Bizarre Foods America: NYC Overnight Pictures

Andrew Zimmern stays up all night in the city that never sleeps to uncover the secrets to feeding hungry New Yorkers. From the best places to grab a late night meal, to the markets and bakeries.

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Andrew Zimmern samples pilot fish
Andrew Zimmern samples pilot fish

Andrew Zimmern samples pilot fish

This is the last morsel of a pilot fish that I caught from a kayak in Brooklyn's Jamaica Bay. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern holds Grimaldi's world-famous pizza

Andrew Zimmern holds Grimaldi's world-famous pizza

I had to beg for a 5-minute break just to sit on a stoop to eat a few slices of Grimaldi's world-famous pizza. 960 1280

  

pastrami sandwich from Mile End Deli in Brooklyn

pastrami sandwich from Mile End Deli in Brooklyn

This is a pastrami sandwich from Mile End Deli in Brooklyn. I think it's one of the best sandwiches on planet Earth. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern speaks with Noah Bernamoff of Mile End Deli

Andrew Zimmern speaks with Noah Bernamoff of Mile End Deli

Noah Bernamoff, the genius behind Brooklyn's Mile End Deli, as we discuss the art of smoking meat. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern looks at fermented grains in David Chang's secret laboratory in New York City

Andrew Zimmern looks at fermented grains in David Chang's secret laboratory in New York City

I stood in stunned amazement while marveling at various fermented grains created by product development chief Ryan Miller in the Brooklyn laboratory established by chef David Chang. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern at the Kombucha Brooklyn warehouse

Andrew Zimmern at the Kombucha Brooklyn warehouse

Here I am feeding tea to the bacteria cultures being farmed for do-it-yourself, mail-order kombucha kits in a Brooklyn warehouse with Eric Childs, who is the founder of Kombucha Brooklyn. 960 1280

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Andrew Zimmern holds SCOBY at Kombucha Brooklyn

Andrew Zimmern holds SCOBY at Kombucha Brooklyn

This is a "mother" SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) culture growing a "baby" in a jar at Kombucha Brooklyn. 960 1280

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Andrew Zimmern eats SCOBY at Kombucha Brooklyn

Andrew Zimmern eats SCOBY at Kombucha Brooklyn

I'm eating a SCOBY used for growing bacteria cultures to make kombucha at Kombucha Brooklyn. It's delicious and a hyper-sustainable food. 960 1280

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Andrew Zimmern slices SCOBY at Kombucha Brooklyn

Andrew Zimmern slices SCOBY at Kombucha Brooklyn

This is me slicing up a SCOBY. The implications for using bacteria like this to create food are awe-inspiring. 960 1280

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Deep-fried SCOBY at Kombucha Brooklyn

Deep-fried SCOBY at Kombucha Brooklyn

Strips of SCOBY can be deep-fried, like a vegan tempura. 960 1280

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Andrew Zimmern samples SCOBY Miso Soup at Kombucha Brooklyn

Andrew Zimmern samples SCOBY Miso Soup at Kombucha Brooklyn

This is miso soup loaded with SCOBY previously used for making kombucha at Kombucha Brooklyn. Instead of being thrown away, it can be eaten. 960 1280

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Andrew Zimmern with fish fat on his fingers at Shelsky's in Brooklyn

Andrew Zimmern with fish fat on his fingers at Shelsky's in Brooklyn

That's fish fat sticking to my fingers after I crushed the salmon bacon made by Peter Shelsky at Shelsky's in Brooklyn. 960 1280

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Andrew Zimmern on the Brooklyn Bridge

Andrew Zimmern on the Brooklyn Bridge

Here I am on the Brooklyn Bridge, with Manhattan behind me. 960 1280

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Andrew Zimmern takes a break in Brooklyn

Andrew Zimmern takes a break in Brooklyn

Taking 5 on a Brooklyn stoop after a long day of work. 960 1280

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Andrew Zimmern slices fluke from Brooklyn's Jamaica Bay

Andrew Zimmern slices fluke from Brooklyn's Jamaica Bay

Slicing fluke pulled from Brooklyn's Jamaica Bay and preparing to eat it raw. 960 1280

  

Fluke fish tacos with fluke liver simmer on the grill in Brooklyn NY

Fluke fish tacos with fluke liver simmer on the grill in Brooklyn NY

Fresh fish tacos made with sea robins we caught in Brooklyn's Jamaica Bay and a smear of fluke liver. 960 1280

  

Plate of raw fluke in Brooklyn

Plate of raw fluke in Brooklyn

A plate of raw fluke, served with fresh vegetables, at a shore lunch that chef Jacques Gautier made for me after our Jamaica Bay fishing expedition. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern holds a massive roll of provolone cheese in Brooklyn

Andrew Zimmern holds a massive roll of provolone cheese in Brooklyn

Me with a small chunk of provolone leaving Faicco's in Brooklyn. 960 1280

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Walking on the Brooklyn Bridge overpass and bike way, looking towards Manhattan. 960 1280

  

A young traveler visiting the Statue of Liberty looks through binoculars towards downtown Manhattan. 960 1280

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Two young men walk towards the Bethesda Terrace in Central Park. 960 1280

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NYC taxicabs race through the bustle of brightly lit Times Square. 960 1280

  

Couples enjoy boat rides on the lake in Central Park. 960 1280

  

Snapshot of the New York City skyline with the Empire State Building on the right. 960 1280

  

An "N" express subway train pulls into the 34th Street Herald Square Station. 960 1280

  

