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Reasons to Love New York

Because We Can Be Defiantly Deluded


New Yorkers consider it axiomatic that our tap water tastes better than anyone else’s. The notion is up there with walking-and-talking speed as a point of civic pride. Here’s the catch: It appears not to be true. Recently, we assembled a panel of experts for an unscientific blind tasting of water from here and five other cities: Paris; Los Angeles; Seattle; Golden, Colorado; and Newark. According to our aficionados, not only does New York not have the best water, but we have the worst. A shock? Sure. An embarrassment? Nah. Screw the evidence. The very fact that we’re wrong only serves to prove that we’re proud.

First place: Los Angeles
“Exceptional. Like a bottled water.”
—Robert Condon, server, l’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

Second place: Paris
“The nose was bright and clear, but the taste was relatively neutral.”
—Richard Brierley, Christie’s head of north American wine sales

Third Place: Golden, Colorado
“Slightly chlorinated, but with a nice mineral taste.”

Fourth place: Newark and Seattle (tie)
Newark: “Bright and flavorful; it had a minerality I quite liked.”
Seattle: “Sharp, crisp; the proper balance of minerals.”
—Diane Drey, president, Snowbird Water-Bottling Company

Fifth place: New York
“Metallic, chlorinated flavor. Smells like a Parks Department swimming pool.”


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