Philly-Cheesesteak-Palooza: Finding the Best Steak & Cheese in NYC

I guess the best philly cheesesteak is not in Midtown, if you believe this exhaustive head to head cheesesteak battle royale done by Jason Santa Maria. Wogies Bar & Grill in the West Village came out on top, with 99 Miles to Philly (2nd Ave. & 52nd St.), Carl’s Steaks (3rd btw. 34+35th), Shorty’s (9th Ave. btw. 41+42nd), and Philly Slim’s (9th Ave. btw. 52+53rd) coming in 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively. Each have outposts in the outer reaches of Midtown but it isn’t entirely clear if he visited the Midtown locations (except in the case of Shorty’s-formerly Tony Luke’s- which only has one NYC location.) Either way he goes on to say that “all three of our top scorers rank on par with some of the best cheesesteaks I’ve had in Philly and I can confidently recommend any of them for a good time.”  [via Serious Eats: New York]


  • 99 Miles is a good example of cheesesteak sandwich? That isn’t too heartening.

  • I haven’t been to Wogies but I think Carls is the best in NYC. 99 Miles kinda sucks.

  • I’m still way too big a fan of Magdy’s and their cheesesteaks. Double meat with white and BBQ sauce with tomatoes and onions, please!

  • Carl’s rocks!

  • Wogies is the best but the street cart on the north east corner of 46th and Park is damn good too.

  • As a cheesesteak fan who frequents Philly for work…. Wogies is solid, I actually like 99 miles to Philly the best.

  • “Double meat with white and BBQ sauce with tomatoes and onions”

    That is not a cheesesteak, that is a steak sandwich.

    A cheesesteak is freshly (chipped) sliced frozen with wiz and maybe peppers/onions, everything else on one is fluff…

  • Shorty’s gets my vote. Its the best.

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