I’m going to come right out and say this. I have long since thought that New York food is overrated. First though, let’s take a step back and start from the beginning. I made Kaiser Rolls, the 16th bread in the Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge, recently.
They were a nice change from my usual whole grain sandwich bread, but what I enjoyed most about eating them was realizing that the big, crusty, sesame-seed encrusted rolls seemed so New York.
I might have bittersweet feelings towards my city, but I suppose that New York food is not all overrated.
The Big Apple, is, after all, home to some of the best restaurants in the world.
The problem is, most of those great restaurants are tucked away in Soho, hiding in the West Village, so that visitors often miss them in lieu of places like bustling pizza and pasta joints like Carmine’s or the famous that is the Second Avenue Deli.
It’s not that any of these places are bad, but when I’m in a new city, I like to wander off the beaten path and look for hidden gems that I haven’t read about in the guidebooks.
Though I do love pizza in New York, I like the artisanal gourmet Mario Batali type pizza, not the pizzas of street cart fame. I love a good bagel, but I’m not that much into deli food or piling rye bread high with pastrami at Carnegie Deli.
Instead, I like to make these types things at home.
Like these Kaiser rolls.
Since we aren’t sharing all of the BBA Challenge recipes on our blogs, I’ll instead show you a few sandwiches that I would love to pile onto a homemade Kaiser roll.
Chicken Club on a Pretzel Bun from Bewitchin’ Kitchen
Turkey Apple and Brie Sandwich from The Garlic Diaries
Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwich from Grilled Cheese Social
Hummus Avocado Turkey Club from My Sequined Life