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Chapulines and Other Insect Dishes in Manhattan

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After reading the New Yorker's article this week about eating insects (http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/20... ; it's not a new subject, but Dana Goodyear does a great job of writing about it), I was inspired to go out and hunt down some six-legged grub this week.

Chiles and Chocolate's new outpost in Manhattan serves chapulines alongside other pretty well executed Oaxacan specialties, including a mole negro that I enjoyed very much. The limey, salty, copper-colored chapulines are (I think pan) roasted until semi-crisp. They were pretty good, but a bit too salty for me. The $1 serving, a perfect sized, high protein snack, included mostly tiny, but also a few medium-sized grasshoppers, all with the legs still attached. Some places I've been to in CA serve them without legs or antennae.

Which other places in Manhattan do chapulines well nowadays? How are Toloache's chapulines tacos? Which restaurants serve insects incorporated into dishes more generally? (I know there have been posts about the subject in the past -- i.e. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/515727 -- but most are relatively old and it'd be nice to have an update.

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Toloache
251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

Chiles & Chocolate
155 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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  1. I like Toloache's tacos. They're a little high-priced, considering chapulines aren't a terribly expensive ingredient, but you could do worse than sit at the bar, enjoy a few, and sample some of the great tequila list.

    Casa Mezcal on the LES serves them as a bar snack sometimes. And you can't beat the price - free! Food is also good.

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    Toloache
    251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

    Casa Mezcal
    86 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

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    1. re: sgordon

      What's in Toloache's tacos besides chapulines?

      Thanks for the Casa Mezcal tip! I've been there, but had no idea chapulines sometimes make an appearance. Will be on the lookout.

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      Toloache
      251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

      Casa Mezcal
      86 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

    2. Perhaps we can persuade some of our eat local restaurants to start sourcing...just think of the possibilities.

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      1. re: geendatz

        I'd love that -- and not just chapulines, but meal worms, the works. I know a lot of chapulines eaten in the US are imported from Mexico and I've read that these carry a risk of lead contamination. Maybe locally sourced grasshoppers would be a tad safer?