1. Live Octopus, Sik Gaek
Have you ever eaten an animal uncooked? What about still wiggling? At Sik Gaek, a Queens restaurant, you can dine on their fresh octopus hot pot. The dish has been featured on No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain and has been written about by many many food writers. When the dish is brought to the table, the sea creatures inside it are still alive. They cook in front of you as the pot is heated up.
“Sannakji, or young octopus—dispatched within minutes of consumption, with a cephalopodan nervous system too spirited to calmly accept its demise—arrives at the table still thrashing about. The facial expressions around the table say it all.” explains New York Serious Eats writer Chris Hansen.
Off to Queens to try Sik Gaek, a Korean restaurant off of 52nd St., for this Sunday's Eating Along the 7.
— Patty Lee (@leepatty) December 28, 2011
The dish is pricey, but comes with enough to feed a big family. For $99.99 the experience is worth every dime. Don’t worry about trying to cut through all of the different seafood items that are included. Staff will come out at after every item is done moving and cut it up for you to consume. Now, which crazy friends can you talk into joining you?
2. Cookie Shots, Dominique Ansel Bakery
Do you enjoy doing shots? What if we told you there was such a thing as a “cookie” shot? If you’d rather stay home in your PJ’s and down some milk and homemade cookies you may want to visit Dominique Ansel Bakery. Since 2014, the shop has been offering New Yorkers a chocolate chip cookie that is shaped like a shot glass filled with milk.
— Dominique Ansel (@DominiqueAnsel) July 8, 2016
This fun and sugary concoction is a little over $4. The shop begins selling them every day after 3pm. If you enjoy the shot at the bakery they will fill it up with more milk.
— Dominique Ansel (@DominiqueAnsel) March 14, 2015
According to Serious Eats New York writer Niko Triantafillou, “the superb base cookie, similar to the bakery’s standard version, uses high-end 66% Valrhona chocolate. Our shot was served warm with soft, gooey chocolate chips, a buttery crumb, and a fresh-out-of-the-oven aroma (despite being reheated). Five Acre Farms whole milk infused with Tahitian vanilla fills the shot, offering its own powerful fragrance.”
Other items to try while at Dominique Ansel Bakery include cronuts (croissant donuts) and s’mores on a stick.
3. Calf’s Brain Cream with Blinis & Caviar, Takashi
Moving away from something sweet like a chocolate chip cookie, the restaurant Takashi serves a dish that’s almost out of a Goosebumps book! If you love beef, or love anything outside of the boring culinary box, order the Calf’s Brain Cream with Blinis & Caviar.
— Yakiniku Takashi (@TakashiNYC) June 3, 2016
This dish will immediately remind you of…toothpaste! For this shareable appetizer your plate will include blinis, which are like thin pancakes, a small dish with caviar, and a tub of white liquid. The tube has a red image of a brain on it. Inside the tube is calf’s brain cream! The way to eat it is to place the caviar on the pancake and then top it off with the cream.
Takashi's new special: Kobe tartar, whipped foie gras, Hackleback Caviar, sake-pickled cantaloupe & toast. Decadent! pic.twitter.com/RDdApl6EBH
— Yakiniku Takashi (@TakashiNYC) February 9, 2016
In an interview with Bravo’s writer Marcey De Luna, Chef Takashi explains, “I was inspired to make this dish because I’m crazy, … I wanted to use (leftover) bits and parts of the cow not typically used, but didn’t want to show them in plain shape because they can look unappealing. So I came up with the idea to boil them in vegetable stock with olive oil and spices, and blend it all into a paste with butter and heavy cream. It tastes sort of like foie gras.”
For $28, it’s quite an interesting dish.
4. Fois Gras Ice Cream, Oddfellows
Ice cream is always a great thing, right? Always, if you like fois gras. We didn’t know what fois gras was until we recently went on a trip to Europe. It seems much more popular there. This dish is made of the liver of a duck or goose. It’s usually fattened and then served raw. Kind of gross, if you’re not into that kind of thing.
— Riley (@happygoriley) July 8, 2016
Well, Oddfellows (properly named), is offering a fois gras ice cream on its menu. Oddfellows is an ice cream shop located in New York. There are two different branches. One is in the East Village and the other is in Brooklyn.
Current flavor in Williamsburg right now pic.twitter.com/yNJ1POSvmv
— OddFellows Ice Cream (@oddfellowsNYC) June 18, 2016
The shop is popular and known for its unique ice cream flavors. Some of them include S’mores, Grapefruit Jalapeno, and Honey & Salted Sunflower. Another item on the list has people freaking out. It’s the Fois Gras Ice Cream. The item is on their secret menu and guests are limited to one scoop per person. You can call ahead to see when it will be available and ask in person.
The duck or goose ingredient is meaty and is balanced with peanut butter and caramel. One taster from Thrillest explained, ““It basically tastes like vanilla ice cream, and you definitely get the peanut butter and caramel, plus a hint of rich, meaty flavor that’s not too aggressive.”
Would you try it? We think we’ll pass.