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The 10 Best Butternut Squash Dishes In New York City

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Ameena Walker
Updated: 28 November 2016
Fall in New York City is full of beauty that everyone should bear witness to at least once. The tree leaves turn beautiful shades of red and orange, fall fashion is on every city street, and the flavors of fall come alive. Naturally, the pumpkin is always the star of the show, with apples coming in a close second. But what about the squash? There are dozens of varieties of squash available this time of year and endless ways in which to enjoy them. Join the Culture Trip in exploring unique butternut squash dishes from restaurants throughout the city.

Butternut Squash Soup

When you hear ‘butternut squash,’ butternut squash soup likely comes to mind. It’s not hard to find this soup, and there are so many different takes on this fall classic. One that will leave you anything but disappointed is the Indian spin found at Seva Indian Cuisine in Astoria. Seasoned with nutmeg, cinnamon, and tamarind, this velvety smooth and creamy soup will hit the spot on any cool fall day.

Seva Indian Cuisine, 30-07 34th Street, Astoria, NY, USA +1 718 626 4440

Butternut Squash Gnocchi

At Aperitif Bistro Bayside, the chefs have incorporated this fall staple into their highly popular gnocchi. Whether it’s the creamy pesto sauce that complements the dish or the addition of the butternut squash, the butternut squash gnocchi at this French bistro just has that je ne sai quoi that keeps folks coming back for more.

Aperitif Bistro Bayside, 213-41 39th Avenue, Bayside, NY, USA +1 718 215 6470

Butternut Squash Hummus

The fresh, homemade hummus at this Greek restaurant is available in many varieties, including butternut squash. Pair it with warm pita bread for a euphoric dining experience at Kalamki GR.

Kalamaki GR, 2906 172nd Street, Flushing, NY, USA +1 718 939 1616

Image Courtesy of Jacob's Pickles
Image Courtesy of Jacob’s Pickles

Pumpkin Spice French Toast with Caramelized Butternut Squash

When two power players of the fall flavors world collide, amazing things happen. The genius minds at Jacob’s Pickles created this brilliant brunch dish that combines thick sliced pumpkin spice French toast and a generous portion of chunky, caramelized butternut squash. Combined, these flavors will send your taste buds into a frenzy.

Jacob’s Pickles, 509 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 212 470 5566

Butternut Squash Ravioli

The folks at Extra Virgin have really outdone themselves with this one. Stuffed with mashed squash and cooked with brown butter mascarpone sauce, sage, pecorino, and topped with toasted pecans, this ravioli dish is the perfect combination of the traditional Italian and flavors of fall. Well worth a try while it is available.

Extra Virgin, 259 West Fourth Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 691 9359

Butternut Squash Dumplings

Of all the appetizers on the menu at Ichabod’s, one seems to be the star of the show — the squash dumplings. Diners at this Union Square spot can’t stop raving about these masterful creations, stuffed with truffled chestnuts and sage atop a portion of brown butter.

Ichabod’s, 15 Irving Place, New York, NY, USA +1 212 777 5102

Wood Oven ‘Grilled’ Cheese and Butternut Squash

The Marshal, located in Hell’s Kitchen, is a farm-to-table restaurant serving some seriously delicious cuisine. The grilled cheese sandwich is a gooey fusion of mashed butternut squash and white cheddar, served on seven-grain bread and accompanied by locally made potato chips.

The Marshal, 628 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 212 582 6300

Pizza Del Papa

Ever thought of combining squash with pizza? The chefs at Kesté Pizza and Vino have. You might feel that there is no need to travel to Italy for pizza after visiting this unassuming gem in the West Village. The Pizza del Papa is one of Kesté’s specialty crafts, made with butternut squash cream, zucchini, red and yellow peppers, and imported smoked buffalo mozzarella.

Kesté Pizza and Vino, 271 Bleecker Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 243 1500

Tortelli Di Zucca Con Olio Tartufato

This pasta dish, found at IL Passatore in Williamsburg, is an unbelievably light and delicious homemade butternut squash tortelli that is topped with truffle oil butter sauce. After one bite, you will definitely believe the hype and start planning your next visit.

IL Passatore, 14 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 963 3100

Roasted Butternut Squash Kuchen

This quiche-like creation is baked to perfection with roasted butternut squash, caramelized onions, German blue cheese, and­­ sage at the Radegast Hall and Biergarten in Brooklyn.

Radegast Hall and Biergarten, 113 North Third Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 963 3973