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Once the crude cuisine of the workingman, handheld meat pies have become a gourmet sensation across New Zealand. Down Under Bakery’s Park Slope storefront, The Pie Shop (211 Prospect Park West at 16th St, Prospect Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-788-2448,, serves high-quality treats like the steak mince and cheese pie (ground beef and cheddar) for $5.25 each. “There’s been a total renaissance in the meat-pie industry in New Zealand,” says expat and DUB owner Gareth Hughes. “Meat pies really are an expression of a chef’s skill and imagination.” Herbivores, fear not: Hughes also offers vegetarian options, like the curry vegetarian version ($5.50).

For a broader sampling of Kiwi flavors, head south—but only to the Seaport, home of Nelson Blue (233--235 Front St at Peck Slip; 212-346-9090, According to general manager Diane Honeywell, the New Zealand--themed restaurant is popular with Kiwis living in or passing through NYC; Honeywell, partner of Kiwi owner Pauli Morgan, says the prime minister of New Zealand and the king of the Maori have both stopped by. During your state visit, be sure to try the green-lipped mussels in a curry coconut broth ($18), which are flown in from the Southern Hemisphere two or three times a week.

While beer has always been an incredibly popular drink in New Zealand, sauvignon blancs and pinot noirs are among the island country’s better-known alcoholic exports. Discover more than 25 varieties at Astor Wines & Spirits (399 Lafayette St at 4th St; 212-674-7500, Try a robust, well-balanced bottle of the Kim Crawford sauv blanc for $16.99.

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