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NYC food mash-ups 2015

No one food ruled the plates this year!

From doughnut sandwiches to Chinese-inspired Spanish cuisine, from salty to sweet and everything in between, almost everything edible mashed together in 2015.

Take a look back at the year in tasty mash-ups.

Cupcarons

In March, Baked by Melissa debuted a sweet
Photo Credit: Baked by Melissa

In March, Baked by Melissa debuted a sweet combination of two beloved treats: cupcakes and macarons! Cupcarons were a limited-time delicacy, but we're hoping they'll be back!

Taco dumplings

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, the Mimi
Photo Credit: Mimi Cheng's

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, the Mimi Cheng's monthly special was a dumpling we could really eat all year round: taco! The East Village dumpling eatery created a beef-stuffed dumpling drizzled with homemade lime crema and served with crisp radish slices and fresh pico de gallo, available boiled or fried only during the month of May.

Pizza pizza

Cheese pizza mashed up with itself for double
Photo Credit: vinniesbrooklyn via Instagram

Cheese pizza mashed up with itself for double the pleasure at Vinnie's Pizzeria in Williamsburg in May. The special, regular-size pie was topped with small slices from a more petite pizza, adhered atop the slice with extra gooey cheese.

Doughnut sandwiches

This summer, the meaty doughnut sandwich was everything
Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz

This summer, the meaty doughnut sandwich was everything you could want plus a pink umbrella on top. Jicama California Street Food at Penn Plates and Kimchi Smoke Barbecue at Smorgasburg Queens rolled out these greasy, sweet, salty and meaty pleasures just in time for bikini season.

Soft-shell crab BLT

LoLo's Seafood Shack, which started fusing Caribbean and
Photo Credit: LoLo's Seafood Shack

LoLo's Seafood Shack, which started fusing Caribbean and Cape Cod flavors in 2014, debuted plenty of creative and tasty mash-ups to New York this year. A favorite: the Soft Shell Crab BLT. Served on a homemade Johnny Cake (cornmeal flatbread), this bacon, pickled cabbage and tomato sandwich is enhanced by a crunchy fried crab.

Banana pudding cupcakes

In August we declared banana pudding cupcakes the
Photo Credit: Magnolia Bakery

In August we declared banana pudding cupcakes the only dessert mash-up we may ever need, and we'll stand by that. For a short while, Magnolia Bakery made the decision between their two most popular desserts easier than ever -- serving the two sweets mashed up in one. Sweet, cakey and banana-flavored, we're ready for these to come back.

Dim sum tapas

Two different cuisines, one big concept: small plates!
Photo Credit: Tasca Chino

Two different cuisines, one big concept: small plates! Tasca Chino mashed up the two cultures this year, with fusion dim sum tapas like serrano ham and tiger prawn dumplings and garbanzo frito with kimchi.

Macaroni and Cheese Grilled Cheese

New York Macaroni Company really enhanced the cheese
Photo Credit: New York Macaroni Co.

New York Macaroni Company really enhanced the cheese in grilled cheese -- with macaroni! The Macwich is made with two slices of Texas Toast packed with the Build-Your-Own-Mac of your own design. Cheddars like black truffle or sambal chili pepper, veggies (roasted bella mushrooms, sauteed broccoli) and meats (spicy Italian sausage, pot-boiled crawfish) and are all mixed to order and then grilled for optimal meltiness.

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