Don't worry Kickstarter Potato Salad project haters, you don't need to fund even an ounce of mayonnaise to make a difference on the crowd-funding website.

While Ohio man Zach Danger Brown has currently raised over $52,000 (considerably higher than his original $10 goal) for what promises to be the world's most epic crowd-funded side dish, plenty of local makers in New York City are actually trying to make their culinary dreams come true -- and reap the benefits with New Yorkers. Some of their tantalizing, thirst-quenching and curious projects caught our eye.

Cocoburg: Raw Vegan Jerky

With the jerky craze in full force, it’s
With the jerky craze in full force, it’s time to give Cocoburg - raw, vegan, gluten-free and soy-free jerky- its time in the spotlight. This cruelty-free jerky option is as much about its chewy texture and salty taste as its principals of saving animals while creating a delicious snack. (Credit: Kickstarter/ Cocoburg)

House of Yes

This Brooklyn circus, theater, and performance venue will
This Brooklyn circus, theater, and performance venue will house a restaurant and all-night juice bar, designed as a place to hangout and collaborate. Acrobatic brunches are also rumored to take place at the new space. A $20 pledge will earn you lunch at the new House of Yes. (Credit: House of Yes)

Rockaway Brewing Company

Though the microbrewery’s craft brew is available on
Though the microbrewery’s craft brew is available on tap, canning Rockaway Brewing Company's fresh brew on site is a whole other project. Donate to help support local beer that’s much better than that imported stuff from Milwaukee… (Credit: Rockaway Brewing Company)

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Honeybee Pâtisserie

Honeybee Pâtisserie will bring French pastries to
Honeybee Pâtisserie will bring French pastries to Bensonhurst. The pâtisserie will offer a homemade selection of entremets, tarts, palmiers and macarons along with locally roasted coffee. A $15 contribution will earn you a tea or coffee along with your choice of pastry by the bakery's planned opening this December. (Credit: Honeybee Pâtisserie)

Grazers: A Cooperative Story

The Grazers documentary portrays the loss of our
The Grazers documentary portrays the loss of our local food system -- a New York State farm closes every 3 days -- and the dangerous turn toward industrialization. A $50 donation gives you the opportunity to name a farm cow or a taste of grass-fed sweetbreads. (Credit: Kickerstarter/ Grazers)

Moss Cafe

Perhaps the best part of Kickstarter is really
Perhaps the best part of Kickstarter is really being able to see a change in the community. Moss Cafe aims to bring a Kosher, farm-to-table eatery and espresso bar to Riverdale in the Bronx, where no such place currently exists. A $25 pledge gets you a tote bag! (Credit: Kickstarter/ Moss Cafe)