30 Tri-State Dishes Land on List of Foods That Have Changed America

Check out which tri-state dishes made the list and changed the American food industry.

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Restaurant: Nathan's Famous Hot Dogsn

nConey Island, New Yorkn

nNathan's Famous Hot Dogs didn’t invent the hot dog, but they made an already popular dish cheaper and better, according to Thrillist.
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Restaurant: Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletanan

nNew Haven, Connecticutn

nNew York and New Jersey can argue about which state has better pizza, but Connecticut also has a claim. The legendary white clam pie at Frank Pepe consistently comes in first on many lists of America's best pizzas.
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Restaurant: Dominique Ansel Bakeryn

nNew York, New Yorkn

nThe Cronut® is a name known by many—a combination of a croissant and a donut. For the last five years,Thrillist says people have lined up outside New York City's Dominique Ansel Bakery for the pastry.
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Restaurant: Jamsn

nNew York, New Yorkn

nThe classic chicken and potatoes dish originated at Jams restaurant and helped to spread California cuisine to the East Coast. According to Thrillist, the iconic dish followed a mantra: an excellent product prepared simply and cooked with few trimmings.
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Restaurant: Anchor Barn

nBuffalo, New Yorkn

nAmerica’s favorite football snack was invented on a cold snowy night in 1964, says Thrillist. The dish gained in popularity, and nowadays deep fried wings are served with an insane range of sauces.
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Restaurant: Uncle Tai's Hunan Yuann

nNew York, New Yorkn

nStarting at Uncle Tai’s Hunan Yuan, crispy orange beef was introduced to America as a riff on a cold appetizer, according to Thrillist.
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Restaurant: Franny'sn

nBrooklyn, New Yorkn

nThe plant that started a revolution. Even McDonald’s has a kale on the menu now.
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Restaurant: Randazzo's Clam Barn

nBrooklyn, New Yorkn

nRandazzo's Clam Bar is a family-owned restaurant in Brooklyn. Thrillist reports that the restaurant served it as a complimentary snack. At the time, squid was not generally used to feed people, until the dish caught on.
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Restaurant: The Spotted Pign

nNew York, New Yorkn

nAccording to Thrillist, Gnudi is a “puff of sheep’s milk ricotta, encased in a thin layer of semolina flour and doused in brown butter and sage”. The dish has been on the Spotted Pig’s menu since it first opened in 2004.
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Restaurant: Momofuku Noodle Barn

nNew York, New Yorkn

nAt it again, David Chang. Thrillist says that he reinvented the way Americans look at ramen.
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Restaurant: Uncle Tai's Hunan Yuan and Hunann

nNew York, New Yorkn

nOrder from an American-Chinese restaurant, and you’re bound to see General Tso’s chicken listed on the menu. Thrillist estimates that the dish is the most popular Chinese food in America.
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Restaurant: Momofuku Noodle Barn

nNew York, New Yorkn

nRenowned Chef David Chang opened his first restaurant in 2004 in the East Village. The pork belly bun stood out on the menu and helped Chang use it to create his own brand, Thrillist reports.
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Restaurant: The Bagel Storen

nBrooklyn, New Yorkn

nHas there ever been a food more Instagram-worthy than the rainbow bagel? Thrillist says Scot Rossillo, the owner of The Bagel Store, had a goal of creating the most beautiful bagel.
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Restaurant: wd~50n

nNew York, New Yorkn

nA brunch favorite, Chef Wylie Dufresne’s is a take on a classic redefined, according to Thrillist.
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Restaurant: Craftn

nNew York, New Yorkn

nTom Colicchio opened Craft, where his favorite cooking techniques were showcased, according to Thrillist. He was able to provide inexpensive meats prepared lavishly, while also bringing back the art of braising.
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Restaurant: Babbo Ristorante e Enotecan

nNew York, New Yorkn

nThrillist reports that Mario Batali made the Italian classic popular with his own twist: guanciale, tomato sauce, chili flakes, grated pecorino, garlic and red onion.
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Restaurant: Joe's Shanghain

nNew York, New Yorkn

nStuffed with hot soup and pork, soup dumplings were made famous at Joe’s Shanghai in Flushing, Queens, according to Thrillist.
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Restaurant: Café Bouludn

nNew York, New Yorkn

nCafé Boulud combined three unlikely ingredients—celery, apple and crab—into a salad that Thrillist says broadens the restaurant-going audience.
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Restaurant: Blue Hilln

nNew York, New Yorkn

nThe wastED Juice Pulp Burger is made entirely of food scraps—vegetable pulp, in fact. Chef Dan Barber created the veggie burger for a pop-up, Thrillist reports.
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Restaurant: Nobun

nNew York, New Yorkn

nAn instant hit, miso black cod is a classic Japanese fish that is marinated in mirin, sake and a white miso paste. Thrillist says the dish pushed Chef Matsuhisa to becoming a household name.
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Restaurant: Momofuku Milk Barn

nNew York, New Yorkn

nPastry chef Christina Tosi of Momofuku Noodle Bar created a cereal milk panna cotta by steeping cereal in milk with a few other ingredients, reports Thrillist. She even turned the flavor into a popular soft serve available at Milk Bar locations.
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Restaurant: Gotham Bar & Grilln

nNew York, New Yorkn

nThrillist reports tuna tartare has been on the Gotham Bar &Grill menu since its debut in the late '80s.
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Restaurant: Rosa Mexicanon

nNew York, New Yorkn

nIn 1984, Rosa Mexicano began offering tableside guacamole to bring Latin hospitality to American Restaurants. Thrillist says the popular service has given Mexican restaurants the chance to give customers a peek backstage.
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Restaurant: Benihanan

nNew York, New Yorkn

nIn 1964, Benihana opened its first location. Thrillist reports that a New York Times review turned the restaurant into a cultural sensation in part for the theatrically prepared food, like the shrimp, which are tossed with a spatula into the chef's hat and front pocket and presented with the onion volcano.
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Restaurant: ABC Kitchenn

nNew York, New Yorkn

nThe toast craze was inspiried by Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s crab toast, still available at ABC Kitchen, according to Thrillist.
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Restaurant: Le Cirquen

nNew York, New Yorkn

nThrillist recalls a story in which the popular pasta dish began when there were no tomatoes for a sauce. When the restaurant Le Cirque began to offer it to guests, it became known as perhaps the longest-running “off-the-menu” item in history.
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Restaurant: DB Bistro Modernen

nNew York, New Yorkn

nAccording to Thrillist, chef Daniel Boulud invented the DB burger to combine French and American cuisine. The DB Burger is a sirloin patty stuffed with tender short ribs, foie gras, root vegetables and preserved black truffle on a toasted Parmesan and poppy with horseradish. On top, tomato confit, tomato, red onions and frisee.
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Restaurant: Halal Guys Food Cartn

nNew York, New Yorkn

nNew Yorkers line up around the block for The Halal Guys’ chicken over rice with with red and white sauces.
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Restaurant: Magnolia Bakeryn

nNew York, New Yorkn

nMagnolia Bakery created the cupcake from leftover batter, but Sex and the City really made the dessert skyrocket. Thrillist reports that after Carrie Bradshaw enjoyed a cupcake on air, the bakery had lines all of the time.
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Restaurant: Perry'sn

nMilford, Connecticutn

nThe lobster roll was created sometime in the '20s at Perry’s restaurant for a regular customer, according to Thrillist. The biggest debate is whether you enjoy your lobster roll served hot or cold.
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