Reader: If You've Got It, Flaunt It -- and Yes, Everything From New York City Is the Best
Josh Pollack making bagels at Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen.
The New York Times served up a "36 Hours in Denver" feature last week, filled with suggestions for what to see and eat in Denver -- including New York-style bagels at Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen, the incredibly popular new spot on Welton Street. Some readers liked the Times's suggestions, others served up their own eating itinerary -- but any discussion of New York-style bagels quickly turned to a discussion of New York in general.
Nothing against the restaurants listed -- all fine choices -- but what I am hearing is that if you're visiting Denver from New York you should order New York style entrees instead of trying actual local cuisine? For shame...
If you've got it, flaunt it. And yes, everything from New York City is unique and the best. Having spent half of my life in NYC and the latter half in Denver, I know from what I speak. Admittedly, Denver does a better job with Mexican restaurants but it doesn't hold a candle to New York City for other ethnic foods.
I've been there and had their 'street food', dirty, nasty street food, that is cherished and promoted by the NYT and others, why? because it's NEW YORK! Hallelujah, 'We're New York, everything here is better' Really? If you said more expensive, much more expensive, you got it right, other than that, not so much.
The persistence of civic change and resultant effects, good or no, is a frequent topic here at Westword, and results in some interesting discussions.
But one thing that hasn't changed a lick from my childhood until now -- and, certainly, my eventual home in the cool restful grave -- is the Janus head of GO BACK WHUR YOU CAME FROM CITY SLICKER/NAHHH DENVER SUCKS AND SO DO YOU.
It will outlast the cockroaches. Which, I hear, are abundant in New York.
If you were taking a New Yorker out on the town in Denver, where would you go? Post your suggestions below, and see many more here.
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