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10 Things in New York City the Phoenix Food Scene Will Never Have

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Fresh Markets Everywhere, Every Day Ever go walking or driving through Phoenix on a weekday afternoon and suddenly find yourself smack dab in the middle of an outdoor market with fresh fruit, locally raised beef and goat meats, and made-from-scratch baked goods? Didn't think so. For New Yorkers, that's a regular occurrence, especially around Greenmarket spots like Union Square. And when the weather's bad, there are indoor havens like The Chelsea Market, home to several bakeries, wine stores, groceries with rare finds, specialty retailers like The Lobster Place, and go-to spots like Spices and Tease.

Chinatown This famous neighborhood earns a well-deserved spot on any NYC food list, and -- in case you've never been for yourself -- rest assured that everything you've heard/read/seen about it is absolutely true. There's no better place in the United States to score dim sum, and you don't have to watch prices to score brunch or lunch with friends for $5 a person. Order three or four things to share, like American standard beef and broccoli along with an unusual taste like crab or pork soup dumplings. There are also delightful bakeries with Asian-style pastries in both savory and sweet varieties, groceries with hard-to-find Asian ingredients, and stores with cheap woks and other cooking supplies.

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Dominique Chatterjee