12 Top-Secret, Off-the-Menu Items You Can Totally Order in NYC
Like honey-drenched pizza. And a giant lobster.
Well, except this.
There are 12 jaw-droppingly delicious dishes at NYC restaurants that you haven’t tried--because they aren’t actually on the menu. And we’re about to share them with you…if you can keep a secret.
MY BIG FAT GREEK LOBSTER AT NERAI
We’ll start with the good news: This secret stuffed lobster is six pounds and enough to feed four people. It’s also $350, but let’s just not think about that part until the bill comes.
55 E. 54th St. (at 54th St.); 212-759-5554 or nerainyc.com
CHILI LOBSTER CHICKEN WINGS AT AMERICAN CUT STEAKHOUSE TRIBECA
Speaking of lobster, this Tribeca restaurant’s lobster seasoning is so tasty, it's been added to the chicken wings as an off-the-menu Monday night football treat. Um, do we actually have to watch football in order to enjoy these?
363 Greenwich St. (at Harrison St.), New York, NY 10013; 212-226-4736 or americancutsteakhouse.com
ROTI S’MORES AT PASAR MALAM
This Malaysian restaurant in Williamsburg swaps out graham crackers for sweetened roti dough. The result is epic.
208 Grand St. (at Bedford Ave.), Brooklyn; 929-267-4404 or pasarmalamny.com
THE BEE STING PIE AT ROBERTA’S
This seasonal pizza features the surprisingly amazing combo of fresh mozzarella, soppressata and honey. We’ll take another pie for dessert, please.
Locations in East Williamsburg and Midtown East; 718-417-1118 or robertaspizza.com
UOVO IN RAVIOLO AT BLACK BARN
Italian joint SD26 closed earlier this year, but Black Barn, the restaurant that opened in its place, still serves the former spot’s pasta specialty during the week: ravioli with a runny egg yolk in the center.
19 E. 26th St. (at Madison Ave.); 212-265-5959 or blackbarnrestaurant.com
STEAK DIANE AT 21 CLUB
Sometimes we really want to eat dinner like Don Draper. On those nights, we’ll head to this iconic Midtown haunt for its classic off-the-menu panfried steak.
21 W. 52nd St. (at Sixth Ave.); 212-582-7200 or 21club.com
THE KOREANO SANDWICH AT FUKU
Want to add an extra kick to your already ridiculously delicious chicken sammy? David Chang puts julienned daikon radish in this off-the-menu treat.
163 First Ave. (at Tenth St.); momofuku.com
WHOLE ROASTED DUCK AT EDI & THE WOLF
Call ahead of time and this cozy East Village dinner spot will have the whole bird ready for you (and three or four very lucky friends) for $78.
102 Ave. C (at Seventh St.); 212-598-1040 or ediandthewolf.com
THE BACON, EGG & CHEESE AT BLACK TREE
Even though the Lower East Side restaurant frequently switches up its menu, you can still order this simple but extremely necessary breakfast sandwich the morning after a crazy night out.
131 Orchard St. (at Rivington St.); 212-533-4684 or blacktreenyc.com
LATKES AT JACK’S WIFE FREDA
It’s not on the menu, but you can order up a side of potato and matzo latkes to dip into your soft-boiled eggs at breakfast (or, you know, anytime).
Locations in Soho and the West Village; 212-510-8550 or jackswifefreda.com
TOFFEE SAUCE ON FRY BREAD AT BLUE SMOKE
The puffy Louisiana-style bread is a crowd favorite, but the sweet toffee sauce is only for diners in the know.
116 E. 27th St. (at Park Ave. S.); 212-447-7733 or bluesmoke.com
THE HANGOVER CURE AT DEPANNEUR
OMG. Avocado, hard-boiled egg, arugula, cheddar cheese and Sriracha on multigrain bread. Let’s just keep this one between us, OK?
242 Wythe Ave. (at Fourth St.), Brooklyn; 347-227-8424 or depanneurbklyn.com