The New York Street Pretzel
Why People Love It: It's second only to the hot dog as the food most people associate with New York street vendors. Hot off the coals, brimming with Kosher salt and dabbed with just the right amount of mustard, there's no better snack to enjoy when you're walking around the canyons of NYC.
Why It's Overrated: Um, have you ordered a pretzel from a street vendor lately? "Hot off the coals" usually means reheated and lukewarm - we're not sure what the turnover is on those things, but it seems like the good majority of them were sitting around since the snack's heyday in the 1970s. Let's be honest - the mustard is there to mask the cardboard like flavor of the street food. If you want to hit up a good New York-style pretzel, get off the streets and check out the ones they serve at restaurants like The Cannibal or Ardesia.
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