10 Things in New York City the Phoenix Food Scene Will Never Have

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Spices and Tease offers heaps of fresh high-quality spices and teas.

Fresh Markets Everywhere, Every Day
Ever go walking or driving through Phoenix on a weekday afternoon and suddenly find yourself smack dab in the middle of an outdoor market with fresh fruit, locally raised beef and goat meats, and made-from-scratch baked goods? Didn't think so. For New Yorkers, that's a regular occurrence, especially around Greenmarket spots like Union Square. And when the weather's bad, there are indoor havens like The Chelsea Market, home to several bakeries, wine stores, groceries with rare finds, specialty retailers like The Lobster Place, and go-to spots like Spices and Tease.

This famous neighborhood earns a well-deserved spot on any NYC food list, and -- in case you've never been for yourself -- rest assured that everything you've heard/read/seen about it is absolutely true. There's no better place in the United States to score dim sum, and you don't have to watch prices to score brunch or lunch with friends for $5 a person. Order three or four things to share, like American standard beef and broccoli along with an unusual taste like crab or pork soup dumplings. There are also delightful bakeries with Asian-style pastries in both savory and sweet varieties, groceries with hard-to-find Asian ingredients, and stores with cheap woks and other cooking supplies.

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In New York City, one can basically find a restaurant that serves any food from all over the Earth. No one else on Earth, except for maybe London can compare to New York City. Not only that, one can get most any food they want anytime they want.

Phoenix is a huge city, but does not have near the total global diversity New York City has.


@JohnQ.Public Of course there are negatives, but this list was about positives in the NYC food scene. Thank you for your comments, though, as you made some great points (particularly #1). But one issue is definitely moot: over-priced food in bodegas. They're more like convenience stores, where ice cream is often $6 a pint.

And, while I can't judge this objectively, I don't think anything in this list can be called "incessant whining." As a food writer, of course I indulge in perusing menus for hours (even when I'm not planning to eat), hunting for restaurants I've overlooked, and prolonging the decision-making process to daydream about the possibilities. I had the exact same habit in downtown Phoenix only I already knew all of my options and had to drive 10–20 minutes to pick up the food. So, whining aside, NYC still wins that one by a long shot.

Since I'm already remarking on your personal comments (and since you apparently care way too much about my personal life), you might care to know I order food maybe twice/month. I freely admit that I hardly cook for myself, but hey, I bake from scratch all the time. Plus, I'm an aerial acrobat, so I'm pretty sure I can be lazy whenever the hell I want.


@dominiquechatterjee I am so sorry.  I didn't realize that you were an aerial acrobat.  Now that I know, I realize that your judgment is beyond reproach and I understand that I had no business questioning you in the first place.  Please, feel free to denigrate my town all you want, as an aerial acrobat you're opinion is indeed correct - New York is awesome*infinity and Phoenix is the shit you scrape from your shoe.  I'm deleting my original post because, being that you're an aerial acrobat, I obviously had no business posting it in the first place.  Please accept my most humblest apologies.


 @JohnQ.Public Wow, someone really loves jumping to extremes, huh? Denigrate Phoenix? I pointed out several of my favorite restaurants there and have written many positive things in the past about others. The point was never to say that Phoenix has nothing of culinary note, just that by comparison to other cities, like NYC, the food scene is very small. That gives Phoenix lots of opportunity to expand and be experimental, so it's not entirely a bad thing. But it is true.

And of course being an aerial acrobat is relevant when you call me lazy (which you did, deleted or not). To the rest of the conversation, that obviously means nothing. But you're the one making it personal, so sure, I'll toss out some facts about me to counter your random insults that have zero basis.

You know, I've enjoyed some of your comments on Chow Bella in the past, which is why I originally replied, but there's no reason to take this discussion beyond the topic at hand. I'm not insulting you, or Phoenix, or anything else. Your petulant responses say much more about you than they do about me.

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