Busting Food Stereotypes: New York City Edition

Did you believe these false NYC stereotypes?
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Here are three false food stereotypes about New York City.


Food stereotypes are rampant nowadays. Examples include Kung Pao chicken is popular in China (it’s not), the presumption that all they eat in the American south is fried chicken and cornbread, and the idea the West Coast refuses anything but organic food. New York is one of the most-referenced cities in the world, and it is a place many people stereotype, whether for its residents always being busy, living glamorous lives, or following their dreams. But perception is relative, and it’s certainly not always on par with reality. Here are three food stereotypes many people believe about the Big Apple.

 “Everything’s expensive.”

Yes, it’s the city with 76 Michelin-starred restaurants, but it’s also a city with 99 cent pizza on many-a-block. Cheap (and delicious) food is there if you look for it.

“It’s the city that never sleeps, right? So nothing ever closes!”

We wish this was true, but it definitely isn’t. Although there are great 24-hour restaurants, your favorite one down the block will most likely close at a reasonable hour. Don’t assume you can head straight there after working overtime.

“New Yorkers don’t cook for themselves.”

They do. One New York stereotype that’s true? The rent is high. No one (except select celebrities) can afford to go out to eat for every meal, so cooking (even if it’s pasta) is a must for most.