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Beignets in NYC: Twists on the pastry from Dirt Candy, Dominique Ansel and Soogil

Beignets are synonymous with New Orleans, thanks to Café Du Monde’s famous fried fritters. If you’re craving the choux pastry this Mardi Gras, here are three twists at New York City restaurants:

Veggie at Dirt Candy

Dirt Candy's vegetable beignets
Photo Credit: Dirt Candy

On Mardi Gras, Amanda Cohen is serving a six-course vegetarian feast of brand-new dishes. Kicking everything off are savory vegetable beignets, which are stuffed with smoked Parmesan and arugula and dusted with vinegar powder. $95/person (tip included) for the Feb. 13 dinner; 86 Allen St., Manhattan, tickets here

Matcha at Dominique Ansel Kitchen

Dominique Ansel Kitchen's matcha beignets.
Photo Credit: Dominique Ansel Kitchen

Instead of plain old powdered sugar, the West Village café dusts its mini beignets with matcha powdered sugar for a bit of a caffeine kick. They’re fried to order so they’re served warm and fluffy. $8/six pieces; 137 Seventh Ave. S., Manhattan,

Sweet potato at Soogil

Soogil's fried sweet potatoes are served with a
Photo Credit: Michael Tulipan

The East Village restaurant, which blends Korean flavors with French techniques, makes a savory pastry with Korean sweet potatoes. They’re served warmed, three to a plate, with a chilled white kimchi soup (a winter tradition in Korea). $9; 108 E. Fourth St., Manhattan,


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