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GQ Article, Part II of II

Since there has been some talk, we?re going to revisit GQ?s ?4 Best Cities on Earth (To Eat In)? article, which is in the current issue of the magazine. (Really, we were just going to let GQ do its thing. We encourage provocative editorial decision-making.) With Cuoz is all up in arms and Coen and Co. enjoying the spectacle of it, maybe there?s reason to say another word or two.

First of all, here is the full text of their ?And One That Doesn?t Make the Cut? sidebar on our fair city.

New Yorkers bitch about pretty much everything?their housing costs, their schedules, the Knicks, the 6 train, you name it. But when it comes to food, they don?t back down. Best eating city in America? N.Y.C. Period. No question about it. Don?t even get them started. If only they were right. What makes a city a truly great eating city is when it is home to foods you just can?t get elsewhere. Maybe New York used to be one of these towns, back when kids played stickball in the street and men wore hats. But what can you say these days about so many of the iconically New York foods? The pizza, the bagels, the pastrami? Frankly, most of it blows. The average slice consists of an
undercooked, doughy crust piled with gobs of low-grade mozzarella and crappy sauce. Most bagels are like rolls with holes, not boiledand-baked gems, crunchy and glossy on the outside, chewy on the inside. True, some places still make these foods right, but they are so few and far between that the city?s food writers pounce on them, and next thing you know you?re waiting in line twenty minutes for a goddamn upcake.
And while you can eat magnificently in New York?s high-end restaurants, how much do these eateries have to do with the fabric of the city? Needing to know an unlisted reservations number to score a table at an elite restaurant doesn?t make a city great. Frankly, it makes it obnoxious.?ADAM RAPOPORT

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