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The Best Places in NYC to Eat Insects

Tlayudas con chapulines at Black Ant | © Krista / Flickr
Tlayudas con chapulines at Black Ant | © Krista / Flickr
Diners are finally catching on to the fact that bugs are not only high in protein and nutrients, they’re also surprisingly delicious. Williamsburg just hosted its first edible insects festival. Bugs, a documentary on eating insects, is playing at the Film Forum. There’s never been a better time to bug out, culinarily speaking. Here are our favorite places in town to indulge an insect craving.

The Black Ant

Restaurant, Mexican, $$$

The name of this East Village Mexican restaurant would seem to give it all away. And, to be sure, you’ll find black ant salt sprinkled onto your guacamole or rimming your smoky jalapeno margarita. But chapulines (grasshoppers) also make an appearance here: as the batter for your shrimp tacos, resting atop your croquettes, or as an appetizer in a small bowl.

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Tacuba

Restaurant, Mexican, $$$

The chapulin tacos at Tacuba (and also at the various branches of Toloache, chef Julian Medina’s other Mexican restaurants—Tacuba just happens to be our personal go-to) are one of our very favorite snacks. The grasshoppers are shipped up from Oaxaca, Mexico, and are crunchy and popcorn-like. We’d happily eat them all by themselves … but won’t complain that they’re served on soft, fragrant tortillas and joined by onions and pickled jalapenos, guacamole, and salsa verde.

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These recommendations were updated on September 27, 2017 to keep your travel plans fresh.