City Pulse

By Susan Romero

Who said you have to fly to Texas for mouth-watering barbecue, Louisiana for great jambalaya or drive to Philadelphia when the urge for a cheesesteak hits? You don’t. Just head to a, shall we say, “out-of-state food oasis” and sink your teeth into some delectable morsels.

Philadelphia Cheesesteak


Philly Slim’s Cheesesteaks
789 Ninth Avenue

It may look like a greasy spoon joint, but the Philly cheesesteaks will have your mind wandering back home. These are the real deal and the menu says to specify “wit or witout onions.” The recipe was created by several friends, who researched the history of the sandwich, determined to bring an authentic cheesesteak to New York City.

99 Miles to Philly
94 Third Avenue

If you love cheesesteaks, you have to be willing to eat them anywhere. The “create your own cheesesteak” option more than makes up for the lackluster atmosphere. Cheesesteak lovers can pick their own toppings and substitute chicken for steak.

New England Seafood

Ed’s Lobster Bar
222 Lafayette Street

This restaurant opened in 2007 but already promises to be a favorite of New England seafood connoisseurs. Lobster is flown in from Maine daily so you can get your choice fix of tender, meaty claws.


New England Clam Chowder

Pearl Oyster Bar
18 Cornelia Street

You will never open a can of New England clam chowder again once you taste the thick and rich concoction served up at the Pearl Oyster Bar, named “a New England clamshack classic” by Bon Appetit.

Texas Barbecue



Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
646 West 131st Street

We’ve all done Dallas BBQ’S, so sit down at Dinosaur’s wooden picnic tables for something different. The rustic facade will make you swear you stumbled onto a rural Texas back road. But once inside, you’ll get some of the best barbecue outside of Texas. Check out the website for live music and event listings to really get you in the honky-tonk mood.

Multi-State Southern Cuisine



Virgil’s Barbecue
152 West 44th Street

Here’s another restaurant that feels like Southern roadhouse heaven. The atmosphere will make you hum a country tune while you feast on Memphis pork ribs, Oklahoma corn dogs and pan-fried Carolina crab cakes. Oh yes, and you can even get a Chicago charred hot dog here if you miss the unique taste of those culinary masterpieces.

Originally published September 2007
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