NY vs. DC for a Californian

I'm from California, and my goal for myself in college (besides well, getting a degree) is to get on over to the other side of the country.
I'm asking all of you (who have lived/live in NY/DC & maybe even come from CA) which location will not shock me into returning to my home state, but will still introduce me to new (food) experiences? I'm also curious as to which city you think will be better suited for a college student. Where is it easier to survive and still be able to indulge my culinary curiosities?
For those of you who want more specifics, I'm referring to CUNY Hunter College and George Washington University.

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