Food & Drink

The 9 Best Off-Menu Food Items in NYC

Published On 09/12/2013 Published On 09/12/2013
Piora's 40oz Cote de Boeuf - off-menu food items
Yelp user John-Paul P.
Melissa Hom
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1. Gramercy Tavern 42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003 (Flatiron)

This upscale, Michelin-starred restaurant from the mind behind Union Square Cafe, Blue Smoke, and Shake Shack revives the classic American tavern with sophisticated (and affordable) entrees, such as shrimp and squash stew, jerk chicken, and a chocolate peanut butter pie for two. But more popular than GT's entrees, wine list, and refined cocktails is its off-menu Tavern Burger, which is expertly made with a specially sourced blended patty (50% chuck, 25% brisket, 25% short rib), and blanketed in melted cheddar with smoky bacon strips on a house-baked bun.

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2. Piora 430 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Taking its name from the word "to blossom" in Korean, Piora's menu is a lively mash-up of Italian and Korean cuisines and fittingly features plenty of veggie-centric, farm-fresh fare. Housed in a West Village townhouse, the ground-floor dining room is intimate with 32 seats and great cocktails, and overlooks a beautiful private garden. You’re gonna want to get the signature bucatini with black garlic, Dungeness crab, maitake mushrooms, and chilies.

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3. 21 Club 21 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019 (Midtown)

Since 1930, The 21 Club has attracted celebrities and A-list clientele to its sophisticated dining room right by the Theatre District. It's also one of America's most famous speakeasies from the Prohibition era, with a disappearing bar and secret wine cellar that's now home to an award-winning wine selection.

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4. Amali 115 E 60th St, New York, NY 10065 (Upper East Side)

This farm-to-table Mediterranean was designed with a Grecian household in mind. Simple, fresh dishes from a former A Voce chef include grilled octopus in red wine, raviolo w/ prosciutto, and braised lamb brisket with pumpkin and puffed farro, which is naturally at the bottom of the food pyramid.

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5. Antica Pesa 115 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Antica Pesa brings authentic Italian food to Williamsburg with dishes like prosciutto accompanying a gooey mozz ball wrapped in crusty filo dough, a whole stuffed calamaro w/ horseradish yogurt, housemade spinach gnocchi jammed w/ oven-roasted tomatoes & pesto, and a very Italian wine list.

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6. Peels 325 Bowery, New York, NY 10003 (Noho)

Peels plates Southern comfort food -- like Andouille corn dogs, biscuits, and house-cured pork chops -- in a cheerful two-floor setting on Bowery.

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7. Blue Smoke 116 E 27th St, New York, NY 10016 (Flatiron)

The Flatiron outpost of Blue Smoke's grilling that same BBQ goodness that officially brings authentic Southern eats to the big city. BS also hosts the annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, which attracts 'cue lovers from all over the place to fill up on more than they can handle.