By Hannah Poss
The 4th of July is coming up so that means that it’s almost time to celebrate. This day commemorates our country’s birthday and so to honor this day, we patriots, celebrate all things American. What better way to celebrate than through devouring classic, old-fashioned, all-American food? Even better, salute this special day by exploring some of America’s newest twists to its beloved classics. While you can never say no to a nice, juicy, traditional cheeseburger or a big bowl of ooey gooey mac n cheese, try some of these revamped classics that are sure to spark some fireworks.
An All-American, Over-Flowing Burger from the Counter
At The Counter, in Times Square, you can custom build your own classic American burger. Go down the line, step by step, to create a personalized burger to fit your taste. This chain has an incredible range of patty options, toppings and sauces to choose from so even a habitué of this joint will never grow bored.
The Famous, Fun and Tasty Twist on the Classic: The Ramen Burger
While you can get pretty creative and funky making your own burger at The Counter, if you haven’t tried the famous ramen burger from Ramen Co. yet, it’s a must-have, so make your way to one of their New York locations or catch them at the popular Brooklyn food festival, Smorgasburg. This crowd-pleasing combination of a juicy beef patty, sandwiched by pan-fried “buns” made entirely from ramen noodles, still provides the eater with the feel of a traditional American burger patty, but puts a new, creative, Asian-inspired twist on a classic.
A Traditional (and Indulgent) American Dog
Another common American bite perfect for the 4th of July is a hot dog. Who doesn’t love a standard foot long on a doughy bun with just the right ketchup to mustard ratio? In New York, it is especially easy to come across a hot dog. Don’t get caught, however, investing in an average hot dog from the vendors scattered across Manhattan. Instead, make your way to one of Papaya King’s two locations and get yourself “the Original”.
An Authentic Polish Staple Puts a Twist on a Typical American Dish
Even though a traditional hot dog is always a crowd pleaser, if you’re looking to explore your horizons and broaden your palette, try an authentic Polish kielbasa from the Old Traditional Polish food truck instead. The owners of this food truck are serving up pure Polish kielbasas and pierogis like your grandmother used to make them. So, if you find yourself tired of the well-worn American hot dog, track down the Old Traditional Polish food truck and celebrate July 4th with Poland’s version of the American classic.
Get Down and Dirty with Katz’s Noteworthy Meaty Sandwiches
Another must-have food to celebrate America’s birthday is a legendary Katz’s deli sandwich. This institution has been in place in New York’s historical Lower East Side since 1888 and so their delectable pastrami, brisket and turkey sandwiches (to name just a few) have brought widespread attention to the Manhattan joint. While you may find yourself waiting on a seemingly never-ending line down the block, the wait is beyond worthwhile. There is no better place to get your hands dirty with a stacked pastrami sandwich on old-fashioned rye bread or a noteworthy Reuben sandwich overflowing with sauerkraut than at this famous, Jewish delicatessen.
Get Transported Down South with One of These Southern Inspired Sammies
While Katz’s is not a place to skip out on, if you’re seeking out a sandwich shop with a different flavor focus, try Cheeky Sandwiches in New York’s Soho. This place is also a perfect place to celebrate July 4th as it serves up big, hearty sandwiches that Americans love. While Katz’s creates traditional, authentic Jewish deli sandwiches, Cheeky Sandwiches puts a Southern twist on an average deli sandwich. With creations such as vegetable muffalatas and shrimp po-boys, their menu transports you directly to New Orleans. The fried chicken biscuit sandwich is also unmistakably inspired by the South. If you’re in the area, get a much needed dose of Southern hospitality by trying one of Cheeky’s bold sandwiches.
Some of New York’s Finest Cheesy Eats
While you’re out and exploring these eateries that whip up American originals, make sure to also try S’MAC to get your fill of the celebrated and beloved cheesy pasta. Also, make your way down a couple blocks to Bleecker Street Pizza to get the true Tuscan style pizza that has become some of New York’s finest. And it’s not even a question as to whether or not these are celebratory foods fitting for July 4th… because have you really ever met someone who doesn’t like mac n’ cheese and pizza? That’s what we thought!
So when you’re looking for inspiration for the best ways to both celebrate the forthcoming July 4th, while keeping your stomach from growling, check out some of these local, all-American joints. Once you’ve covered the traditional American foods mentioned above, make sure to try the other American-inspired foods that take a fun and delicious twist on the more classic dishes.
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