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Chicago vs. NYC foodie smackdown: Who eats better?

Wednesday - 5/21/2014, 8:46am  ET

FILE - This April 9, 2008 file photo Chefs serve food directly to patrons by leaning across the bar at Momofuku Ko in New York. Momofuko Ko is David Chang's third restaurant and the hardest to get into, thanks to a new online reservation system that doesn't play favorites and the fact that the restaurant only has 12 seats. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

J.M. HIRSCH
AP Food Editor

The James Beard Foundation on Tuesday announced that its awards ceremony honoring the best chefs and restaurants is moving to Chicago after 24 years in New York City. It's more proof that Chicago is home to one of the country's hottest restaurant scenes. But who's got the better eats?

Here's a foodie smackdown between the Windy City and the Big Apple.

-- MUST-GET (but you probably won't) RESERVATION

Chicago: Grant Achatz's Next

New York: David Chang's Momofuku Ko

-- VIRAL PASTRY

Chicago: Wonut (doughnut meets waffle) by Waffles Cafe

New York: Cronut (croissant meets doughnut) by Dominique Ansel Bakery

-- MODERNIST MAESTRO CHEF

Chicago: Grant Achatz

New York: Wylie Dufresne

-- PIZZA

Chicago: Deep-dish

New York: Thin crust.

-- EPIC FOOD HALL TO BE GLUTTONOUS AT

Chicago: Chicago French Market

New York: Eataly

-- FEMALE CHEF WITH ANIMAL-THEMED EATERY

Chicago: Stephanie Izard, Girl and the Goat

New York: April Bloomfield, The Spotted Pig

-- HOT DOGS

Chicago: A walk through the garden -- mustard, onions, pickle relish, dill pickle spear, tomatoes, pickled sport peppers and a dash of celery salt. And NEVER ketchup.

New York: Nathan's in Coney Island, with mustard on a plain white bun.

-- ODE TO FARM-TO-TABLE DINING

Chicago: Paul Kahan's The Publican

New York: Dan Barber's Blue Hill

-- BAR SCENE TO BE SEEN AT

Chicago: Grant Achatz' Aviary

New York: Wallflower

-- HIPSTER FOODIE NEIGHBORHOOD

Chicago: Restaurant Row on Randolph Street in West Loop

New York: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

-- TOP CHEF AWARDS (from the Beards, of course)

Chicago: Rick Bayless (1995), Charlie Trotter (1999), Grant Achatz (2008) and Paul Kahan (shared with New York's David Chang in 2013)

New York: Larry Forgione (1993), Daniel Boulud (1994), Jean-George Vongerichten (1998), David Bouley (2000), Lidia Mattichio Bastianich (2002), Eric Ripert (2003), Mario Batali (2005), Alfred Portale (2006), Dan Barber (2009), Tom Colicchio (2010), Daniel Humm (2012), David Chang (shared with Chicago's Paul Kahan in 2013)

-- TOP RESTAURANT AWARDS (also from the Beards)

Chicago: Charlie Trotter's (2000), Frontera Grill (2007)

New York: Bouley (1991), Le Cirque (1995), Union Square Cafe (1997), Le Bernardin (1998), The Four Seasons (1999), Gotham Bar & Grill (2002), Chanterelle (2004), Gramercy Tavern (2008), Jean-Georges (2009), Daniel (2010), Eleven Madison Park (2011), Blue Hill (2013)

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Associated Press Writer Caryn Rousseau contributed from Chicago.


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