway. He prepared the sandwich for a starving theater actress who loved it. It was called Reuben’s special. A Reuben sandwich is of two slices of rye bread, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, corned beef, and Russian dressing grilled to perfection. See 10 Best Pastrami Sandwiches in Manhattan, New York City
9. General Tso’s Chicken. A fictional history of this dish claims that it was General Tso’s favorite dish was named after a famous dish of a Qing Dynasty general from Hunan. It is no surprise that is popular American Chinese restaurant dish started in the US. During the 1970s American Chinese food was invented and introduced in New York City as an example of Hunan and Szechuan style of Chinese cooking. General Tso’s Chicken a sour and spicy dish of deep fried chicken cubed and steamed broccoli stirred together with a brown sauce in a wok. See: 10 Best Things to See & Do in Chinatown
8. Eggs Benedict. The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel started serving this dish after a patron, Lemuel Benedict, ordered buttered toast topped with bacon, poached eggs, and hollandaise to cure his alcohol induced headache. Maître d’hôtel, Oscar Trschirky, refined the dish by using an english muffin and ham instead of toast and bacon. See 10 Best Places to Eat Eggs Benedict in New York City and 10 Best Breakfast Restaurants in NYC
7. Lobster Newburg. Another famous dish, named after sea captain Ben Wenberg, supposedly originated at New York’s Delmonico Restaurant. In 1876 Wenberg brought a new idea for cooking lobster, from where is unknown, to Charles Delmonico who loved the dish. Lobster Newburg is a Maine lobster prepared in cream sauce with butter, cognac, and Cayenne pepper.
6. Waldorf Salad. The Waldorf Salad has an interested story of how it was created at New York City’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in 1896. Like many other signature dishes at the Waldorf-Astoria, this dish was not invented by their executive chef but by their maître d’hôtel, Oscar Trschirky. A Waldorf salad is made from apples, celery, walnuts, and mayonnaise over lettuce.