Grand Central Market | Press Coverage | Food and Wine | By Ethan Fixell Los Angeles and New York City—the cultural epicenters of America’s opposing coasts—are nothing alike: In L.A.
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HOW TO EAT IN LA LIKE A NEW YORKER
October 15, 2015

GCM

By Ethan Fixell

Los Angeles and New York City—the cultural epicenters of America’s opposing coasts—are nothing alike: In L.A., residents deal with long distance traffic, while New York natives face short distance road rage. L.A. inhabitants live amongst Hollywood execs, while New Yorkers share space with vermin of mixed species. And L.A.'s daily weather report calls for eternal sunshine; New York continually offers a grab-bag of meteorological horrendousness.

However, as a lifelong New Yorker who has spent lots of time in L.A., I can tell you that the two cities do share something other than an even number of my Jewish relatives: the guarantee of fantastic food. In fact, I've found that there are even a few select eateries in Los Angeles that never fail to provide the comforts of my east coast home. If you, too, are yearning for a little taste of the NYC when living in or visiting the City of Angels, here are the best places to recreate such an experience:

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Market like a New Yorker

Grand Central Market- 317 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Not to be confused with the bazaar of the same name in New York's iconic train station, the Grand Central Market in Los Angeles might just have its east coast counterpart beat. L.A.'s 30,000 square-foot GCM has been in continuous operation since 1917, with an ever-growing list of vendors whipping up phenomenal goods. New York-inspired highlights include Wexler’s Deli (skip Canter's and Izzy's and come here if you're simply interested in the best pastrami sandwich money can buy), and Madcapra Falafel (opened by two Brooklyn falafel chefs who know that authentic sandwiches are not just served with lettuce and tomato, but cilantro, mint and pickles).

 

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