If you want to read what this series of posts is all about, go here.
So I thought I’d do a pros and cons for each of the cities (NYC and LA) based on 15 categories of my choosing – i.e the kind of things that are important to me about a place that I chose to live. For example, since I don’t have any children, so you won’t see “education” on the list, but I do love to eat sandwiches, so “food” will definitely be on the list.
Keep in mind these are MY pros and cons…pros and cons that I have come to after living in LA for five years (2000 – 2005) and then living in New York for five years (2005 – 2010). This is intended to be a fun (and funny) list, and is not to be taken seriously, but I hope some of you, especially those of you who have lived in both places (or experienced them) will enjoy it. Come back tomorrow for Round 4.
People are going to kill me for this, because NYC has great food. Pretty much any food you can imagine, and some of the most amazing restaurants in the world. But it’s a long held belief (stereotype?) that NYC has mediocre Mexican food (one of my favorite cuisines) and it’s pretty well proven out. I’ve found a few places I like, but nothing that beats the Mexican food I had in LA.
In NYC I will miss: Ithaca, Urban Lobster, Pearl Oyster Bar, Katz’s, Corner Bistro, Acme, Sabor a Mexico, Olives, and the powerful margaritas at Cilantro.
But in LA I have long been missing (and sometimes dreaming about): Bay Cities, Malibu Seafood, Casa Vega, Matsuda Seafood, Fritto Misto, Kay & Dave’s (best hamburger I’ve ever had), Little Toni’s, Taverna Tony, La Serenada, Fred 62, and even Baja Fresh.
NYC does have one secret weapon working for it and that is LOBSTER ROLLS. Many of you have heard me rave about how much I love these and I will miss them immensely when they become more difficult to obtain (LA has only two restaurants that definitely carry them as far as I can tell – but I’ve yet to do the taste test).
But LA has a secret weapon too, and that secret weapon is YELLOW MUSTARD. You would not believe how difficult it is to get simple yellow mustard in New York. Not only that, but most New Yorkers apparently do not understand what you’re saying when you ask about it. Watch this reenactment of me ordering a sandwich:
ME: Do you have yellow mustard?
NEW YORKER: Yeah, yeah, sure.
ME: Not brown mustard – yellow.
NEW YORKER: Yeah, we have yellow.
ME (unsure): Okay, then I’d like some yellow mustard on the sandwich too.
NEW YORKER: No problem.
Two minutes later, opening my sandwich in the park.
Imagine a sandwich drenched in brown mustard.
This has happened no less than two dozen times to me verbatim in New York. Eventually I learned to just stop asking. But I’m still miserable. In a city that has EVERYTHING why can’t I get a sandwich with yellow mustard on it? Access to lobster rolls cannot defeat something as simple as the ability to have a sandwich the way you’d like it. Advantage: LA
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