A stunning view of the Statue of Liberty on a clear day. 960 1280

  

Sunset over the Williamsburg Bridge from Brooklyn, NY. 960 1280

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Roosevelt Island Tram departs Manhattan back to its base, over the East River. 960 1280

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Andrew works undercover as a waiter at The Meatball Shop on Stanton Street in NYC. 960 1280

  

Andrew enjoys the smell of handmade lobster burata at Marea, one of NYC's finest restaurants. 960 1280

  

This tasty dish of lobster burata is one of Marea's signature dishes. 960 1280

  

The Bizarre Foods crew films a couple shots of NYC's busy Times Square. 960 1280

  

Andrew can't resist an aged prime steak from LaFrieda's. 960 1280

  

Andrew carefully picks up a durian fruit at a Chinatown market. 960 1280

  

A tray of fresh figs wait to be turned into a delicacy at Marea's restaurant. 960 1280

  

This is definitely not the right wig for Andrew's undercover kitchen mission. 960 1280

  

Andrew poses in disguise before he waits tables at The Meatball Shop. 960 1280

  

Andrew gets a lesson in butchering sirloin from Pat LaFrieda at his butcher shop, Wholesale Meat Purveyors. 960 1280

  

Take a trip to Chinatown to pick up a variety of fresh seafood at a local fish market. 960 1280

  

Andrew learns how to slice sirloin from the bone. 960 1280

  

Octopus fusilli with bone marrow is one of many dishes Andrew had to prepare at Marea Restaurant in NYC. 960 1280

  

Andrew talks beef with Pat LaFrieda in New Jersey. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern with suckling pig

Andrew Zimmern with suckling pig

Andrew Zimmern acquaints himself with a fresh suckling pig before it hits the oven at Muncan Food Corporation, in Queens, NY. 960 1280

  

Deep-fried cod, a Bukharian dish

Deep-fried cod, a Bukharian dish

Deep-fried female cod is part of a traditional Bukharian feast in Rego Park, in Queens, NY. This dish traveled to Queens with Burkharian Jews from Central Asia. 960 1280

  

Andrew samples authentic Bukharian bread

Andrew samples authentic Bukharian bread

Andrew samples authentic Bukharian bread with the owners of Rokhat Kosher Bakery in Rego Park, Queens. 960 1280

  

Buffalo chicken feet at M. Wells Diner

Buffalo chicken feet at M. Wells Diner

Andrew says the buffalo chicken feet with maple syrup and pickled celery, prepared by chef Hugue Dufour, at M. Wells Dinette in Long Island City, NY, is spectacular. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimern at Muncan Food Corporation

Andrew Zimern at Muncan Food Corporation

The craft of Romanian meat handling has been passed down over 3 generations at Muncan Food Corporation. Andrew chats with 2 of the 3 generations running the Queens institution. 960 1280

  

Beef tongue at Phayul

Beef tongue at Phayul

Beef tongue and fresh chilies from Phayul, a Tibetan restaurant in Jackson Heights, Queens. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern at Golden Shopping Mall

Andrew Zimmern at Golden Shopping Mall

Andrew has a passion for Chinese food, so he was happy to taste these dumplings at the Golden Shopping Mall in Flushing, NY, known for its authentic Asian fare. 960 1280

  

bone marrow soup at Golden Shopping Mall

bone marrow soup at Golden Shopping Mall

A steaming bowl of bone marrow soup at the Golden Shopping Mall. 960 1280

  

Nepalese appetizers at Tawa Food

Nepalese appetizers at Tawa Food

Tiny Nepalese appetizers on display at Tawa Food, a hidden gem in Jackson Heights, Queens. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern with Lingbo Li

Andrew Zimmern with Lingbo Li

Andrew Zimmern catches up with food blogger Lingbo Li on a food tour through Flushing's Chinese neighborhoods. 960 1280

  

Mung bean jelly at Fu Run restaurant

Mung bean jelly at Fu Run restaurant

A plate of mung bean jelly, an Asian noodle dish, at Fu Run restaurant in Flushing, Queens. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern poses with cops in Queens

Andrew Zimmern poses with cops in Queens

Andrew poses with the proud men and women working the beat in Corona, Queens. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern with Jason Wang at Xi'an Famous Foods

Andrew Zimmern with Jason Wang at Xi'an Famous Foods

Andrew Zimmern and Jason Wang of Xi'an Famous Foods sample the restaurant's newest creation – super-thin, very long longevity noodles. 960 1280

  

Fresh lamb at Xi'an Famous Foods

Fresh lamb at Xi'an Famous Foods

This fresh lamb will be transformed by the genius cooking taking place at Xi'an Famous Foods in New York. 960 1280

  

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Walking on the Brooklyn Bridge overpass and bike way, looking towards Manhattan. 960 1280

  

A young traveler visiting the Statue of Liberty looks through binoculars towards downtown Manhattan. 960 1280

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Two young men walk towards the Bethesda Terrace in Central Park. 960 1280

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NYC taxicabs race through the bustle of brightly lit Times Square. 960 1280

  

Couples enjoy boat rides on the lake in Central Park. 960 1280

  

Snapshot of the New York City skyline with the Empire State Building on the right. 960 1280

  

An "N" express subway train pulls into the 34th Street Herald Square Station. 960 1280

  

A stunning view of the Statue of Liberty on a clear day. 960 1280

  

Sunset over the Williamsburg Bridge from Brooklyn, NY. 960 1280

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Roosevelt Island Tram departs Manhattan back to its base, over the East River. 960 1280

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