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New York Icons with Chef Andrew Gerson


Last week, Eater published a who’s-who list of the most iconic dishes in New York City. While we all had some pretty strong opinions (mostly relating to snubbed local taco trucks), we turned to our own Chef Andrew Gerson for the most important question of all: Which beers go with these dishes?

We know this list is a little high-budget to check off all at once, but remember, these are icons. They won’t be fading any time soon. Check out Chef Andrew’s recommendations and a few of our notes below, and keep in it mind the next time you’re looking to treat yourself.

1. Peking Duck at Peking Duck House with Local 1.

2. The Black Cod with Miso at Nobu with Wild Streak.

3. Bagel and Lox at Russ & Daughters with Greenmarket Wheat. Yes, there’s lots of incredible bagels and lox in this city. And yes, that’s nice, but Russ & Daughters has the cred to back it up.

4. Pastrami on Rye at Katz’s Delicatessen with Brown Ale.

5. Bone Marrow at Blue RIbbon Brasserie with American Ale.

6. Falafel at Mamoun’s with 1/2 Ale. Don’t forget about the pastries while you’re there.

7. The Superiority Burger at Superiority Burger with Brown Ale. Burgers and beer form a sacred combination, even when the burger in question is made without meat.

8. A Plain Slice at Joe’s Pizza with Brooklyn Lager.

9. The Veal Parm at Carbone with Local 1.

10. Pierogies at Veselka with Summer Ale.

11. Pork Buns at Momofuku Noodle Bar with Blast!

12. Pollo al Forno at Barbuto with Insulated Dark Lager.

13. The Chargrilled Burger with Roquefort Cheese at The Spotted Pig with Black Chocolate Stout. If you’re feeling a little less indulgent, don’t forget that you can find our cask-only Brooklyn Best Bitter at The Spotted Pig too.

14. The Tuna Tartare at Gotham Bar and Grill with Sorachi Ace.

15. The Hundred-Layer Lasagna at Del Posto with Local 1. We can’t confirm the actual number of layers, but we’re up for a field trip to find out.

16. The Shackburger at Shake Shack with Shackmeister. Don’t forget our pro tip for handling the line at Madison Square Park, either: grab a Shackmeister from the C-Line, then drink it while you’re waiting to order on the regular line. Time it right and you should have a free hand in time to order another with your burger.


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17. The Chicken for Two at The NoMad Restaurant with Le Poulet. We make Le Poulet exclusively for this dish, and when you see and taste it for yourself, you’ll understand why.

18. The Oyster Pan Roast at Grand Central Oyster Bar with Scorcher IPA.

19. Mutton Chop at Keens Steakhouse with Local 2.

20. The Chicken Hash at 21 Club with American Ale.

21. Combo Over Rice at The Halal Guys with East IPA. Fair warning: the hops here are going to punch up the spice, so go easy on the red sauce.

22. Fusili with Octopus and Bone Marrow at Marea with Local 2.

23. Pasta Primavera at Le Cirque with Pilsner.

24. Recession Special at Gray’s Papaya with Defender IPA.

25. Black and White Cookie at Glaser’s Bake Shop with Black Chocolate Stout. Accept no vending machine substitutes.

26. Soup Dumplings at Joe’s Shanghai with Blast!

27. Porterhouse at Peter Luger Steak House with Brown Ale.

28. Pizza at Di Fara Pizza with Brooklyn Lager.

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29. The Hot Beef Sandwich at Brennan & Carr with American Ale.

30. Totonno’s Pizzeria Napolitano with Summer Ale.

There you have it, the full list of what to eat and drink. Of course, everyone will have their exceptions– literally any sandwich at Casa Della Mozzarella on Arthur Ave, for example– but this is an excellent primer for the most revered dishes in New York City.

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