This Eater post is a pretty good summary of the NYC vs SF food debate. New York is obviously a global culinary stage, but so, in its own way, is San Francisco
Better in NYC:
- Pizza. Oh hell yes.
- Celeb chefs. It’s true that New York has more famous chefs, and flashier ones. But I don’t have enough money to really care all that much.
- French food. I have noticed that there are more, and better, French restaurants in New York – but maybe it just seems that way to me because the Google NY office is near Pastis, and my friends were regulars at Bar Tabac in Brooklyn.
- Burgers. Eh, maybe. New York definitely created the $30+ burger phenomenon. Thanks for that.
Better in SF:
- Mexican food. Oh hell yes.
- Coffee. I don’t really drink coffee, and when I do it makes me too much of a spaz to enjoy it, but I do know a lot of serious hardcore it’s not even funny coffee nerds.
- Celeb chefs. Ours are a bit dippity-doo, but they are also nice and grandmotherly. Alice Waters is, anyway.
- Breads/pastries. I’m torn here. While I think San Francisco bakeries are some of the finest on the planet (come to my local farmer’s market and try not to make sexy noises while eating an almond croissant), I would really kill for an Italian bakery or two. Whenever Mike and I are in New York we wind up with at least three huge grease-stained bags of sfogliatelle and biscotti and cannoli and wedding cookies.
And now I am hungry.