Which food trends are on the rise in New York, and which food trends are dead?
Cronuts and cupcakes are over, ramen’s on the rise, and kale ain’t going anywhere anytime soon
Tue Apr 29 2014
Photograph: Dominic Perri
Most of 2014 has been spent mulling over what food will be the next Cronut (just yesterday, we tossed the waffle into the contender pool). But rather than rely on mere buzz or speculation, we turned to Google Trends, which measures the search interest in a topic, plots it on a graph and predicts when it'll reach its peak. We searched dozens of food items and drinks to see what's over, what's hot right now and what's going to take off soon. Because it's Google, the data is constantly changing, but here's what we uncovered.
Tequila is so over, it may even be due for a comeback.
ToastPeaked: September 2010
San Francisco is in the midst of a toast craze, but as usual, New York was way ahead of the curve on this one.
RumPeaked: October 2011
Sorry, Cienfuegos, but rum peaked several years ago. The craze is done.
The only surprise here is that cupcakes didn’t peak back when Sex and the City was still on the air.
It just goes to show, even mutant dessert foods only have so much life in them.
Coincidence? We think not. Thanks a lot, Cronuts, your relentless hype even killed your own ancestors!
Peaked: November 2013
We're kind of surprised the biscuit still isn't on the rise, what with the überpopular Empire Biscuit, but hopefully the its decline might pave the way for the rise of other baked goods.
SrirachaPeaked: November 2013
Yeah, once sriracha starts showing up as chip and doughnut flavors, it's over. Especially when the factory’s about two months from closing…
New York is a noodle-loving city, and our ramen obsession is on the rise, thanks to big-name slurp shops including Ivan Ramen and a forthcoming joint, Okonomi, from Yuji Haraguchi (Yuji Ramen).
KaleProjected to peak: January 2015
Goddamn it, Brooklyn.
Between Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken, Sweet Chick and the slew of Southern-twanged restaurants in NYC, how has fried-chicken mania not reached its peak? We can’t wait to see how crazy this one gets.
MezcalProjected to peak: April 2015
One of the most underrated spirits, tequila's smoky cousin is going to have its moment soon. Trust us, we’re half a bottle in as we make these predictions.
KimchiProjected to peak: April 2015
Though the fermented veg hit an all-time high in August 2013, it looks like it will be back in vogue next spring. Woo-hoo!
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