7 NYC Pumpkin Dishes That Aren’t a PSL
If the jack-o’-lanterns on every stoop haven’t tipped you off, it’s full-on pumpkin season. Beyond the ubiquitous PSL, the autumnal squash is making its way into pastas, desserts and even cocktails around the city, and the results are nothing short of delicious. Here are seven excellent ways to eat (and drink) it this fall.
Pumpkin Risotto at Tiny’s and The Bar Upstairs
Executive chef Alejandro Bonilla Manjarrez’s seasonal pumpkin risotto is made with melted leeks, pecorino cheese and pumpkin crisps for double the pumpkin flavor. Add on to the pumpkin party by pairing it with a Tiny’s Dark and Stormy, which mixes Goslings dark rum,Pickett’s Ginger Beer, pumpkin spice, fresh muddled ginger and lime juice.
135 W. Broadway; tinysnyc.com
Pumpkin Spice Tamale at City Tamale
Already popular for its savory options, this Hunts Point restaurant is slinging a dessert tamale made with brown sugar and cinnamon flavored masa and a pecan and roasted pumpkin filling. Served with whipped cream and caramel sauce or ricotta and honey, this decadent Mexican treat is hard to pass up.
1316 Oak Point Ave., Bronx; citytamale.com
Pumpkin Pesto Rigatoni at Santina
Instead of turning pumpkin flesh into pasta sauce, chef Ashley Eddie uses roasted pumpkin seeds, crushed while they’re still warm, to make pesto. Garlic, anchovies and parsley are all added to the mix, along with a sprinkling of ricotta salata for extra creaminess.
820 Washington St.; santinanyc.com
Egg Custard at Ferris
Ferris’s new fall menu includes a seasonal chawanmushi (savory Japanese egg custard), made with pumpkin dashi, eggs and white soy, and topped with a salad of crab, raw green apple, Espelette pepper and pepitas. The gorgeous multi-textured dish is finished with a pumpkin-seed buttercream. Who needs dessert when dinner is this decadent?
44 W. 29th St.; ferrisnyc.com
Pumpkin Spice Hummus Shake at The Hummus & Pita Co.
OK, we know it sounds like a mash-up out of a sitcom, but hear us out: The pumpkin spice hummus shake is actually good (and packed with fiber). The frosty beverage is a blend of chickpeas, tahini, banana, dates, almond milk and pumpkin puree that’s topped with whipped cream and a proprietary pumpkin spice blend.
Multiple locations; hummusandpitas.com
Pumpkinhead at Sunday in Brooklyn
Skip the PSL and go for something a little stronger: Sunday in Brooklyn’s seasonally appropriate cocktail of rum, aged cachaça, sherry, curaçao, pumpkin, orgeat, lemon and cinnamon, served tall over ice.
348 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn; sundayinbrooklyn.com
Pumpkin Dulce de Leche Cake at Milk Bar
We’ll never get tired of pumpkin pie, but for a change of pace, Milk Bar’s newest offering takes the, uh, cake. Spiced vanilla cake is filled with roasted pumpkin ganache and layered with dulce de leche and “milk crumbs” (basically crumbly, malty mini cookies). Toasted pepitas top off this glorious pumpkin creation, and yeah, you’ll want to polish off the whole six-inch cake yourself.
Multiple locations; milkbarstore.com