Buggy bites: Your guide to the NYC restaurants serving insect-spiked dishes

Get your protein from creepy crawlers at these New York eateries

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Remember last year when the U.N. told us all to start munching on insects to ensure our future? Well, a few New York restaurants are putting that preachin' to practice with bug-filled cuisine. At the soon-to-open The Black Ant (brought to you by the team behind Ofrenda), the guacamole includes chicatana salt (made from winged ants), while their yellowtail ceviche is drizzled with serrano black-ant ponzu, and their Maíz y Tierra dish includes gusanos de maguey (worms from the agave plant). But they're not the only ones dishing out bugs. Here are three more restaurants you can hit if you want to dine à la Timon and Pumbaa.


At his midtown eatery, Julián Medina serves chapulín tacos, filled with grasshoppers that are toasted and seasoned with lime juice, sal de gusano (from the aforementioned agave worms) and garlic. The crunchy critters are served in small corn tortillas with onions, jalapeños and a dab of salsa verde.

  1. 251 W 50th St between Broadway and Eighth Ave
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If the thought of seeing full-bodied bugs eye to eye in a taco freaks you out, you can try the chapulqueso at this Lower East Side mescal haunt, where the ‘hoppers are hidden inside rich melted cheese, topped with tomatoes and served with warm tortillas.

  1. 86 Orchard St between Broome and Grand Sts
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At this midtown Japanese joint, you can start your meal with a hearty dish of sautéed silkworms, which the menu claims will give you “beautiful skin.”

  1. 2 W 32nd St, second floor
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