New York’s Best Off-The-Menu Items to Try

When you’re navigating your way round the restaurant scene in New York, knowing what to order is just as important as knowing where to go. Beyond the restaurants’ usual menus, there’s a whole world out there with secret off-the-menu items, often featuring the chef’s best dishes.



New York’s favorite seafood spot features everything from fish tacos to oysters and poke, but have you ever noticed that the British favorite – fish and chips – is missing from the menu? We certainly did. But never fear, restaurateur Michael Chernow offers his take on the traditional dish off the menu, featuring crispy Atlantic Pollock, Seamore’s signature tartar sauce, hot spiked malt vinegar, and Russian fingerling potatoes.

Seamore’s, multiple locations in NYC

fuku-off the menu spicy sandwich


What started as a fried chicken sandwich joint by Momofuku, is now a city staple with various locations and an evolving selection of chicken and seasonal dishes. Next time you pay Fuku a visit, order their off-the-menu sweet and spicy fuku finger sando or go all out with their extremely spicy sando (available at Fuku in FiDi, East Village and Battery Park)

Fuku, multiple locations in NYC

Momofuku Noodle Bar 

Another off-the-menu item at a Momofuku operation: Kimchi Stew at Momofuku Noodle Bar – it seems David Chang loves off-the-menu items as much as we do. While the beloved dish was previously included on the menu, it’s now only available for those in the know – you’re welcome.

Momofuku Noodle Bar, 171 1st Avenue, NY 10003



While any dish at the Mediterranean restaurant in Soho is both stunning and hugely satisfying, Chef Ayesha also offers a special off-the-menu pita sandwich – Ayesha’s Falafel. Filled with falafel, red cabbage, spicy carrots, kohlrabi, pickled turnips, tahini, gem lettuce, herbs, and harissa, this sandwich is certainly a mouthful, but we’re sure you’ll manage.

Shuka, 38 Macdougal Street, NY 10012

Gramercy Tavern

New York’s fine dining spot is divided into a taproom and restaurant, which is important information if you want to get your hands on their off-the-menu item. Available at the bar during lunchtime – and in the evening, if you’re lucky – Gramercy Tavern offers twenty of the exclusive cheeseburgers a day. This one’s a real gem so keep it under wraps…

Gramercy Tavern, 42 E 20th St, NY 10003

Featured image: Shuka