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Fusion food heads in a new, inspired direction in NYC

French-Japanese? New England-Carribbean? The cronut isn't the only mash-up worth trying in NYC.

While pan-Asian (read: mediocre sushi and stir fry) restaurants seem to be on almost every city corner, New York City is embracing new fusion combinations that experiment with unique ingredient combinations, flavors and dishes unlike we've seen before.

From steamed chorizo and chicken dumplings to grilled duck meatballs with miso mustard, we're excited to try even more outstanding creations new to the fusion scene.

Mix it up and check out one of NYC's new fusion phenomenons.

Tasca Chino

Perfectly uniting the small-plates cuisine of China's
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Perfectly uniting the small-plates cuisine of China's dim sum and Spain's tapas is Tasca Chino, which opened in April 2015.

The extensive menu features fusion creations like steamed chorizo dumplings, braised pork belly with moro y cristiano ponzu glaze and the classic patatas bravas with Sichuan pepper aioli. On the larger side are excellent noodle dishes, like the steamed lobster sorba in a homemade soy milk broth that has just a slight kick of Spanish spice. Two paellas, cooked traditionally but enhanced with ingredients like curry and edamame, should not be missed.

On the sweeter side, Tasca Chino has a slew of patisserie-style Asian desserts, like the oh so Instagrammable coconut yuzu bubble tea float topped with raspberry cotton candy.

Housed in a former Sushi Samba space, Samantha Jones won't be throwing any cocktails here-- though the ambiance is certainly trendy enough. Tasca Chino gives a new, refined flavor to New York's fusion menus.

245 Park Avenue S., 212-335-2220, tascachino.com

LoLo's Seafood Shack

Cape Cod meets Caribbean at this island-themed
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Cape Cod meets Caribbean at this island-themed restaurant. Owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Leticia Young (who goes by Skai, greeting diners with hugs) and chef Raymond Mohan, formerly of Coffee Shop.

On the menu: plenty of fish. Crispy and flavorful conch fritters, coconut shrimp and fried smelt fish over garlic fries subtly combine New England and tropical flavors. Steam pots, featuring shrimp, crawfish or crab legs, all to be dissected by diner's rubber-gloved hands and enjoyed in buttery, gingery or spicy sauces are the fusion star here. A side of dutty rice and a can of Jamaican soda brings the meal totally across the ocean, though it's all enjoyable in a Harlem backyard!

303 W. 116th St., 646-649-3356, lolosseafoodshack.com

Bara

Classic French cuisine and Japanese Izakaya get
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Classic French cuisine and Japanese Izakaya get a touch of East Village flavor at this new fusion restaurant by chef Ian Alvarez. Formerly of Momofuku and French Louie, Alvarez took his skillset and applied it all to one menu, creating dishes like grilled duck meatballs with miso mustard, buckwheat noodle with braised oxtail, snow pea leaves, pistou, shaved bottarga and one of our favorite fried chickens in NYC.

In the dim, romantic candlelight, you're here to enjoy shared plates, large portions of fish, meat and plenty of sake or French wine to chase it all down.

58 E. First St., 917-639-3197, bararestaurantnyc.com

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