Los Angeles and New York City—the cultural epicenters of America’s opposing coasts—are nothing alike: In L.A., residents deal with long distance traffic, while New York natives face short distance road rage. L.A. inhabitants live amongst Hollywood execs, while New Yorkers share space with vermin of mixed species. And L.A.'s daily weather report calls for eternal sunshine; New York continually offers a grab-bag of meteorological horrendousness.
However, as a lifelong New Yorker who has spent lots of time in L.A., I can tell you that the two cities do share something other than an even number of my Jewish relatives: the guarantee of fantastic food. In fact, I've found that there are even a few select eateries in Los Angeles that never fail to provide the comforts of my east coast home. If you, too, are yearning for a little taste of the NYC when living in or visiting the City of Angels, here are the best places to recreate such an experience:
Bagel like a New Yorker