Crawling, buzzing and swarming aren’t qualities most of us associate with gastronomic pleasure. But as bed bugs and roaches continue to bite through New York City’s attractions there is a nutritional way of dealing with the cities pests.
“Most of the world already eats insects,” Professor Arnold van Huis points out in a recent Observer article. Not reserved for game show challenges or that authentic hunter-gather weekend upstate, the benefits of eating bugs is being considered by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization as a serious solution to the increasing world food shortage.
Here are the best places in NYC to exterminate these pests one mouthful at a time.
- GALAXY GLOBAL EATERY, 15 Irving Place
Oaxacan Soft Tacos with Lemon Spiced Grasshoppers $10.95
- LA PALAPA, 77 St Marks Pl
Crepas de Huitlacoche $11.95
Huitlacoche (corn fungus a.k.a corn ‘smut’) has long been considered a pest by farmers who found the fungus destroying corn crops. Eaten as a paste, a good vegetarian alternative.
- BLUE RIBBON RESTAURANT, 97 Suillivan Street
Pigeon, toasted barley, sweet potato and apple $29.50
Technically vermin, the ones on the menu here are a far superior pest.
Suppliers of food derived from insects. Party catered for 10 guests, $30 per person. Includes crickets, large ants, scorpions and cockroaches.
- THE EXPLORER’S CLUB, The Waldorf-Astoria, 301 Park Ave, 20th March 2010.
Individual Member’s ticket $375, Intergalactic Table $40,000
Annual Dinner where 2009’s dishes included honey soy Tarantulas and potato soufflé filled with muscoid larvae and pupae.