Where to Eat Like a New Zealander in the USA

June 05, 2018

ew Zealander's love food and travel, so it's perhaps not surprising that there are a bunch of talented Kiwis who have found their way to the USA and opened up restaurants, cafes, bars and food trucks with Kiwi inspired cuisine.

From Michelin star-rated fine dining to classic kiwi comfort food here is your guide to where to eat like a New Zealander in the USA.

The Musket Room - Nolita

Musket Room Wellfeet Oyster with radish mignonette NZ restaurant NYKiwi Chef, Matt Lambert brings his innovative twist on New Zealand cuisine to the Nolita neighborhood of Manhattan. In true NZ style, the menus are created from freshly sourced seasonal ingredients, including ingredients picked from the restaurants back garden. As well as an al a carte menu, guests can experience the Musket Room through their story tasting menus taking a journey from powhiri (welcome) to ka kite (farewell). With the most extensive list of hard-to-find New Zealand wines in the USA this Michelin star-restaurant is loved by professional critics and the public.

Photo: Wellfleet oyster with a radish mignonette 

Located at: 265 Elizabeth St, Manhattan, New York. Web: musketroom.com

Aroha New Zealand Cuisine and Bar - Westlake Village

Aroha restaurant Rhubarb cheescake pistachio and graham cracker5New Zealand born and raised Chef Gwithyen Thomas brings fresh New Zealand cuisine to California at Aroha. His menu features free-range, grass-fed meats and seafood sourced both locally and flown in fresh from New Zealand, seasoned with traditional New Zealand flavors such as passionfruit, feijoa, horopito and kawakawa some of which the restaurant proudly self produces on the restaurant patio. All ice cream, ricotta, chutneys and cured meats are also made in house.

Photo: Rhubarb cheesecake with pistachio

Located at: 30990 Russel Ranch Rd, California. Web: aroharestaurant.com 

Happy Bones - SoHo

happy bones photo by janekim on Instagram3New Zealanders are a bit obsessed about coffee, so when Jason Woodside and Kirsten and Craig Nevill-Manning opened up their coffee shop in SoHo they wanted to make sure it was all about the best coffee and best baristas. They've achieved that, and more, with a retro vibe, unique art and great reads. Architectural Digest has named them one of the 10 most instagrammable coffee shops in NY, Guest of a Guest voted them as having one of the top 15 trendiest ice coffees in NY and 99 Percent Lifestyle say they are in the 99 best businesses to follow on insta.

Photo: Happy Bones by @_janekim

Located at: 394 Broome St, New York. Web: https://www.restaurantji.com/ny/new-york/happy-bones-/ Insta:@happybonesnyc

Burger Fuel - Indianapolis

burger fuel USA 2Burger Fuel began in Auckland in 1995 and is today New Zealand's most loved burger joint, best known for its fresh, natural ingredients, gourmet combinations and kumara fries. The company opened its first US store last year in Indianapolis. The menu has been slightly adapted for the US market but you will still find those kumara fries, their awesome vegan burger and lots of New Zealand cheese.

Photo: Burger Fuel

Located at: 6320 Guilford Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana. Web: burgerfuel.com 

Restaurant Aubergine - Palestine

pan seared scallop with lemon caper sauce and vesuvius wine reduction sabor a pasion 2Chef Simon Webster provides first class elegance in the most relaxing Texas country setting where guests can dine Al Fresco at the big family country-style table overlooking the vineyard and enjoying a personalized menu based on guest preferences and incorporating seasonal, local ingredients. This intimate restaurant serves hand-made lobster ravioli, wood fire lamb, pavlova and other Pacific inspired meals. Best enjoyed when staying at the onsite bed and breakfast.

Photo: Pan seared scallop with lemon caper sauce.

Located at: 110 A Country Rd, Palestine, Texas. Web: saborapasion.com/restaurant

Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters - Sacramento

chocolate fish coffee roasters 2A chocolate fish is a famous New Zealand fish shaped candy of pink marshmallow covered in chocolate. It's a classic token of appreciation or way to spread joy and that's exactly what these California based coffee roasters are doing. With strong supplier relationships and a deep love for coffee roasting and brewing these guys know how to spread happiness!

Photo: A perfectly roasted and pulled espresso

Located: 3rd and Q St, Sacramento, California. chocolatefishcoffee.com 

DUB Pies - Brooklyn

dub pies bacon and egg pieDUB (Down Under Bakery) is a cozy Brooklyn pie shop and food truck that serve New Zealand's ultimate comfort food: meat pies. (Yep, savory ones). Think steak and mushroom, chicken and vegetable, mince and cheese, potato top and an all time favorite, bacon and egg). If you're not in Brooklyn any time soon, no worries! The Chief Pie Man, Gareth Hughes ships frozen pies throughout the USA.

Photo: Bacon and egg pie.

Located at: 211 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, New York. Web: dubpies.com 

Kiwiana - Park Slope

octopus salad at KiwianaChef Mark Simmons (of Top Chef fame), provides upscale New Zealand cuisine in a groovy-relaxed pub atmosphere in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn. Kiwi inspired menu items include, NZ lamb, fried chicken seasoned with horopito and baby back ribs braised in marmite and manuka honey. Desserts represent Mark's New Zealand heritage just as well: lamingtons, pavlova, milo chocolate cake and sticky date pudding! Also opened for brunch in the weekends.

Photo: Octopus salad

Located at: 847 Union St, Brooklyn, New York. Web: kiwiana-nyc.com 


BurtoNZ Bakery - Windsor

burtonz bakery cream buns2Founded by New Zealander Warren Burton and his American wife Bobbi, who has been embraced by the kiwi community because she loves NZ baked goods as much as any of us. Warren and Bobbi serve up classic New Zealand baked delights including custard squares, sausage rolls, meat pies and New Zealand's answer to the donut: cream buns.

Photo: New Zealand Cream Buns

Located at: 9076 Brooks Rd S, Windsor, California. Web: burtonzbakery.com

Mojo Coffee - Chicago

mojo coffee chicago 3Mojo Coffee is another of New Zealand's well known companies that has recently expanded into the US market. They've brought their sourcing and roasting experience to Chicago and also serve delicious food and New Zealand's Zealong organic tea.

Photo: Gourmet toast and coffee

Located: 200 South Wacker, Chicago, Illinois. Web: us.mojo.coffee


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