[WATCH] Hometown Hero: The Legend of New York City’s Chopped Cheese

Our friends at food and drink blog First We Feast created this fantastic documentary exploring the Chopped-Cheese sandwich found all over The Bronx, Harlem and parts of Queens.

To understand the real New York, you've got to understand the chopped cheese. So, what exactly is a chopped cheese? On the surface, that would seem simple. The bodega specialty gets its name from the "chopping" of hamburger patties, which occurs on the griddles in delis throughout Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Harlem. The minced meat is covered in cheese, slipped into a roll or hero, and dressed with standard-issue condiments.

But when we began to peel back the layers and ask questions about its origin story, how it became so popular, and why it's so difficult to find one in lower Manhattan, we were introduced to a much deeper tale fueled by borough rivalries, hip-hop mythology, and hard-to-swallow truths, giving us a more meaningful glimpse into what makes this city tick.

Check out the accompanying article for an in-depth analysis of the Chopped-Cheese sandwich.

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