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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Report: New Yorkers already tired of the cool dining trends Orlando just got

Posted By on Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 4:41 PM

  • Photo courtesy of KrungThep Tea Time
You know those exciting new dining events and locations and menu items that we're super stoked to finally have in the City Beautiful?

New York is already tired of them. Eyeroll.

Here are four that Grub Street/New York Magazine food critic Adam Platt has pointed out as among his "11 Dining Trends We're Tired Of" and where to find them in our fair city, where they're still hella cool.

1. The Great Bowl Craze: Sorry, New Yorkers, we like our bowls. You know why? Because it's an easy way to scoop up everything delicious all in one perfectly textural, flavorful bite. The only people who don't like bowls are those weirdos who bring "divided lunch dishes" to work because they don't like their foods to touch. Our favorites: Japanese Breakfast Bowl at Artisan's Table and the Cherry Chicken Quinoa Bowl at First Watch.

2. The Fried Chicken Sandwich: First of all, I have a hard time believing that anyone could possibly be tired of fried chicken, or as Adam Platt points out, even "hearing about them." Have you no joie de vivre?! The only thing I can blame this on is the recent opening of the first Chick-Fil-A in Times Square, which has a notoriously (yet unsurprisingly) long line. [Ed. note: I blame David Chang.] Orlando's best fried chicken sandwiches? The BB Slaw with fried chicken at BB Junction and the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich at The Coop.

3. Hipster Food Halls: You can take my bowls and you can take my fried chicken sandwiches (actually, no), but don't you touch my East End Market and Market on South. (And we're on tenterhooks for Eat Street, Artegon's 25,000-square-foot version opening by the end of 2016.) Having visited several of these so-called "new food courts" in Manhattan, I can say assuredly, they're probably the coolest thing that has happened to that city since Chelsea Market opened in 1997. I mean, there is *so much* in one space (and, honestly, so many people in one space), but the ability to go on a food tour without having to leave one building is pretty remarkable. Also, the business model is really stellar. Offering smaller businesses who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford a storefront a solid space for rent is a boon to cottage industry. 

4. Matcha Everything: I don't know WTF the guy's talking about when he says "when did it migrate to your local Starbucks?" For as long as I have been drinking coffee (which has been like, since birth) there's been a matcha latte at Starbucks (baristas, correct me if I'm wrong). I'm actually thrilled that a couple of our local coffee and tea houses have embraced this "esoteric Japanese ingredient" and that it's readily available, considering both its health benefits and outright deliciousness. Matcha must-trys locally: ChaCha Brick Toast at KrungThep Tea Time (shown above), Matcha latte at Tea and Tea in Winter Park Village, and the 6-pack of matcha mochi ice creams at the Asian markets in town like Dong-A Supermarket

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