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Dishes, Drinks and Dining Establishments Entered
Into the New York Food Hall of Fame
After Hotly-Contested Voting in New York Magazine
NEW YORK--June 8, 1998--The first group of famous foods were inducted into New York magazine's newly-created New York Food Hall of Fame at the New York Citymeals-On-Wheels 13th Annual American Chefs' Tribute to James Beard gala benefit. In addition to stirring up great controversy, the selection of these foods, done through popular elections, raised funds for New York Citymeals-On-Wheels, to which PRIMEDIA and New York magazine donated $25,000.

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:

Classic Cocktail

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.

Classic Soup

In an appropriately more heated category, Matzoh Ball Soup edged out Manhattan Clam Chowder, while
Vichyssoise seemed to leave the voters cold.

Classic Entree

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.

Classic Dessert

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.

Gotham Goodies

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.

Liquid Nirvanas

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.

PRIMEDIA Inc., with 1997 sales from continuing businesses of $1.2 billion, is the authoritative source of specialized information in targeted media (specialty magazines, trade magazines, consumer and business information) and education (classroom and workplace learning). Some key brands include Seventeen, New York, Chicago, Soap Opera Digest, Soap Opera Weekly, Channel One, Weekly Reader, Horticulture, World Almanac,
Modern Bride and American Baby.

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