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10 Bizarre New Restaurant Dish Presentations

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In an attempt to up the “wow factor” of their food, sometimes chefs incorporate strange plating techniques, theatrical arrangements, or chintzy gimmicks into a dish. Here are ten of the weirdest new dish presentations in New York restaurants:

lionporkchop.jpg10) The Pork Chop at the Lion: At some point in a menu planning meeting, John DeLucie must have asked "What if we hot-boxed a pork chop?" [Photo]
marrivanasalmon.jpg 9) Mari Vanna's Salmon Roe in a Nesting Doll: What better way to present a distinctively Russian appetizer than in a distinctively Russian chotchke? [Photo]

anellaflowerpot.jpg8) Anella's Bread in a Flower Pot: Yes, it's fresh baked bread. But, it's served in a vessel that usually holds dirt. [Photo]
dogbowlxiaoye.jpg7) Xiao Ye's "Everything But the Dog Meat Platter": Clearly, Petco is the new Fishs Eddy. [Photo]
oldbaychoptank.jpg6) Choptank's Crab Dip with a Tin of Old Bay: Usually this seasoning is a “secret ingredient” in seafood dishes. Here, Choptank is just being straight up with their customers. They're basically saying " You want some Old Bay in your crab dip? Go for it." [Photo]
tanukitavernsteak1.jpg5) Tanuki Tavern’s Steak on an Individual Hibachi: Jeffrey Chodorow knows that his steak is not for sissies. That’s why he created a presentation that fuses together four powerful elements: rock, fire, meat and man. [Photo]
balaboostahummus.jpg4) Grind your own Hummus at Balaboosta: Paying to grind your own hummus is like paying to change your own tire. [Photo]
asparagushollandaise.jpg3) The Asparagus Hollandaise at the Collective: True to the restaurant’s dada design concept, the asparagus appetizer here apparently involves wooden spears stuck in a salted lemon wedge. The result looks like something Yoko Ono would serve at a dinner party. [Photo]
kttichaioctopus.jpg2) The Salmon Tartare at Kittichai: The little pastry cups are so intricate, so delicate that they need to be transported to the table via a scary octopus-shaped metal cradling device. [Photo]
abeandarthursdonut1.jpg 1) The 'Fill Your Own' Donuts at Abe & Arthur's: The restaurant put the jelly-squirting power in the hands of the diner, and in doing so created the Shitshow Dish of 2010. The bar has been raised very, very high. [Photo]

Also of Note: The rest of the year is shaping up to be a great one for weird presentations too! The chef at LIC newcomer M. Wells just announced that he wants to do some form of spaghetti in a can!

Balaboosta

611 Hudson Street, Manhattan, NY 10014 (212) 390-1545 Visit Website

The Lion

62 West Ninth Street, New York, NY 10011 Visit Website

Xiao Ye

198 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002

Anella

222 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222 718 389 8100

Tanuki Tavern

18 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10014 Visit Website

The Collective

1 Little West 12th Street, New York, New York 10014 Visit Website

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