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Google food searches: What New Yorkers most needed to know over the past year

When it comes to seeking out food online, New Yorkers opt for Chinese food and pizza above all else.

That’s perhaps not surprising to anyone who knows this city, where pizza and Chinese joints seem to line every block. But quinoa? Meatloaf? Banana bread? Those are some of the perhaps more offbeat findings on Google’s list of the top food-related searches in NYC over the past year, which the search giant is releasing Tuesday./

Stephanie Arnold, editor of the food blog NYCtastes, says city foodies are adventurous online, always seeking out new spins on their favorite foods. “These days, you have more resources you can get stuff online and look at videos online for step to step directions,” she said. 

Some New Yorkers said Google is a backup, but nothing more, when it comes to finding a place to eat. “I already know where the best Mexican food is,” said Aaron Nunez, 26, of the Bronx. These are the city’s top searches.

1. Chinese food

Fact: Most New Yorkers can Google Chinese food
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Fact: Most New Yorkers can Google Chinese food faster than they can eat out of a carton of fried rice with chopsticks. From Mission Chinese to old school Chinatown dim sum to Flushing's street food, there's plenty of amazing Chinese food in NYC!

2. Pizza

In 2015, pizza comes after Chinese food in
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3. Quinoa

Ancient grains are so trendy right now. Quinoa
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Ancient grains are so trendy right now. Quinoa was the third most popular food searched by New Yorkers this year.

4. Salad

After gorging on Chinese food and pizza, some
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5. Chicken

2015 brought peak chicken season to NYC! From
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6. Pancakes

Sweet or savory is the hardest brunch choice,
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7. Sushi

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Sushi with your girls (or whomever) never goes out of style.

8. Meatloaf

Ok, this one is just confusing. You can
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Ok, this one is just confusing. You can get it at a diner, but is meatloaf the next big NYC food trend?

9. Banana bread

Another stumper, we're getting ready to see more
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Another stumper, we're getting ready to see more trendy banana bread for 2016, apparently.

10. Lasagna

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