I'd say wings..
Today's Poll: Is Beef on Weck NYS's signature dish?
Submitted by Howard Owens on September 12, 2013 - 7:10am
Those who vote No should post what they think is the signature dish of NY.
I think it's a tie between Beef on Weck, and Fish Fry.
I think that beef on wick is a western NY thing. In NYC, probably would be a reuben.
Well I'd like to throw another player's hat in the ring..... How about the garbage plate?
The article that Howard linked was about sandwiches. If it's other dishes, NY is famous for popularizing pizza.
Beef on wick is a weatern NY thing. Fish fries and white hots you can order from western NY to the Syracuse area. Wings are now universal. Besides the reuben in NYC, corned beef on rye is a signature dish as is beef brisket and pastrami.
I grew up in Elmira, NY....I'd never even heard of a beef on Weck until I moved to Batavia so I'd say it's more of a regional signature dish not a state signature dish!!
I have been away so long that I would just about kill for a Beef on Weck or some good wings!!!
Most of the sandwiches mentioned enjoy a regional market. Beef on Kimmelweck roll is indeed the product of Buffalo and as noted is not well-known outside WNY. The Reuben sandwich is likely sourced to a NYC delicatessen (some dispute to that assumption) and has a more widespread fan-base in the state. If we were aiming at foods other than sandwiches, I think NY-style pizza or Buffalo-wings would be better choices for a NY signature dish. Returning to the arena of sandwiches... Three more universal NY-inspired options: the Pastrami sandwich, the Club Sandwich and the Ice Cream sandwich. A pastrami on rye sandwich was almost certainly invented in a NYC deli. The Club Sandwich is reputed to have originated in the clubhouse at Saratoga Springs. The ice cream sandwich was born on NYC streets, the creation of a pushcart vender who put ice cream between graham crackers.