Our 10 Best Classic American Dishes and Where To Find Them in NYC

Our 10 Best Classic American Dishes and Where To Find Them in NYC

Some of the country's finest New England clam chowder is found at the Grand Central Oyster Bar.

America can be justifiably proud of its national menu, reflecting contributions that began with the Native Americans, expanding and intertwining with the favorite foods of successive waves of immigrants. And our cuisine will continue to evolve as new dishes are introduced and we modify them for American terroir. And at some future Fourth of July picnic, it might become customary to sit down to a meal of chicken tandoori, or Senegalese cheb, or turkey mole poblano.

Our 10 Best Classic American Dishes and Where To Find Them in NYC

Looking at our list of American culinary commonplaces, you'll see contributions from West Africans, Chinese, and Sicilians, with each dish budged in one direction or another by other groups, once it was introduced to the cuisine and had a chance to flourish. And the land's bounty enriched and diversified even the simplest recipe from abroad. No country on earth -- except perhaps China -- has food as varied and delicious as our own, and July Fourth weekend always ends up being a celebration of that food.

Here, without further ado, are Our 10 Best Classic American Dishes -- plus a suggestion as to where you can get a great rendition of each.



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