Thursday, August 16, 2007

Why NY is Better than LA (for me)


I know I'm picking a fight with this post's title. Don't get me wrong, I grew to like, if not love, LA in my five years there. If you read my posts about LA restaurants, you know I ate at delicious spots high and low and found the food fantastic. As I prepared to leave the city, I featured food lovers' LA favorites, and I wrote a short but sappy ode to the city at the end of June.

But. But. J and I have visited NY once or twice a year since we began dating in 2000, and every time we've been in the Big Apple, we've vowed to live here. It's where we fell in love, it's where we got engaged, and it's where we've enjoyed many a fabulous meal, whether a late night Crif Dog, an even later night steak frites, or one of many dinners with friends and family.

And now, the city is ours--not for a long weekend while we sleep in a friend's living room, but for at least two years of graduate school in our very own Upper West Side apartment. In just two days here, I know that for us, LA doesn't even compare.

I could go on and on, but here's a few food-related charms that I love: 75 cent coffee that's not great, but good, at the deli across the street. Multiple 24 hour restaurants and grocery stores within 2-3 blocks of our apartment. Bagels! Zabars! Walking twenty blocks to dinner. Fruit carts on almost every corner. And this is just the beginning. Check ya later La-La land.

photo by hyunlab

16 comments:

Kalyn said...

No fight here, I love, love, love New York. And I am going to visit there sometime, it's been years!

chez shoes said...

No fight from me, either. You had me at "walking twenty blocks to dinner" - something that, if I set out to do from my Highland Park abode, would leave me in the midst of nowhere. (And more than likely, the victim of harassment or crime!)

Now that 75-cent coffee - I certainly hope it comes in one of those little blue Greek cups!

tannaz said...

ok, this comes as a bit of a shock. while i totally understand loving nyc (it's an extremely special city with such a unique amazing energy), you're able to write us off over here so quickly?! wow -- what a turnaround!!

i'm glad for you that you've found a better fit, and i must admit i'm impressed that you managed to sing the praises of the LA food scene so happily all this time when you really were just resigning yourself to a city you were so-so about (have you seen these by the way? =).

having said all that, let's revisit this topic in winter =)

Erin S. said...

Kalyn--yes, come visit!

Chez Shoes--on the cups--yep!!

Tannaz--It's not the food that I dislike about LA--in fact, I love the food and already know that I will miss tacos something fierce. In fact, it's probably the fact that I got into the food in LA that helped keep me sane in a city I disliked from the get-go. The #1 thing i hated--the driving, the driving, the driving and the lack of freedom to move easily with public transportation and my own two feet. NYC fits my temperament and (strange to say) my midwestern-ness a lot better than LA ever did. Like I said, NY is better for me personally and what makes me comfortable.

Anonymous said...

And here I thought you were going to be studying diplomacy in NYC:-)

Dadster

Jill Davis Doughtie said...

LA misses you, but is happy that you're so happy! ;)

KT said...

*sigh* This is how I feel about San Francisco. I envy you getting to the place you want to be.

Good luck back east! Don't be too much of a stranger. And oh yes, I am hitting you up next time we come back east!

Carrie said...

AND Dunkin Doughnuts. I am jealous of those clear glazed chocolate cake donughts ever time someone talks about some where other than the west coast.

Connie said...

i'm glad you're loving your new city! i can't wait to hear about all the fun places you discover

Chubbypanda said...

I feel abandoned and unloved.

Doug said...

Hi Erin,

So glad you made it to the City :)

I lived in the Morningside area at CU in '02 and '03.

There's many great places I'd be happy to share. Hope the move has gone smoothly!

H. C. said...

Hey Erin,

You will be missed amongst the midst of LA food bloggers, but I am so happy that you are living your food mecca dreams! I'll definitely be taking pointers from you the next time I visit the Big Apple

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