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Food trends 2015: Fried chicken sandwiches, food waste, veggie burgers, more

It's time to reflect on all the delicious things we ate this year.

From fried chicken sandwiches to matcha to upscale food delivery services, let's take a look back at the food trends that rocked 2015.

We hope you're hungry!

Veggie burgers

The veggie burger of yore is no more.
Photo Credit: Georgia Kral

The veggie burger of yore is no more. There's Superiority Burger, for one thing. Who knew a tiny counter serving a veggie burger and a few other items would be so widely craved? Even The New York Times loves it. Brooks Headley left the temple to food that is Del Posto to open it, and it's been a smash success. There's also the new (and rapidly expanding) vegan spot By Chloe and V Burger (all veggie burgers!) in Union Square. The East Village darling Wassail added a veggie burger to its brunch menu. Made with 50% ancient grains (farro, buckwheat quinoa, bulgur) and 50% mushrooms, it's given its depth of flavor by the addition of miso, mustard yuzu aioli, paprika pickled onions, multiple cheeses and smoked caramelized onions. We think the veggie burger will only evolve more in 2016!

Edible food waste

Call it guilt, call it awareness, either way
Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz

Call it guilt, call it awareness, either way New Yorkers were introduced to the important issue of food waste this year. First there was the Dan Barber (Blue Hill, Blue Hill at Stone Barns) pop-up WastED, which brought a rotating cast of well-known chefs into the Blue Hill kitchen to create entire dinners out of the odd and ends of foods generally thrown away. Barber also created a scrap salad for Sweetgreen this summer.

The city also wants to require private food companies to compost leftover food scraps.

Matcha

The Japanese green tea powder turned NYC viridescent
Photo Credit: MatchaBar

The Japanese green tea powder turned NYC viridescent this year. Williamsburg's MatchaBar expanded to Chelsea, Chalait brought upscale matcha treats to the West Village and the ceremonial caffeinated tea was added to cafe and pastry menus around the city. Even Four & Twenty Blackbirds teamed up with Ippodo Team to make their matcha custard pie.

Fried chicken sandwiches

Fried chicken is always popular but the fried
Photo Credit: Georgia Kral

Fried chicken is always popular but the fried chicken sandwich ruled the coop in 2015. From Fuku to Shake Shack, the whole city caught the (bird) bug. We compared all the fried chicken sandwiches. Check it out amny.com/eat-and-drink

Upscale and "healthy" food delivery

Several new delivery services launched this year offering
Photo Credit: Munchery

Several new delivery services launched this year offering fully-cooked, well-rounded lunches and dinners with a focus on fresh -- and easy. From David Chang's Maple to Munchery to GoodMeal, healthy delivery is a trend that has flourished.

Crazy pizza toppings

Plain cheese pizza?! SOOOOO 2014. Of course, we'll
Photo Credit: GG's

Plain cheese pizza?! SOOOOO 2014. Of course, we'll still eat it, but 2015 was the year pizza toppings got really, really crazy. From GG's to Bruno to Prova, all three of which opened this year, pies came topped with uni (Prova), ranch dressing (Bruno), smoked Gouda and sunchokes (pictured, GG's) and peaches (Bruno). Boundary-pushing dishes have been the thing for some time, so why not pizza? The sky's the limit.

Quirky edible mash-ups

Following the success of summer 2013's Cronut (trademarked),
Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz

Following the success of summer 2013's Cronut (trademarked), chefs around the city have been trying to create the next major food mash-up sensation. Though nothing has yet to create the stir made by the Cronut -- which has customers lining up along Houston Street every morning -- we saw plenty of unique creations, from doughnut BBQ sandwiches to mac and cheese cheeseburgers tempt New Yorkers this year. And yes, the ramen burger is also still a thing.

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