In the wake of a Twitter furor over an $8 chopped cheese sold out of a Whole Foods cart emblazoned with the year “1492,” DNAinfo New York was curious where our readers go for the real deal.
The sandwich, which consists of ground beef, onions, melted cheese and condiments on a hero roll, was born in Harlem, but it’s spread to most bodegas throughout the five boroughs, and like all things New York, people tend to be sure that their guy does it best. So we asked you: Where’s the best chopped cheese in New York?
As it turns out, New Yorkers are as protective of their secrets as they are of their chopped cheese. DNAinfo readers, we found out, ain’t no lousy snitches.
“Nice try DNAinfo...nice try,” wrote one Facebook commenter.
Some readers were worried about blowing up the spot.
“We don't give out that info,” commented one reader on Facebook. “If u don't know, you are not meant to know. So the next time I go to buy one the price will be raised and It will be a line out the door.”
“DON'T ANSWER THEIR QUESTION!!!” cautioned another Facebook user. “They've already culturally appropriated our sandwich, don't teach them how to perfect it. If ‘Cart 1492’ doesn't spell it out for you, you're a f---ing moron.”
Others worried that giving up their chopped cheese spot would lead to larger changes.
“I'll never tell,” one reader pledged on Facebook. “Loose lips raise rents.”
Still others took the chance to tout their neighborhood. But good luck getting more specific than that.
“East Harlem…” wrote a Facebook user, ellipses and all. “If you're from Harlem you'll know…”
“I got two spots one in the Bronx and one in the Lower East Side of Manhattan!” said one chipper and helpfully vague reader.
“In the Hood f---rs!!” chimed in another.
Ok, ok, our lips are sealed.