Jimmy Kimmel's New York Eats

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by Jimmy Kimmel, 10/06/2015

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When Jimmy Kimmel, who's taping his show live in Brooklyn October 19–23, offered to email us a list of his favorite foods in NYC, we expected a fun, brief take on a few well-known titans of gastronomy. 

What we got was an amazingly detailed New York City food manifesto that might as well double as an application to be our dining editor, with old- and new-school picks featuring witty reviews in Kimmel's unmistakable voice. Jimmy, you're hired. Everyone else: read on to find out what the host will be eating while he's in town.

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Pizza
OLD SCHOOL:
Di Fara   
1424 Avenue J, Midwood, Brooklyn
It's still a schlep, there's still a wait, it's still a hole and the pizza is still the best. 

Totonno's 
1524 Neptune Ave., Coney Island, Brooklyn
Also great, and they wait on you.

L&B Spumoni Gardens 
2725 86th St., Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
Also great, and square.

NEW SCHOOL:
Emily 
919 Fulton St., Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
Thin-crust, wood-fired hipster pies. Plus great burgers.

Speedy Romeo 
376 Classon Ave., Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
Same as above, but with entrees. 

Steak
OLD SCHOOL:
Peter Luger 
178 Broadway, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
I know, but what are you gonna do? Suck it up and get the porterhouse. Or the burger. [Ed.: the burger is available at lunchtime only.]

Keens Steakhouse 
72 W. 36th St., Midtown West, Manhattan 
Get the mutton chop. Seriously. Just do it. 

NEW SCHOOL:
M. Wells Steakhouse 
43-15 Crescent St., Long Island City, Queens
Hit or miss—but when it's on, it's pretty ridiculous. 

Breakfast
OLD SCHOOL:
Barney Greengrass 
541 Amsterdam Ave., Upper West Side, Manhattan
Amazing lox, onions and eggs—but unfortunately they won't let you order it. "Too salty," they'll say. They'll insist you get the nova, onion and eggs instead, which is also fantastic.

NEW SCHOOL:
Russ & Daughters Cafe  
127 Orchard St., Lowest East Side, Manhattan
All that great old-school Jewish "appetizing" deliciousness—now with tablecloths and silverware! 

Pastrami
OLD SCHOOL:
Katz's Delicatessen   
205 E. Houston St., Lower East Side, Manhattan
I'll have what everyone's having. Don't forget to order it "lean."

NEW SCHOOL:
Mile End 
53 Bond St., NoHo, Manhattan, and 97A Hoyt St., Boerum Hill, Brooklyn
This is technically not pastrami—it's Montreal-style dry-cured brisket. Plus poutine!

French
OLD SCHOOL:
La Grenouille  
3 E. 52nd St., Midtown East, Manhattan  
What fine dining used to be before the yuppies ruined everything. 

NEW SCHOOL:
Racines NY  
94 Chambers St., TriBeCa, Manhattan
Chef Duca has a Michelin star, and he will show it to you if you ask. 

Chinese
OLD SCHOOL:
Wo Hop  
17 Mott St., Chinatown, Manhattan
Where else are you going to go at 3am?

NEW SCHOOL:
Mission Chinese Food 
171 E. Broadway, Lower East Side, Manhattan  
I would come from San Francisco to eat here.

Dessert
OLD SCHOOL:
Ferrara 
195 Grand St., Little Italy, Manhattan 
Cannoli masters. Bet you can't eat just four.

Junior's  
386 Flatbush Ave. Ext., Downtown Brooklyn
They have cheesecake here. 

NEW SCHOOL:
Ample Hills 
623 Vanderbilt Ave., Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, plus other locations
Salted crack caramel ice cream. So good they had to close four days after opening because they ran out of ice cream.

Sandwich
OLD SCHOOL:
Roll-N-Roaster  
2901 Emmons Ave., Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn
The only roast beef sandwich shop in New York City with a memorial to my Uncle Frank.

Parm 
248 Mulberry St., NoLIta, Manhattan
Meatball parm sandwich is very tasty.

NEW SCHOOL:
Meat Hook Sandwich Shop 
495 Lorimer St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn
They used to have a sandwich called the Cannibal: 100% grass-fed Williamsburg hipster. Hairy, but delicious.

Saltie 
378 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn
These hipsters also make good sandwiches.

Hot Dog
OLD SCHOOL:
Nathan's 
1310 Surf Ave., Coney Island, Brooklyn
Great dogs, and the crinkle fries with the little red pitchfork.

NEW SCHOOL:
Bark Hot Dogs 
474 Bergen St., Park Slope, Brooklyn 
Pork and beef basted in lard butter. Also 100% beef, hold the lard butter.  Plus shakes and/or beer. 

Italian
OLD SCHOOL:
Rubirosa 
235 Mulberry St., NoLIta, Manhattan 
Oh my God, it's lasagna.

NEW SCHOOL:
Del Posto   
85 Tenth Ave., Meatpacking District, Manhattan 
Oh my God, it's Mario Batali.

Seafood
OLD SCHOOL:
Randazzo's Clam Bar 
2017 Emmons Ave., Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn
Fried calamari with hot sauce and hard roll.

NEW SCHOOL:
Mary's Fish Camp 
64 Charles St., West Village, Manhattan
Fried clam roll with celery root remoulade. 

Falafel
OLD SCHOOL:
Azuri Café 
465 W. 51st St., Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan
[The falafel-making proprietor] has mellowed out a little and is still the best by a long shot. Also for chicken shawarma. 

NEW SCHOOL:
Mamoun's 
119 MacDougal St., Greenwich Village, Manhattan 
Actually, there is no new-school falafel. But this is very good old-school falafel and has lots of new-school customers. 

Bagel
OLD SCHOOL:
Bagel Hole 
400 Seventh Ave., Park Slope, Brooklyn
Crisp and chewy like a bagel should be, not fluffy like a bread doughnut. 

NEW SCHOOL:
Black Seed Bagels 
170 Elizabeth St., NoLIta, Manhattan 
Each bagel is artisanal, hand rolled, boiled in honey water and given a little kiss before baking. 

Other places Jimmy likes to eat in NYC
Minetta Tavern
113 MacDougal St., Greenwich Village, Manhattan   

Frankies Spuntino 457 
457 Court St., Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

Spotted Pig 
314 W. 11th St., West Village, Manhattan

Roman's   
243 Dekalb Ave., Fort Greene, Brooklyn

Peasant 
194 Elizabeth St., NoLIta, Manhattan

Prune 
54 E. 1st St., East Village, Manhattan

related venues/(9)

  1. 1
    Di Fara Pizza
    1424 Ave J
    Brooklyn – Flatbush
    NY 11230
  2. 2
    Peter Luger Steak House
    178 Broadway
    Brooklyn – Williamsburg
    NY 11211
  3. 3
    Barney Greengrass
    541 Amsterdam Ave
    Manhattan – Upper West Side
    NY 10024
  1. 4
    Mile End Delicatessen
    97A Hoyt St.
    Multiple Locations
    NY 11217
  2. 5
    Wo Hop
    17 Mott St
    New York – Chinatown
    NY 10013
  3. 6
    Ample Hills
    623 Vanderbilt Ave.
    Brooklyn – Prospect Heights
    NY 11238
  1. 7
    Parm
    248 Mulberry St.
    Multiple Locations
    NY 10012
  2. 8
    Mamoun's Falafel
    119 MacDougal St
    Multiple Locations
    NY 10012
  3. 9
    Bagel Hole
    400 Seventh Ave
    Brooklyn – Park Slope
    NY 11215

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