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Ramp season is here: Where to find them in NYC

Allium tricoccum (commonly known as ramp) hysteria starts now.

Wild leeks, or ramps, start showing up at farmers' markets and high-end grocery stores in early spring. Over the past handful of years, the ramp has taken on an almost ungodly place in the mind of locavores and foodies. It's been hailed as the true symbol of spring: the antidote to a long winter eating root vegetables. Ramps grow wild in rural, fertile areas, along riverbanks and in woods with moist soil.

In NYC, local ramps (from New York, New Jersey or Pennsylvania) have yet to appear, but ramps from further south and even California are on the menus of some hot restaurants already. You can also find them at Eataly.

And if you want the full ramp experience, head to Hudson, N.Y. on May 2 for the fifth annual Ramp Fest. Chefs from NYC and the Hudson Valley will be preparing dishes with ramps for tasting. This is a great experience to learn about the wild vegetable and eat it, too.

The Little Prince has ramp gnocchi on the menu

Chef Matt Conroy is working with ramps in
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Chef Matt Conroy is working with ramps in a unique way. He made gnocchi with them! The dish comes with Guanciale, Comte cheese and an egg yolk. (Note: this is a special and may not be on the menu every night. 199 Prince St., 212-335-0566, littleprincesoho.com

Marc Murphy's Kingside has ramp scampi on the menu

This is a luscious, over-the-top dish. Ramp scampi
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This is a luscious, over-the-top dish. Ramp scampi on toast is served with butter-wilted rmaps, ramp puree, lemon and Maine uni. "Ramps are an amazing combination of garlic and onion with a hint of earthiness and for me, they are extremely exciting to cook with," Chef Murphy said. "My current ramp favorites are ramp butter and ramp pesto: two preparations that allow the complex flavors to shine." $18. 124 W. 57th St., kingside-restaurant.com

All'onda special: ramen with ramps

West Village favorite All'onda serves a mean ramen
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West Village favorite All'onda serves a mean ramen everyday. But this special take on ramen, served mazeman-style with charred ramps, garlic, Parmesan dashi and spicy breadcrumbs is a little bit genius. We've never had a ramp served like this, and we're inspired. 22 E. 13th St., 212-231-2236, allondanyc.com

Craftbar has ramps

These are ramps straight-up. Sauteed. Delicious. 900 Broadway,
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These are ramps straight-up. Sauteed. Delicious. 900 Broadway, 212-461-4300, craftrestaurantsinc.com

More ramp dishes in NYC (call to confirm!)

Housemade farfalle with ramps, baby carrots, favas, tomatoes and saison cream sauce at Perilla, 9 Jones St., 212-929-6868, perillanyc.com

White asparagus with ramps and meyer lemon, Wassail, 162 Orchard St., 646-918-6825, wassailnyc.com

Eataly has ramps in its produce section

For an early taste of ramps, head to
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For an early taste of ramps, head to Eataly for a bunch. (We can't promise they will be in stock. Try calling first if it's a trek for you to get there.) 200 Fifth Ave., 212-229-2560, eataly.com/nyc

Ramp Fest Hudson

Go wild on ramps at the fifth annual
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Go wild on ramps at the fifth annual Ramp Fest Hudson on May 2. Chefs/ restaurants participating this year include: Zak Pelaccio (Fish & Game), Jeff Gimmel (Swoon Kitchenbar), Job Yuccubian (The Farmers Wide), The Heath and Gallow Green at the McKittrick Hotel, Hugh Horner (Helsinki Hudson) and Justin Bazdarich (Speedy Romeo).

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