New York (pizza) Vs. Philly (cheesesteak)


Because of the Yanks-Phillies World Series that starts tonight, lots of media (and the mayors) have been doing cheesesteak-cheesecake wagers. I’m glad that for our challenge, we stuck with what really is truly New York: pizza!


So if you read the article in today’s paper — here a link right here — you’ll know that I’ve thrown down the gauntlet: I’m taking the competition from the ball field to the kitchen, and challenging you all to one-up the Philly Cheesesteak. Think you can do it?

Meanwhile, down at our sister paper in Delaware, just outside of Philly, the readers of the News Journal are trying to make a better pizza. (I know, I know… I pity them, too.) Check out the competition on their food blog, Second Helpings. And here’s the story that food writer Patty Talorico shared with Journal News readers today.

Here’s my try: a soft, buttery, Parker-House style roll with thinly sliced rib-eye with caramelized shallots, gorgonzola and delicate chanterelle mushrooms. Mmmm.

So c’mon guys — let’s beat Philly at it own game! Can you one-up the cheesesteak?


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.


  1. “Here’s my try: a soft, buttery, Parker-House style roll with thinly sliced rib-eye with caramelized shallots, gorgonzola and delicate chanterelle mushrooms. Mmmm.”
    Thanks Liz, I had Pepsi coming out my nose when I read your recipe. Cheesesteaks are not cuisine. Gorgonzola is definitely out. Bite into a Claymont Steak and you’ll agree the classic Philly Steak is perfect as-is.

  2. Ha! Funny Gary! I do prefer Coke, though!

    You know what.. I have had a Claymont cheesesteak and I adore it. Truly.

    Here in Westchester I had to trim Patricia’s story to fit in our print edition, and maybe she had to do that to mine, but in my original, I did mention that I’m a big fan of cheesesteaks with a side of Ranch dressing. That’s how I had mine at Claymont. It was so good. Can you send one up right now?

    How do you do yours?

  3. New York pizza blows a philly chessesteak out of the ball park. And a New York chessesteak with provolone blows a philly nasty cheezwiz steak mess whatever away to.

  4. New York METS MAN on

    All the famous food in New York is better: New York Pizza, New York Hot Dogs, New York Cheesecake, New York Delis: Big Pastaimi and Cornedbeef Sandwhiches, New York Steak Houses: New York Strip Steak, Brooklyn Red Vellvet Cake etc.

    I take all these New York foods over a philly cheesesteak. Cheesewiz on a cheesesteak is nasty. New York style with Provolone on a cheesesteak is the best or just American cheese. Oh yeah some of us put mayo on them like me.

    All Philly is known for is cheesesteaks and there very overated.

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