As a New Yorker, IMHO there is some truth to everyone's arguments...
1) Yes, believe it or not, you can get to farms and farm stands within an hour or so of driving out of the five boroughs..but again, farmland is getting increasingly scarcer as housing developments crowd out the farmers. In particular, I have friends on Long Island who would say that the area around Riverhead was little but potato and duck farms up until a decade and a half ago..but you should see the houses out there now.
2) I always think that the true definition of New York metropolitan area status depends not only on distance from Manhattan, but allegiance to the baseball teams
; the dividing line between Yankee and Red Sox fans has gradually been creeping upward, from around the Stamford area, to past Bridgeport (and God forbid, to New Haven!).
3) I lived in the Bay area of California for a few years in the late 1990's, and I agree, about the best that you are going to get out there is Round Table.
4) For delicious New York pizza, come to the Bronx and try the Full Moon Pizzeria in the Belmont area, truly one of the last authentic Little Italy's left in the region. The regular pizza is delicious; avoid the slices, though, as they tend to be warmed up from full pies made a while before you came in the door.