nyc food | sam zormatiNew York City is known for many things, and one of its most famous attractions is the endless selection of cuisine options. If you are looking for a food experience that you won’t get in any other city, then New York City is the perfect place for you. Here is a list of 11 dishes that are unique to the City That Never Sleeps!

  1. Insect-inspired Dishes at Black Ant

Most adventurous types are probably willing to try a dish that includes actual insects. At Black Ant, there is ground grasshopper crusted shrimp and black ant guacamole on the menu.

  1. Calf’s Brain Cream with Blinis and Caviar at Takashi

The brain creme is mixed with cheese and butter, and you’ll get to squeeze it out of a tube!

  1. Spare Chicken Parts at Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken

This restaurant takes the notion of not wasting any food to new levels. Their Beak to Butt menu option includes fried chicken necks, hearts, backs, and gizzards.

  1. Squid Guts at Yopparai

The menu doesn’t actually say squid guts, but at least you’ll know what Shiokara means when you see it. According to the chef and owner, this dish goes best with sake.

  1. Beef Tongue at The Peacock

The beef tongue dish is beet pickled and a potentially exciting choice for those who are not texture-adverse.

  1. Veal Cheeks and Rabbit Meatballs at Baker & Co.

This dish, called Pappardalle with Veal Cheek Ragu a staple on the menu. You are in for a rare dining experience, especially when you pair the cheeks with rabbit meatballs, another dish you probably won’t find anywhere else.

  1. Pig Head at Market Table

The details of how it is prepared are a lot more appealing than the name of the actual dish. The pig head is brined for 24 hours, sliced, braised in lemon broth and seared to a golden brown.

  1. Sour Fish Head Soup at Yunnan Kitchen

This is one of the authentic dishes that head chef Doron Wong brought back from his extensive Asian travel experiences.

  1. Katz’s Pastrami Eggroll at RedFarm

RedFarm’s creative ode to the world famous pastrami sandwich served at Katz’s deli will leave you craving more.

  1. Peanut Butter & Jelly Doughnuts at Doughnut Plant

This is comfort food at its best. It’s such a great idea, it makes you wonder why others haven’t thought of it!

  1. Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity 3

In a city full of creativity and contradictions, this absolutely makes sense!

If you know of any other interesting food items in NYC, please share.