Originally Posted by globetrotter
seriously, does anybody who has spent serious time in both believe that nyc is better for culinary diversity? I mean, that his the myth, but I don't believe it is true. nyc has better chinese, chicago better vietnamese, mexican, indian and italian. nyc better bagels, chicago better german. nyc better ny style pizza, chicago better chicago style pizza.
While I can speak to some things, I will keep it to Viet food. My wife who is from Vietnam claims that the Viet food in Nyc > Viet food in Chicago (nothing beats SoCal). This is in terms of quality and quantity.
In terms of diversity being a product of quantity-- Chicago does not have any Khmer (Cambodian), Laos or Burmese restaurants that I know of--could be wrong. Over the past 100 years, more immigrants have settled in NYC--thus giving them more culinary diversity.