The Hottest Food Trends in 2018, According to NYC Restaurants

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Each year seems to be increasingly marked by distinct trends that set it apart from the previous one — whether it be cultural, fashion-focused, or foodie trends. Whole Foods, the BBC and more experts have made their predictions for 2018, which include many items we’re already seeing on Instagram and in restaurants everywhere. Being the cultural mecca that it is, New York City has been ahead of the curve with expert-predicted trends popping up all throughout 2017, with more goodness to come. Curious what and where will be taking over our feeds this year? Read on for the food trends we’re excited about for 2018.

While many of us have dabbled in plant-based eating since the emergence of by CHLOE. in 2015, next year it’s really going mainstream. 2017-opened Jajaja and abcV made us rethink our tacos al pastor and T-bones for vegan nachos and cauliflower steaks. This month, Matthew Kenney’s brand new XYST is offering a taste of the botanical fine-dining we can expect in the future.

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Coffee has had its moment, and matcha’s time in the spotlight may be waning now, too, ushering in a new era of ultra-functional drinks and wellness lattes. In 2018, your caffeine run will be replaced by a trip to the modern-day apothecary, such as The Good Sort or Chillhouse (whose wellness powders are already flying off the shelves). These naturally-derived tonics target all your needs, from the afternoon slump to skin that’s crying out for a glowed-up boost.

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No, we’re not talking Atkins’ Diet-style strictness. Popularized in part by paleo and keto eating styles, substitutions for our favorite grains are popping up everywhere. Thankfully, you no longer have to spiralize sad zucchini noodles for one, with hotspots like The Sosta and Springbone offering the green veggie as an option in their delicious yet hearty cuisines. In the mood for rice, without the guilt? Recently-opened Bondi Sushi is rolling us into 2018 with the lighter option of cauliflower rice.

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Even though some of us are not the biggest fans of cooking, we (like many of you) like knowing what’s in our food. Well, we’ve asked, and now restaurant chefs are listening. Transparency tops the menu everywhere from fast-casual Sweetgreen that started it all, to more eateries like Fairfax and L’estudio that invite you to enjoy seasonal fare.

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2018 predicts our cravings will drift east, with an upswing in Mediterranean, Moroccan, and Asian cuisines. With endless new Ramen, sushi and poke spots opening up right and left (and our familiar favorite, Dinnertable) and Greek/Medi-inspired cuisine meant for sharing from Shuka (formerly Hundred Acres), Voula, Balaboosta and more.

Written by Kirby Kelly 

Feature image via Shuka

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