Dave Feldman and I were commenting on how it's been a long, long time since NYC was full of great neighborhood pizzerias, and that gave me an idea.
What are other untrue/outdated NYC food reputations? I'll contribute a couple:
1. Astoria is a Greek Nabe with great Greek Restaurants (there are still some Greek people and eateries, but both in fast decline, and there are no "great" Greek restaurants there, IMO...the nabe is more thrivingly Bosnian/Egyptian/Moroccan/Brazilian/Mexican)
2. H&H are classic old-fashioned NYC bagels (those big puffy, bready pale things? A classic old-fashioned NYC bagel is dense, dark, jaw-breakingly chewy and substantial, with crunchy blistery bumps).
3. Manhattan has tons of great little Italian spots (not in my lifetime)