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Edible Insects in NYC?

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racer x May 4, 2008 10:42 AM

There recently was an interesting interview on one of the local radio shows discussing the potential for using insects for food as one potential solution to the world's food shortage problems. (The guest pointed out that although insect-eating is out of favor in most societies today, historically humans have always eaten insects. He also suggested one way to increase acceptance might be to farm them as foodstuff and perhaps serve them as a processed - ground, etc - protein product, as in hotdogs, rather than as whole insects.)

After hearing his descriptions of termites as having a delicious, nutty taste, I am dying to try them and other insects.

And, yes, I can see from past threads that "bug eating is old news for Chowhounders."

Any places in NY serve insects?
(I already know about grasshopper tacos at Toloache and Galaxy Global Eatery.)

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  1. misnatalie May 4, 2008 12:31 PM

    I was looking for the same thing. The only things I could come up with were The Explorers Club which recently held their annual black-tie dinner at the Waldorf=Astoria, featuring dishes like mealworm maki and a stir-fry with earthworms .

    Guelaguetza at National and Sepulveda on the west side serves chapulines (grasshoppers) sauteed in chili, lime and garlic. The critters get so crispy their legs fall off, and you are left with crunchy, delicious little morsels. Enjoy with a shot of Patron tequila blanco - YUM! www.guelaguetzarestaurante.com

    Dos Caminos on Park Avenue has grasshoppers on the menu. It is new I think. They call it Salsa Chapolines or something like that.

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      cimui May 5, 2008 10:48 AM

      Very interesting that you should mention Guelaguetza in LA. That's where I tried chapulines and mole for the first time. I liked the texture, but wasn't nuts about the flavor.

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      Pelecat May 4, 2008 04:08 PM

      Toloache on 50th between 7th & 8th also serves grasshopper tacos. They're supposed to be excellent, but I haven't the fortitude to try.

      1. Miss Needle May 4, 2008 09:16 PM

        Interesting about the grasshoppers at Dos Caminos and Toloache. I've had them at a well-reputed restaurant in Mexico, but really wasn't that crazy about the flavor. I don't know if I would describe the taste as delicious and nutty. To me, it tasted more like dirt. Perhaps it's the way they were prepared as they take on the flavors of the seasonings.

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          cimui May 5, 2008 10:50 AM

          I think racer's radio program described termites "delicious and nutty", actually (which sort of makes sense if you think about how wood smells).

          My chapulines in LA had a bit of a "muddy" flavor, too.

        2. lilnugget May 5, 2008 11:17 AM

          when andrew zimmern/bizarre foods did their NYC segment, they featured gene rurka's farm in new jersey. he is the guy that creates the menus for the explorers club dinner. i know its not exactly what you were looking for, but maybe he could help you out..

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