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A Guide To New York City's Most Interesting Food Finds

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Updated: 30 November 2016
It’s no surprise that there’s an endless selection of great food in New York City. There’s food from every corner of the globe, some of best restaurants in the world, and iconic street food like pizza and hot dogs. If you’ve already tried the classics and are looking for something new, consider one of these unique dishes next time you’re in town. 

Burrata Soft Serve Ice Cream

Dominique Ansel Kitchen is the new dessert restaurant opened by the man who brought the now-iconic Cronut and Milk & Cookie shot to New York’s food scene, and he’s only doing things bigger and better at this new spot. Among the many desserts you can order here, there’s a window outside where you can order burrata soft serve to go. It’s creamy and delicious – just like you’d expect.

Dominique Ansel Kitchen, 137 7th Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 242 5111


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You probably never thought cereal was that fascinating, but have you ever ordered it at a cereal bar? Probably not. But now, at Kith Treats, you can make your childhood dreams come true by picking from their 23 cereals, 22 toppings, and four milk choices to create the perfect custom cereal meal. Alternatively, opt for their cereal milkshakes or soft serve options – you can’t go wrong.

Kith Treats, 233 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 347 889 6114

#kithcolette week continues at Kith Treats. Stop in today to try our Le Kith and Le Colette cereal specials.

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Ramen Burger

The ramen burger has become an iconic New York dish. It’s available at all Smorgasburg locations, so if you’re worried about waiting in line, consider checking out Smorgasburg at the South Street Seaport or Prospect Park for fewer crowds.

Address: 90 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA

Cool day, hot #ramenburger. @ramenburger #smorgasburg 📷: @meleatsnyc

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Pastrami Pizza

It’s always great when two of New York’s best and most classic food joints join forces, and that’s what happened at the new Lower East Side location of Speedy Romeo – a favorite neighborhood pizza spot from Brooklyn. Thanks to their ‘Paul’s Boutique’ pizza pie, you can now get pizza topped with pastrami from Katz Deli (the beloved and iconic deli also in the Lower East Side), and it’s truly a decadent match made in heaven.

Speedy Romeo, 63 Clinton Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 529 6300


Impossible Burger

It seems that both meat-heavy restaurants and vegan or vegetarian spots are equally popular and trendy these days, and the brand new Impossible Burger at Momofuku Nishi – the newest addition to the Momofuku empire – bridges the gap between the two. It’s a vegetarian burger that looks, tastes, and sizzles like meat. It took five years to engineer, it’s one of a kind, and people are saying it’s truly delicious.

Momofuku Nishi, 232 8th Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 646 518 1919


Hands-On Filipino Feast

Speaking of meat-centric restaurants, Jeepney – a Filipino gastropub in the East Village – is about as meaty as it gets. Many of their dishes may seem strange if you’re not accustomed to Filipino cuisine, but their wildest event comes twice a week when they host ‘Kamayan Night,’ a no-utensils, hands-only, family-style feast laid out on a long communal table. It’s a messy and meaty experience but also a delicious and memorable one.

Jeepney, 201 First Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 533 4121

A Filipino take on buffet. Eat all you can (…with your hands!) Thanks @pinksr20. High Five! Oh wait. Nevermind. 🙌🏾

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Broccoli Hot Dog

On the other, more vegetable-friendly end of the spectrum, it’s now possible to eat a ‘broccoli hot dog’ from the new, upscale vegetarian restaurant Dirt Candy. This unique vegetarian dish is not meant to taste like meat; it’s meant to celebrate the vegetable as it is.

Dirt Candy, 86 Allen Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 228 7732

BEHOLD: The broccoli hotdog @dirtcandynyc.

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Raindrop Cake

Another dish from Smorgasburg that’s taken over Instagram – this otherworldly looking Raindrop Cake dessert was inspired by Japanese mochi and is described as a ‘refreshing and delicate raindrop made for your mouth.’ It’s impossible to know what this means until you try one, so get one for yourself and see what all the fuss is about.

Address: 90 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA

The coolest cake for the Summer heat @smorgasburg LA & NY #raindropcake #smorgasburg #la #summer #desserts #cool

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The Cow Experience

The Japanese restaurant Takashi has always been known as a unique dining experience in New York City. You cook many of the dishes yourself; there are uni and offal on the menu, and though it’s easy to eat something fascinating here, their most intriguing option is ‘the cow experience.’ It’s a dish in which you’re brought all the parts of the cow, and you cook them yourself at your table. Just remember you need to book and order 24 hours in advance if you’re intending to try this dish.

Takashi, 456 Hudson Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 414 2929

What a cownivorous experience 🐮 #cowexperience #16cutsofmeat #foodie #foodporn

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