Photos by Michael Marmora, food styling by Whitney Tressel
Instagram has become a veritable mecca of food porn, where amateur (and sometimes professional) photogs fire up their smartphones and battle it out for 'likes.' And 2015 was full of photo-ready viral dishes that filled up your feed all day long. In taking a playful look back, we've put together the Internet's most Instagrammable table, including 12 of the hottest dishes in the Big Apple from the past year. We'll be posting new ones every day until the end of 2015, so stay glued to our Instagram channel for each big reveal. Below, here are a few that we've unveiled thusfar; keep checking Instagram to see the rest of the table over the next few days. And go behind the scenes of our shoot here.
Donuts at Underwest Donuts
Artisanal donuts inside a car wash? Only in NYC. Earlier this year we paid a visit to this fried-dough shop located in Hell's Kitchen run by chef Scott Levine. Here you'll only find old-school cake donuts in either sugared or glazed varieties including maple waffle, mint chocolate pretzel and brown butter.
Fried chicken sandwich at Fuku
David Chang's first-ever fast-casual concept Fuku opened with a bang, announcing its debut on Instagram and subsequently serving up habanero-marinated fried chicken thigh sandwiches that were a viral sensation. Subsequently, Chang has opened Fuku+ on the ground floor of the Chambers Hotel where guests can enjoy his chicken large-format by ordering up a package, or even as Fuku Fingers.
Korean-fried broccoli at Dirt Candy
Amanda Cohen reopened her glorious mecca to elevated veggie cuisine this February in a much larger LES space to the delight of her longtime followers. But the restaurant has attracted throngs of hungry newcomers as well thanks to a new, more casual and expanded menu with dishes like the gochujang-fried Korean broccoli ($6) — described as "crack in broccoli form" and they're not kidding. The crispy broccoli fried Korean-style is glazed in the spicy Korean chile paste and yogurt and topped with scallions. Trust us, you'll be begging for a second helping.
Dominique Ansel Cinnamon Spun Roll at Dominique Ansel Kitchen
Made from one long thread of pastry perfection, this Apple Jack frosting–topped treat drew lines outside of Cronut creator Dominique Ansel's newest shop, Dominique Ansel Kitchen, when it debuted this fall in the West Village. And of course, that meant plenty of Instagrams too.
Veggie burger at By CHLOE
One of the year's most unlikely hit restaurants was this vegan fast-casual spot located in Greenwich Village from cookbook author Chloe Coscarelli. Among its signatures is the veggie burger, made with a mixture of tempeh, lentils, chia seeds and walnuts and topped with pickles, onion, beet ketchup and a special sauce. We deemed it the best in our veggie burger smackdown in early September, even beating out the popular Superiority Burger.
Donut burger at PYT
Crazy burger wizard Tommy Up brought his Philly sensation to NYC this fall, and with it came a whole new crop of zany combos including this burger topped with chocolate-dipped bacon wedged between two donut buns. Check out a look inside PYT and its burgers here.