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The duck wings "bravioli" at Huertas
The duck wings "bravioli" at Huertas

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The duck wings "bravioli" at Huertas

The coolest regulars at the coolest restaurants know something other diners don’t: secret, off-menu dishes that the chef is happy to whip up, if you know to ask. We’ve partnered with American Express — who knows how to properly reward obsessive diners* — to uncover off-menu specials at these restaurants around town. Here they are.

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1. Los Tacos No.1

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75 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 256-0343
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West Coast taco snobs love this bustling stand, manned by two guys from California and one from Tijuana, especially for its gently spicy adobada, or grilled pork. To go off menu at Los Tacos, order the queso taco: the chefs replace the tortilla with a disk of fried cheese that's pliable enough to fold up like a taco.

2. Concord Hill

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374 Graham Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 463-9322
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This cute, farm-chic spot in trendy East Williamsburg boasts a menu that is vegetable-heavy American with foreign tweaks, such as the satisfying roasted Sasso chicken with saffron labne, cucumber, hazelnuts, and bulgur. Also known for a solid collection of toast boards that include such delights as house-made paté, there's a special one that's not on the menu: a wild mushroom toast with arugula pesto and shaved Pecorino. The dish — which features high-quality oyster mushrooms from Foraged & Found — is a staff favorite.

3. Huertas

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107 1st Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 228-4490
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This cozy Basque-inspired spot in the East Village has small plates like grilled octopus and $2 to $8 pinxtos, served dim-sum style at the front bar. But there's more here than meets the eye. "We want to create situations where people feel like they’re regulars," says Huertas chef Jonah Miller. So he dreamed up a special, off-menu treat. It’s confit and fried duck wings "bravioli," coated in a combination of bravas sauce and aioli.

4. El Original

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735 10th Ave
New York, NY 10019

This big, airy Hell’s Kitchen joint, run by a team of native Texans, serves up Tex-Mex classics like quesos, refried beans, and enchiladas, alongside plenty of home-cooked corn chips and a large variety of tequilas and mezcals. They also let diners go off menu with The Hatch Backwards : a cheese enchilada, smothered in Hatch-chile queso and chili con carne, served w/ Spanish rice, and a cup of our Texas Red chili, topped with more Hatch-chile queso.

5. Corkbuzz

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75 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(646) 237-4847
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In two downtown locations, under golden-warm lighting, master sommelier Laura Maniec oversees an array of affordable wine classes, from blind tastings to a Burgundies Master Class. There’s also a menu of small plates, crostini, and charcuterie. We're tipping diners off to a sweet deal, for those looking for a foolproof bite and drink combo. Order the off-menu crispy flatbread with whipped goat cheese, pistachios and truffled honey with a half-glass of Trimbach Clos St. Hune Reisling ’07, from Alsace. It's available at both the Union Square and Chelsea locations.

6. Flinders Lane

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162 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
(212) 228-6900
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This industrial-cool “contemporary Australian” spot in the East Village fuses Aussie traditions like a sausage roll (perfect at the bar with a Coopers pale ale) with more Southeast Asian-influenced fare like steamed snapper and bok choy in a sesame-ginger sauce. A standout sour orange fish curry with long beans, shaved radish, and morning-glory leaf is not on the menu, but you can order it at any time.

7. Narcissa

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25 Cooper Sq
New York, NY 10003
(212) 228-3344
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Adjoining André Balazs’s Standard Hotel, Michelin-starred chef John Fraser’s bright and airy room fuses healthy California cuisine with the latest techniques in roasting, rotisserie, and slow cooking. The menu, featuring produce from Balazs’ Hudson Valley farm north of the city, contains gems like whole rotisserie branzino with fennel and farm greens or lacquered duck breast with creamed turnips and sour black plums. For something special — and sweet — order executive pastry chef Deborah Racicot’s seasonally appropriate off-menu dessert: parsnip carrot cake with sweet carrot raisin salad and cream cheese frosting.

1. Los Tacos No.1

75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

West Coast taco snobs love this bustling stand, manned by two guys from California and one from Tijuana, especially for its gently spicy adobada, or grilled pork. To go off menu at Los Tacos, order the queso taco: the chefs replace the tortilla with a disk of fried cheese that's pliable enough to fold up like a taco.

75 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011

2. Concord Hill

374 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

This cute, farm-chic spot in trendy East Williamsburg boasts a menu that is vegetable-heavy American with foreign tweaks, such as the satisfying roasted Sasso chicken with saffron labne, cucumber, hazelnuts, and bulgur. Also known for a solid collection of toast boards that include such delights as house-made paté, there's a special one that's not on the menu: a wild mushroom toast with arugula pesto and shaved Pecorino. The dish — which features high-quality oyster mushrooms from Foraged & Found — is a staff favorite.

374 Graham Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

3. Huertas

107 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003
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This cozy Basque-inspired spot in the East Village has small plates like grilled octopus and $2 to $8 pinxtos, served dim-sum style at the front bar. But there's more here than meets the eye. "We want to create situations where people feel like they’re regulars," says Huertas chef Jonah Miller. So he dreamed up a special, off-menu treat. It’s confit and fried duck wings "bravioli," coated in a combination of bravas sauce and aioli.

107 1st Ave
New York, NY 10003

4. El Original

735 10th Ave, New York, NY 10019

This big, airy Hell’s Kitchen joint, run by a team of native Texans, serves up Tex-Mex classics like quesos, refried beans, and enchiladas, alongside plenty of home-cooked corn chips and a large variety of tequilas and mezcals. They also let diners go off menu with The Hatch Backwards : a cheese enchilada, smothered in Hatch-chile queso and chili con carne, served w/ Spanish rice, and a cup of our Texas Red chili, topped with more Hatch-chile queso.

735 10th Ave
New York, NY 10019

5. Corkbuzz

75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

In two downtown locations, under golden-warm lighting, master sommelier Laura Maniec oversees an array of affordable wine classes, from blind tastings to a Burgundies Master Class. There’s also a menu of small plates, crostini, and charcuterie. We're tipping diners off to a sweet deal, for those looking for a foolproof bite and drink combo. Order the off-menu crispy flatbread with whipped goat cheese, pistachios and truffled honey with a half-glass of Trimbach Clos St. Hune Reisling ’07, from Alsace. It's available at both the Union Square and Chelsea locations.

75 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011

6. Flinders Lane

162 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

This industrial-cool “contemporary Australian” spot in the East Village fuses Aussie traditions like a sausage roll (perfect at the bar with a Coopers pale ale) with more Southeast Asian-influenced fare like steamed snapper and bok choy in a sesame-ginger sauce. A standout sour orange fish curry with long beans, shaved radish, and morning-glory leaf is not on the menu, but you can order it at any time.

162 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009

7. Narcissa

25 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003

Adjoining André Balazs’s Standard Hotel, Michelin-starred chef John Fraser’s bright and airy room fuses healthy California cuisine with the latest techniques in roasting, rotisserie, and slow cooking. The menu, featuring produce from Balazs’ Hudson Valley farm north of the city, contains gems like whole rotisserie branzino with fennel and farm greens or lacquered duck breast with creamed turnips and sour black plums. For something special — and sweet — order executive pastry chef Deborah Racicot’s seasonally appropriate off-menu dessert: parsnip carrot cake with sweet carrot raisin salad and cream cheese frosting.

25 Cooper Sq
New York, NY 10003

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