Even though the results contained some surprises, there is likely to
be little post-election controversy. Because
New Yorkers are so passionate about food, the respected firm of Deloitte Touche LLP was retained by
PRIMEDIA to monitor the tallying of the mail-in ballots, which were available in issues of New York magazine.
The winners are as follows:
The honors went to The Manhattan, born at The Manhattan Club in 1874,
which won by more than a two-to-one
margin over it's nearest competitor, The Gibson.
In an appropriately more heated category, Matzoh Ball Soup edged out
Manhattan Clam Chowder, while
Vichyssoise seemed to leave the voters cold.
When it came down to entrees, a herd of votes came in for New York Strip
Steak, which won in a walk away from
Lobster Newberg and Chicken Divan.
New York Cheesecake pulled in more votes than any other food in any
other category, dimming the hopes of
Blackout Cake and chilling the chances of Baked Alaska by a ratio of four-to-one each.
Most Missed Restaurant
In the category of Most Missed Restaurants, New Yorkers remember Mama
most, as Mama Leone's took the
honors in the race with Luchow's and Le Pavillon.
The Black and White Cookie, a long-time New York favorite, froze out
the Charlotte Russe in a close competition,
with the Tootsie Roll taking third. Pundits claim that the election was influenced by Jerry Seinfeld, who turned the Cookie into a palatable parable about integration.
The Egg Cream (no egg involved) out-scored Frozen Hot Chocolate by more
than a three-to-one margin, with the
humble Seltzer in a Blue Bottle lagging even farther behind.
New York Nosh
The Knish clobbered the Half-Sour Pickle and Frozen Custard, which ran neck-and-neck, by almost two-to-one.
New Yorker's Lunch
The Classic New York Hot Dog, popularized by Nathan Handwerker and relished by New Yorkers ever since, won a squeaker, just topping Pizza which was probably hurt by a strong showing by The Reuben.
New York Breakfast
The Bagel with a Schmear tallied more than twice the votes of the elegant
Eggs Benedict and more the three times
the orders for Regulah Coffee.
Samples of the winning delicacies were presented at an awards table
during the James Beard tribute gala and
banners with their names hung next to the famous Rockefeller Center statue of the god of the warming tray,
Prometheus. New York plans to conduct voting for the next class of entries next year.
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