In a trend-starting city like New York, hipsters have their work cut out for them. When everyone is an original, how can one create anything capable of standing out (while remaining vegan, local, and Instagram-friendly, of course)? These nine dishes prove that not only is it possible, but that sometimes, hipsters go a little too far even by New York City standards.
While the rest of New Yorkers are content with candy and chocolate, hipsters are snacking on something more worth squealing about. At Lower East Side candy store Roni-Sue’s Chocolates (the same place whipping up tequila-chili truffles and something called “Beercrunch”), crispy bacon is combined with maple syrup, agave, and smoked tea to create maple-bacon lollipops. Really.
Roni-Sue’s Chocolates, 148 Forsyth Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 677 1216
Matte black latte
You can thank (or blame) organic coconut ash for this curious coffee order, the signature drink at Lower East Side coffee shop Round K. Added to the ash is iced espresso and 98% cacao powder, making for a beverage that resembles a tar-black milkshake more than any cup of coffee you’ve seen. Before you ask, hipster: yes, it is vegan.
Round K, 99 Allen St, New York, NY, USA, +1 917 475 1423
Liquid nitrogen cocktails
Hipsters love a throwback, which is why the liquid nitrogen cocktails at The TUCK Room are such a popular order. Each night offers two different spirit infusions, both of which take half an hour (!) to prepare. The result is Instagram gold, though, so hipsters don’t mind the wait.
The TUCK Room, 11 Fulton St, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 776 8273
Cereal in a shoe box
Selling clothing, footwear, and accessories, streetwear company KITH covers everything—and we do mean everything—the hipster could want. At its Brooklyn brick-and-mortar store, they have even expanded to food, serving old-school cereals like Kix (no pun intended), Fruity Pebbles, and Cap’n Crunch with milk and optional mix-ins in sneaker boxes.
KITH, 233 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 347 889 6114
What is one to make of the spaghetti donut? Is it a revival of the artisan donut fad from several years ago or a food trend in the making? Whatever it is, hipsters can’t get enough of the handheld meal, which was made famous by Pop Pasta and comes in varieties such as red sauce, carbonara, mac and cheese, and more.
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Broccoli hot dog
Vegan hipsters (so, all of them) swear this Dirt Candy creation tastes just like a classic hot dog. The only difference, of course, is that in between this bun you’ll find grilled and smoked broccoli stalks in place of meat and broccoli kraut and mustard-barbecue sauce instead of traditional toppings.
Dirt Candy, 86 Allen St, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 228 7732
The unicorn food trend that defined the summer is all but over, but you wouldn’t know it from the long lines at Williamsburg’s The Bagel Store. Here, rainbow bagels (especially ones smeared with rainbow cream cheeses, sprinkles, and edible glitter) continue to be in high hipster demand.
The Bagel Store, 754 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 782 5856
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Prosecco & Ice Pop cocktail
If you own a “live local” reusable tote (and what self-respecting hipster doesn’t?), you’ll love the Prosecco & Ice Pop cocktails at Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar. Chilled prosecco or rosé from Loopy Doopy’s own tap meets artisan popsicles from Brooklyn-based People’s Pops in this popular drink, available in seasonal flavors like Empire Apple and vegan cherry dark chocolate.
Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar, 102 North End Ave, New York, NY, USA, +1 646 769 4250
Think of Pokéworks as the hipster’s answer to Chipotle. At the chain’s multiple New York City locations, you can enjoy your poké in a bowl, salad or, for maximum cool cred, burrito form. The poké burrito, featuring sushi rice and a roasted seaweed wrap, can include ahi tuna, organic tofu, chopped shiso, avocado, and more.