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6 food Kickstarters in NYC that are better than potato salad

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
Photo Credit: Kickstarter/ Cocoburg

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.

House of Yes

This Brooklyn circus, theater, and performance venue will
Photo Credit: House of Yes

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.

Rockaway Brewing Company

Though the microbrewery’s craft brew is available on
Photo Credit: Rockaway Brewing Company

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…

Honeybee Pâtisserie

Honeybee Pâtisserie will bring French pastries to
Photo Credit: Honeybee Pâtisserie

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.

Grazers: A Cooperative Story

The Grazers documentary portrays the loss of our
Photo Credit: Kickerstarter/ Grazers

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.

Moss Cafe

Perhaps the best part of Kickstarter is really
Photo Credit: Kickstarter/ Moss Cafe

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!

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