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of any persuasion - where can i find them?

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  1. Depends what you are looking for? Offal/weird meat parts? Food that is still alive? Obscure vegetarians? Something else? Obscure to whom?

    The Italians, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, French, British, etc. all have foods they consider perfectly normal but those raised in the USA think are "weird."

    I'd look into Picholine's game tasting menu, but I think it's only offered once a year (in the fall, I believe). I'd also consider joining the Gastronauts.

    In Manhattan:
    Momofuku Noodle
    Momofuku Ssam
    Momofuku Ko
    Ma Peche
    DBGB
    Bar Boulud
    Chez Napoleon
    Resto
    Casa Mono
    Babbo
    Fatty Crab
    Yakitori Totto
    Blue Ribbon Brasserie
    Prune
    Xian Famous Foods
    Despana
    Degustation
    Txikito
    El Quinto Pino
    Convivio
    Trestle on Tenth
    Hakata Tonton
    Cabrito
    Salumeria Rosi
    Peasant
    Spotted Pig
    The Breslin
    Ushiwakamaru
    Kanoyama
    Takashi
    Tehuitzingo
    Tulcingo de Valle

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/619802
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/636471

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    Tehuitzingo
    695 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

    Yakitori Totto
    251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

    Despana
    408 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

    Babbo
    110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

    Casa Mono
    52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

    Momofuku Ssam Bar
    207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

    Spotted Pig
    314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

    Resto
    111 East 29th Street, New York, NY 10016

    El Quinto Pino
    401 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011

    Blue Ribbon Brasserie
    97 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

    Kanoyama
    175 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

    Trestle on Tenth
    242 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10001

    Picholine
    35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

    Momofuku Noodle Bar
    171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

    Chez Napoleon
    365 W 50th St, New York, NY 10019

    Momofuku Ko
    163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

    Fatty Crab
    643 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

    Bar Boulud
    1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

    Cabrito
    50 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

    Convivio
    45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

    Txikito
    240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

    Salumeria Rosi
    283 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023

    DBGB
    299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

    The Breslin
    20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

    Ma Peche
    15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

    Xi'an Famous Foods
    88 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

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    1. re: kathryn

      Along the offal lines, I also thought of Takashi, and add in Kenka (bull penis and turkey testicles). Kenka is more of a Japanese crappy bar and food place though.

      I may make the bf take me to Takashi for my bday

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      Kenka
      25 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

      1. re: janethepain

        i really didnt liek the bull's penis at kenkas. the texture is too gelatiny if there's such a word. same goes with the cock's comb at casa mono.

      2. re: kathryn

        When I saw your post one place immediately came to mind- Shopsin's!

      3. go to Flushing for some dim sum!