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The most exotic foods you can find in NYC

Me and the wife are planning on a scavenger hunt in NYC this afternoon. We want to try small dishes that are found very few places outside their home country, Things like grasshopper tacos and guinea pig...

What should we eat and where?

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  1. Many Asian/Chinese restaurants will have delicacies like duck tongue etc..
    Mapo Tofu in Murray Hill and Hunan Manor across the street come to mind.
    At Salvation Taco you can get Grilled Lamb tongue and Crispy Pig Ears.

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    1. re: Motosport

      The crispy pig ear dish at Momofuku Ssam Bar right now is really good. Crispy pig ear, lettuce wrap, yuzu kosho, umezuki, thai basil.

    2. Since you mention grasshopper tacos specifically, they have them at Toloache. There are a few locations -- I had them on 50th Street. Link goes to my photo on Foodspotting.


        1. You can get pig ear tacos (oreja) at the taco stand on Broadway and 71st. Also lengua (tongue) - if that qualifies for your list.

          1. Do they still serve Kangaroo meat in Public?

            Live octopus at Sik Gaek in Woodside, NY..I don't find this exotic but I guess to most people, it is.

            Aligator meat at Natori..if they are still open for business.

            Takashi has a few exotic stuff on their menu too i believe.

            1. --I second motosport on the lamb tongue and the best pig ears ever, at Salvation.
              --I also like the pickled pig ears in many Chinatown restaurants.
              --Bull penis at Taisho.
              --Takashi for everything from achilles tendon to the various cow stomachs.
              --Pig and cow or Maharlika sizzling sizzig ( pig ear, feet, belly, head and liver
              -- Shirako at Sushi Azabu
              --Blue Fin Eye ball in socket at Kanoyama
              --Fermented fish guts at Ichcimura at Brushstroke

              1. Sadly Yuen Yuen in Chinatown just closed. They had fresh killed rattlesnake, deer penis, and seasonally stewed owl, fox, and many other delicacies.

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                1. re: swannee

                  stewed owl, fox....is that even legal??? wow....

                2. I know during the summer months you can find cuy or guinea pig being cooked on spits at Ecuadorian food carts in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens.

                  1. How about Sliced beef/yak or Sliced beef/yak tongue or Goat intestine (liver, heart and stomach) among other exotic dishes at Himalayan Yak Restaurant in Jackson Heights?

                    1. Years ago I had the 1/2 sheep's head appetizer at Puglia. It's still on the menu.

                      1. Have you checked with Andrew Zimmern? Lol.


                        Prong horn tenderloin, banana canapes with maggots. Yum yum.