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New York's hottest new restaurant trend is black-dyed food

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Alyson Penn

With all the mystical, rainbow-dyed foods cropping up in restaurants, bars and cafes throughout the city (we’re looking at you, unicorn lattes), the backlash was inevitable. After all, New York is decidedly not L.A. Everything isn’t rainbow and sunshine all the time–Gothamites like things a little gritty and, sometimes, we like to eat how we dress: in black. Here's the most noticeable black-as-your-soul grub around town. 

Black Coconut Ash ice cream at Morgenstern’s

The popular ice-cream shop is marketing its activated-charcoal scoop by appealing to the goth teen in all of us. 2 Rivington St

If you're sick of pink unicorn flavors, go get the Black Coconut Ash ice cream at @morgensternsnyc instead. (📷 @odd_luxe)

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Charcoal lattes

While it hasn’t made its way to NYC (yet), the trendiest cafe drink is getting the appropriate viral treatment in shops across Europe and Asia. 

Black Sesame Creme Brûlée at SakaMai

The Lower East Side lounge serves an Asian twist on the popular French dessert using matcha-almond wafers. 157 Ludlow St

Photograph: Gabrielle Pedriani

Black Truffle Ice Cream at Le Coq Rico

This new dessert at the poultry restaurant features ice cream infused with hand-picked French black truffles, with Oreo crumbles on top. 30 E 20th St

Photograph: Courtesy Le Coq Rico

Black pizza, pasta and mozzarella at Olivella

Chef Salvatore Olivella is adding activated charcoal as a major ingredient in Italian favorites at his newly opened restaurant in North Bergen. 7709 Bergenline Ave, New Jersey (201-662-6110)

Photograph: Courtesy Olivella

Bone Char Pearl at Saxelby Cheesemongers

Blue Hill’s Dan Barber commissioned this charcoal-dusted cheese, with rinds coated in the ashes of pig and lamb bone. It's now for sale in the Lower East Side shop. 120 Essex St

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