Bright Lights Bigger City: New York cuisine

When I think of famous New York cuisine, two things immediately come to mind: New York strip steak and New York cheesecake. Maybe that's what the big New York investment bankers eat, but us interns can't afford expensive meals like that. Although it might not be named as such on restaurant menus, New York is also famous for slightly less fancy (but still delicious) cuisine: New York pizza and New York bagels.
I would not dare to pretend to have found the best pizzeria in New York. First of all, I don't think there is one. New York — even tri-state area — pizza is one thousand times better than pizza anywhere else. That doesn't mean that good pizza doesn't exist in other areas (I'm a big Pino's fan at school). It just means that bad pizza doesn't exist in the greater New York metropolitan area, and especially not in New York City.

Yes, it tastes as good as it looks.

Yes, it tastes as good as it looks.

And, it really doesn't matter where you go. From the 99 cent pizza at the 24 hour place on the corner of 51st and 8th Avenue that I've visited many a late weekend night, to New York City chains such as Two Boots, John's Pizzeria or Artichoke Basille's, to the quintessential tradition of walking across the Brooklyn Bridge to get pizza from the Grimaldi's on the other side, every single piece of pizza I've had here has been mouth-wateringly hot and cheesy, with the crust perfectly well-done. Many pizzerias know their pizza is so good, they won't let you order just a slice — you have to get a pie every time. This is New York, after all — go big or go home.

My current favorite pizzeria.

My current favorite pizzeria.

Like its pizza, New York bagels are cut from the same cloth — they're just plain better than bagels anywhere else.  Also like pizza, delis are confident in the quality of their bagels, and many don't let customers order only half a bagel. Ess-a Bagel and H&H Bagels are two New York delis famous for their freshly made bagels and extensive cream cheese flavor selection. Personally, I'm more of a breakfast sandwich kind of person, and the best I've found has been a small deli by my apartment on 23rd and 2nd Avenue that let's you make essentially any kind of breakfast sandwich you want on any kind of bagel you want. Sausage egg and cheese on everything, here I come.

Simply the best.

Simply the best.

Photos By Jillian Timko/Gavel Media

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Name: Jillian Timko
School, major and year: Arts and Sciences, International Studies, 2014
Hometown: Basking Ridge, NJ
What makes the Gavel so BANGin’? I love the Gavel because it’s so new. We are still figuring out who we are as an organization and how far we can go. While this presents us with a clear set of challenges, it’s really fun to try different things and build our own identity.
You have 24 hours to give prospective students a tour of BC and convince them to enroll. How do you spend the day?
First, I would take them on an actual tour of the campus—it’s beautiful and deserves to be shown off. Then I would take them to a football tailgate, a hockey game, and to Marathon Monday. And we would eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Hillside – after an egg sandwich, a Panini, and a cheeseburger, who wouldn’t want to go to BC?
If you could go back in time and give yourself a pep talk the night before you moved into BC as a freshman, what is the most important piece of advice that you would give to your former self?
I would tell myself to keep pushing to meet new people and try new things. It’s easy to get stuck in a groove you’re comfortable with, but you should never limit yourself like that—the people at BC and the school itself have so much to offer.
What is your favorite study spot on campus?
A classroom in Gasson, or the booths on the first floor of O’Neill.
What is your go-to meal at Late Night?
Usually mozzarella sticks, sometimes pizza…
What is the #1 most played song on your iTunes?
Love and Memories by OAR
What is the best Halloween costume that you have ever worn?
I was a gumball machine, along with our lovely editor-in-chief, and we rocked it.
If you could only eat at one restaurant for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
There’s this Italian restaurant called Bolu in my hometown. It’s always absolutely delicious, and it has enough variety on its menu to get me through the rest of my life.
If you could befriend the main characters from any TV show or movie, who would you choose and why?
The characters on How I Met Your Mother. Mainly so I could experience the joy of high-fiving Barney Stinson all the time.

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