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National Pretzel Day's twisted delights in NYC

Salted, sweet and sometimes spicy, the soft-baked pretzel is undeniably a staple snack in New York City.

New Yorkers have been enjoying the doughy treat long before food carts made them ubiquitous.

"No one knows how and when they got to Gotham originally, but almost certainly they came in the early 1700s by way of Pennsylvania," said David Rosengarten, author of "It's All American Food: The Best Recipes for More than 400 New American Classics." "Nevertheless, the pretzel holds significance to New Yorkers. For some reason, pretzels are a source of pride."

Whether during a ball game, from a street cart or at a sit-down restaurant, our (soft) spot for the snack will not subside. To satisfy a craving for the twisted carb, check out these spots for savory, sugary and specially-made pretzel plates in celebration of National Pretzel Day this Saturday.

Cretzel

Can't decide between a breakfast pastry and a
Photo Credit: Breads Bakery

Can't decide between a breakfast pastry and a soft pretzel? Now you don't have to. Made on-site daily with croissant dough, this flaky and buttery fusion from the cronut school of baked goods is twisted and topped with sesame seeds. Pulling it apart is half the fun. $5; Breads Bakery, 18 E. 16th St., 212-633-2253, breadsbakery.com

Prime Burger Sliders

Even if the Bronx Bombers are, well, bombing,
Photo Credit: NYY Steak / Alex Kroke

Even if the Bronx Bombers are, well, bombing, you can find a home run meal at the midtown location of the Yankees Stadium restaurant. This isn't your typical ballpark pretzel; onion jam, potato strings and dry-aged steak, held together between an ideally salted pretzel roll topped with aged gouda, make this an all-star item on the bar menu. $15; NYY Steak, 7 W. 51st St. 646-307-7910, nyysteak.com/manhattan

Sticky's Finger Joint

This chicken finger is like no other. Made
Photo Credit: Sticky's Finger Joint

This chicken finger is like no other. Made with buttermilk and maple syrup and coated in crunchy crushed pretzels and panko bread crumbs, it's topped off with salted caramel sauce and garnished with pretzel stick and pretzel salt. Served all day, the savory and sweet snack is paired with Sticky Sauce -- the restaurant's version of Alabama BBQ sauce. $4 for 1 piece, $11 for 3; Sticky's Finger Joint, 31 W. 8th St., 212-777-7131, stickysfingerjoint.com

Cannibal pretzel

Among the ramen, burgers and sandwiches at Gotham
Photo Credit: Instagram / Gotham West Market

Among the ramen, burgers and sandwiches at Gotham Market, a bread-and-dip duo has diners pulling up chairs to chow down. Chef Francis Derby's house-made soft pretzel is sprinkled with flaky sea salt and served alongside a tangy mustard cheddar dipping sauce for a perfect pairing. $6; The Cannibal, 600 11th Ave., 212-582-7940, gothamwestmarket.com

Herb Pretzel Crusted Pork Loin

Try not to salivate over this dinner item.
Photo Credit: KTCHN

Try not to salivate over this dinner item. The herb-pretzel-crusted pork loin is served over a parsnip puree with sautéed kale and finished with hazelnut foam. Be forewarned: the large-windowed space in midtown may inspire pedestrians to stare at the plate with envy. $29; KTCHN Restaurant, 508 W. 42nd St., 212-868-2999, ktchnnyc.com

Hospoda's pretzel bun with beef tartare

Beef tartare is generally reserved for a fancier
Photo Credit: Hospada / Paul Wagtouicz

Beef tartare is generally reserved for a fancier feast, but Chef René Stein serves his on a pretzel bun for a more fun and casual plate. That's not all -- the first-course dinner menu item comes with chive mayonnaise and egg yolk cream and is topped with sea salt. $18; Hospoda, 321 E. 73rd St., 212-861-1038, hospodanyc.com

Butter Pretzel Whoopie Pie

For a bite-sized snack, look no further than
Photo Credit: Batter & Cream's

For a bite-sized snack, look no further than this 2-inch whoopie pie. The chocolate cake in this refined comfort food sandwiches a crunchy peanut butter-pretzel filling, resulting in salty-sweet perfection. Find it online, as well as at such foodie destinations as Smorgasburg. $8 for a 5-pack of mini whoopies; Batter & Cream, batterandcream.com

OMAR's La Ranita's cheese cake pretzel bites

This after-dinner delicacy fuses two New York favorites:
Photo Credit: OMAR's La Ranita

This after-dinner delicacy fuses two New York favorites: cheesecake and pretzels. The dessert menu's stand-out sweet is just as delicious as it sounds: bite-sized cheesecake clusters with chunks of pretzel. $10; OMAR's La Ranita, 21 W. 9th St., 212-677-5242, omar-nyc.com

The Don't Get It Twisted at Burning Waters Cantina

Drink to National Pretzel Day with this specialty
Photo Credit: Burning Waters Cantina

Drink to National Pretzel Day with this specialty cocktail, which mixes Caliche Rum, Faretti Biscotti liqueur, fresh squeezed and strained lime juice, simple syrup and pretzel salt, with a mini pretzel for garnish. Pretzels are always in season, but the chilled and shaken drink is only available until the end of April. $14; Burning Waters Cantina,116 Macdougal St., 646-707-0078, facebook.com/bwcantina

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