We know, we know, we’re supposed to be worried about our “bikini body.” Well, we have little time to worry about love handles and the like because summer’s racing by and we have too many
fried chicken plates, ice cream sandwiches and top-notch burgers to eat before Labor Day. From oysters to push-pops, consider this your food summer bucket list of 2016. Click all you’ve had... 1. Fried chicken box at Ando Sure, you can take the time to brine and batter your own bird for that next rooftop cookout or Central Park picnic, but why do it yourself when David Chang & Co. can do it for you? The delivery-only Momofuku restaurant, which you can order from via its app, issues out huge portions of KFC-inspired chicken that’s brined, marinated, dredged and fried, with skin that remains crispy even upon delivery, along with zesty honey mustard and crisp coleslaw. $11. 2. Pie sundae at Ample Hills Creamery at Bubby’s High Line Take a sweet detour during your High Line stroll to the Ample Hills outpost inside of Bubby’s High Line for one seriously tasty collaboration: piled-high pie sundaes. Choose one of Bubby’s house-baked pies as a base—apple, banoffee, chocolate peanut butter or sour cherry—and top it with one of Ample’s scoop flavors, like Nonna D’s Oatmeal Lace, Chocolate Milk & Cookies or Strawberries & Creme. A little fudge on top never hurt anyone, right? $14.50. 3. Hummus at Dizengoff A lazy afternoon grazing on hummus and house-baked pita sounds like the stuff of summer dreams. At the Chelsea Market outpost of Philadelphia’s all-star hummus parlor, make those dreams reality with a spread of, well, spreads: A veggie option features roasted Romanesco broccoli with golden raisins, pine nuts and harissa ($11), while a meatier dip is flavored with braised lamb neck, summery rhubarb, dried lime and herb salad ($12). 4. Paulie Gee’s Malt at Hail Mary There are plenty of soda-fountain curios (banana splits, Creamsicles) to keep you cool at this Greenpoint neodiner, including this modern milk shake: Scoops of burrata ice cream—yes, you read that correctly—are churned with candied bacon and splashes of Mike’s Hot Honey for a simultaneously spicy, sweet and smoky sipper. $11. 5. Curry burger at Soho Tiffin Junction New York is no stranger to hybrid burgers; the Ramen Burger spurred many a long line at Smorgasburg back in 2013. This summer, however, molecular-gastronomy master Wylie Dufresne is adding a quartet of Indian-inspired curry patties to the mix, available in flavors like salmon chettinad ($8.91) and chicken tikka masala ($6.29); trust us, they’re leagues lighter than the stewy originals that inspired them. 6. Push-pops at Lafayette Jennifer Yee’s artisanal Tout-ti Frutti push-pop was one of our favorite treats of Summer 2015; the pastry chef follows up those gorgeous macaron-studded sweets with three new flavors for the season: apricot with wildflower honey, yuzu sherbet with lemon curd, and roasted-corn–infused ice cream with bird’s eye chili flecks. $6. 7. Nutritious sandwich at Win Son Ham-and-pineapple sliders are a backyard luau go-to, but this Taiwanese-American arrival in East Williamsburg delivers a peppy upgrade on the island-inspired sandwich: Sliced ham, pickled pineapple, zippy jalapeños and a fistful of cilantro are loaded inside a crispy hull of sweet fried dough. Beach-body nutritious it ain’t, but delicious? Definitely. $13. 8. Lobster corn dog at Sea Wolf Two summertime classics—fresh lobster and fried corn dogs—come together at this seafood-focused Bushwick newbie from Daniel Cipriani (Lodge, Playland Grill), which took over the short-lived Lorenzo’s space last month. The crustacean is cranked sausage-style into a casing and then skewered, battered and deep-fried. Drizzled with honey mustard and served over greens, it makes on-a-stick eating look damn-near elegant. $11. 9. Grilled lobster tail at Luke’s Tail Cart In Battery Park near the Seaglass Carousel, you’ll find this lobster-tail stall from the Luke’s Lobster crew. The roving cart, which is equipped with a grill, doles out Maine lobster tails that have been split, skewered and fired over an open flame; you can dress up the shellfish with house-made dipping sauces, including a classic lemon butter option and a seasonal wild-blueberry vinaigrette made with fruit from Maine’s Josh Pond. $6. 10. Oysters at Zadie’s Oyster Room Marco Canora serves oysters in seven forms at his bivalve-focused revamp of East Village wine bar Fifty Paces: raw, baked, broiled, fried, pickled, poached and steamed. Find the latter dressed with Japanese hijiki in a butter-vermouth sauce splashed with ginger and tarragon. $16.50. 11. Raw bar at El Techo at Llama Inn Speaking of slurpers, head to the new rooftop lounge atop Williamsburg’s Llama Inn for Latin-spiced shellfish like oysters with rocoto hot sauce ($18 for six, $34 dozen), mussels hit with aji dulce peppers and popcorn-like cancha ($14 for six, $28 dozen) and Jonah crab claws with aji amarillo butter (market price). 12. Hot chicken at Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen Yes, more fried chicken. But when it’s cooked by a food personality as well liked as Carla Hall, who are we to say no? At the chef’s new Columbia Street chicken shack, that bird comes Nashville-style and that means hot: get it by the wing ($2.50), leg ($2.75), thigh ($3.50), breast ($5.50) or tender ($2.50) and with a choice of sauce that ranges from a mild Hoot & Honey to the mouth-scorching Boomshakalaka. 13. Concessions at Riis Park Beach Bazaar Fuel those Jacob Riis beach days with grub from returning vendors like Ample Hills Creamery and Fletcher’s Brooklyn BBQ, as well as some seaside newcomers like brother-chefs Max and Eli Sussman, who are offering Middle Eastern specialties (lentil-pistachio spread, chicken shawarma) at their Samesa stall at Bay 9 East and Detroit-style coney dogs at their Ed & Bev’s outfit at Bay 6. 14. The Emmy at Emmy Squared You can get red-sauce square slices spiced with Calabrian chili or a Hawaiian-tropics pineapple-and-ham pie, but our favorite summery pizza from husband-and-wife Matt and Emily Hyland’s Williamsburg za parlor is the namesake offering, a vibrant pie dressed with creamy mozzarella, neon-yellow banana peppers, slivered red onions and bright-green drizzles of ranch. $18. 15. Spiedini—and a beer boat—at Sabbia Kick back with friends under a striped cabana at this summer reboot of Eataly’s rooftop bar and restaurant, where you can pair light bites like oregano-blasted seared shrimp ($9) and house-pulled mozzarella and almonds ($7) with a four-beer boat flight of Italian beers like Baladin Nora ($10) and Birra del Borgo Reale ($10).