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Celebrate May Food Holidays in NYC

What do May flowers bring? More food!

It's National Hamburger Month but we're celebrating different foods each day -- from raspberry tarts to escargot to grape popsicles and mint juleps, we're ready to eat every day in May!

May 2: National Truffle Day

Sweet or savory is the question today. If
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Sweet or savory is the question today. If you're in favor of chocolate truffles, pick some up at Francois Payard or try our step-by-step recipe to create them yourself! If you're up for savory truffles, try the truffle and foie gras chicken at The Nomad, Umami Burger's truffle burger or freshly shaved truffles on Cafe Fiorello's scallops.

May 3: National Raspberry Tart Day

Celebrate sweet spring fruits from New York's great
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Celebrate sweet spring fruits from New York's great pastry shops. Pick up a raspberry tart from Mille Feuille, Bouchon Bakery or even the bakery counter at Dean & Deluca.

May 4: National Orange Juice Day

Celebrate OJ on its special day! Pick up
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Celebrate OJ on its special day! Pick up a cup of freshly squeezed juice from Juicy Lucy Juice Bar, Melvin's Juice Box, Liquiteria or Juice Generation.

May 5: National Enchilada Day

Feliz Cinco de Mayo! Celebrate with a plate
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Feliz Cinco de Mayo! Celebrate with a plate of hot enchiladas. Grab the stuffed tortillas at your local Mexican joint or seek out the dish at Tulcingo del Valle, Rosa Mexicano and Añejo in Manhattan or head to Queens for Taqueria Coatzingo in Elmhurst and Tortilleria Nixtamal in Corona.

May 6: National No Diet Day

Today's the day to go off your diet
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Today's the day to go off your diet -- any diet! Make today the ultimate cheat day with some of our favorite munchies in NYC. Nugget nachos, birthday bagels, mac and cheese with sloppy Joes... you can have it all.

May 8: National Empanada Day

You can celebrate all day at Empanada Mama!
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You can celebrate all day at Empanada Mama! This 24-hour-restaurant serves dozens of flavors of empanadas from cheeseburger to tuna jalapeño to chicken and broccoli teriyaki to Greek spinach pie! We bet even if you celebrate all day you won't be able to taste them all!

May 10: National Shrimp Day

Celebrate all that is shrimpy today! Enjoy some

Celebrate all that is shrimpy today! Enjoy some crisp coconut shrimp from LoLo's Seafood Shack, jumbo shrimp cocktail from a steakhouse like Mastro's or seafood spot like The Wayfarer. If you want to cook some shrimp at home, pick up a pound from one of NYC's best fish markets.

May 11: National Eat What You Want Day

See: National No Diet Day (May 6). Eat
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See: National No Diet Day (May 6). Eat everything you want today! Perhaps try some of NYC's weirdest ice cream flavors? It's also National Mocha Torte Day, so eat that too if you want.

May 14: National Buttermilk Biscuit Day

Celebrate with a biscuit sandwich at biscuit-themed restaurants
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Celebrate with a biscuit sandwich at biscuit-themed restaurants Beehive Oven or Empire Biscuit. You could also make your own with our recipe from Egg in Williamsburg.

May 15: National Chocolate Chip Day

Celebrate today with New York's best quarter-pounder: a
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Celebrate today with New York's best quarter-pounder: a hefty chocolate chip and walnut cookie from Levain Bakery. Another good way to celebrate: a scoop of chocolate chip peppermint at Davey's Ice Cream.

May 20: National Quiche Lorraine Day

There are so many French foods to celebrate
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There are so many French foods to celebrate this month! Enjoy the traditional ham and cheese quiche at French restaurants like Cafe Henri, Maison Kayser or Le Gamin.

May 21: National Waitstaff Day

If you're eating out, be especially nice to
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If you're eating out, be especially nice to your server today! We're talking manners, a little bit of an extra tip and as much friendliness as you can offer to the people who make restaurants what they are in NYC.

May 23: National Taffy Day

Celebrate this sticky day with the only saltwater
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Celebrate this sticky day with the only saltwater taffy made in NYC: The Salty Road. This Brooklyn-based candy can be found at specialty food markets around the city or ordered online. In flavors like salted caramel, peppermint and mango lassi, you're going to want to stock up.

May 24: National Escargot Day

Celebrate the day of edible snail! If you've
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Celebrate the day of edible snail! If you've never had escargot before, the ravioles de royan, or "royal ravioli", at Bistro Chat Noir are topped with imported escargot doused in a rich pesto, coating the snail meat in a delectable disguise of creamy sauce. More seasoned escargot afficionados may enjoy the escargot in puff pastry at new French spot La Gauloise.

May 26: National Blueberry Cheesecake Day

If you haven't yet, or just can't stop,
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If you haven't yet, or just can't stop, head to Breads Bakery to celebrate their Cheesecake Month! You could also grab cheesecake at the Brooklyn favorite, Junior's!

May 27: National Grape Popsicle Day

Cool down with a sweet treat from People's
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Cool down with a sweet treat from People's Pops today.

May 28: National Hamburger Day

May is actually National Hamburger Month, so hopefully
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May is actually National Hamburger Month, so hopefully you've been celebrating for 28 days already. Use today to try a new style of burger, be it a a rice burger from Yonekichi, a ramen burger or just one of our top NYC burgers.

May 30: National Mint Julep Day

The Kentucky Derby has galloped past but there's
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The Kentucky Derby has galloped past but there's no reason not to celebrate this refreshing drink today! Visit Maison Premiere, Pounds and Ounces or Moonlight Mile for their stellar juleps or make your own with our recipes.

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