New York’s 7 Most Unique Foods and Where to Find Them


You could never go hungry in New York City. The Big Apple has a restaurant on every street corner. But the more restaurants means the more competition, forcing chefs to get creative with their offerings. Thanks to the city’s diverse enclaves, New York features fusion cuisine you won’t find anywhere else. 

Here are some of the most unique meals NYC has to offer.

Black Bean Avocado Pizza

With so many notable pizzerias in NYC, businesses have to find ways to stand out. For Vinnie’s Pizzeria, it’s in their toppings. The restaurant offers a black bean avocado pizza, which, as you might expect, features fresh avocado, chopped tomatoes, and feta cheese on a black-bean base. Oddly, the combination works. But if you’re not into the idea of a burrito-flavored pizza, don’t worry, Vinnie’s also offers traditional pizzas.

Where to try it: Vinnie’s Pizzeria

Chorizo Ice Cream

Ice cream is one dessert that shouldn’t be played around with, but Oddfellows Ice Cream Co. manages to pull it off. The business’s chorizo caramel swirl features spicy-pork sausage-inspired ice cream, made from real chorizo. It’s a perfect blend of sweet and savory. Oddfellows changes their flavors often, but if you have the chance, make sure to also try burnt honey rosemary and extra virgin olive oil. 

Where to try it: Oddfellows Ice Cream Co.

Lox Rice Bowl

Experience the intersection of Jewish and Japanese culture at Shalom Japan. One of the restaurant’s featured meals is the lox rice bowl, a combination of lox, sushi rice, ikura, avocado, japanese pickles, fried capers, and chili mayo. If lox isn’t your thing, Shalom Japan offers a number of other unique fusion meals, including matzo ball ramen and wagyu pastrami sando. 

Where to try it: Shalom Japan

Cheeto Macarons

This French classic has been augmented (or maybe corrupted) by American junk food. Inspired by Halloween, the Macaron Parlour mixes the flavor of Cheetos with the delicate taste of a macaron. The dessert features white chocolate ganache sprinkled with cheese dust. 

Where to try it: Macaron Parlour

Thai Fiesta Chicken Fingers

Imagine crispy chicken tenders infused with both Thai and Mexican flavors. That’s what’s on offer at Sticky’s Finger Joint. The restaurant’s Thai fiesta chicken fingers feature tender chicken brined in buttermilk, coated in breading, then drizzled with Mac sauce, Thai sweet chili sauce, taco seasoning, and sesame seeds. It covers all the food groups, right? 

Where to try it: Sticky’s Finger Joint

Mac and Cheese Spring Rolls

Is there really a way to improve mac and cheese? Of course! You just have to deep fry it. Cafeteria’s mac and cheese spring rolls are the ultimate comfort food—creamy cheese and golden elbow noodles wrapped in a crispy-fried exterior. Plus, the spring rolls come with smoked gouda dipping sauce.  

Where to try it: Cafeteria

Sushi Burger

Redeye Grill has managed to redefine the limits of both sushi and burgers. Although, we suggest you eat this concoction with a fork and knife rather than chopsticks or your hands. The sushi burger features a spicy yellowfin tuna patty topped with avocado, ginger, seaweed salad, watermelon radish, and then placed between two tamanishiki rice buns. Where to try it: Redeye Grill

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