July 6, 2012 2:18 PM EDT | By Anthony Smith

The Best of New York City's Experimental Food Scene

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The Best of New York City's Experimental Food Scene

Anyone worth hir Pink Gourmet Himalayan Mountain Salts Ice Cream will tell you that the jet-setting epic of New York City's experimental food scene, which has been building a solid momentum over the past few years, begins in the antiquated way that all of the best romantic stories begin: in Spain. Of course, I'm talking about the now-defunct El Bulli restaurant, on the northern coast of Spain, which is regarded by many as one of-- if not the-- best restaurants in the entire world.

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Ferran Adria's bold, challenging menu with offerings like Spherical Egg of White Asparagus with False Trufle and, more simply, The Soup attracted epicurious gourmands from far-and-wide. In 2005, the waitlist to get into the restaurant stretched well over a year. In 2011, the restaurant closed its doors forever.

In this economy, many of us don't have money for a trip to Spain, let alone a time machine, so staying local and eating bold is going to have to suffice. Here are all of our favorites from New York City's experimental restaurant scene.



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