The Most Ridiculous Restaurants of 2010

"Ridiculous" may seem like an insult, but this is the city that spawned Donald Trump's hair, Joan Rivers' face and Lady Gaga's everything--ridiculous can be good. But will these ludicrous restaurants join the esteemed ranks of Peep, where you can stare at other patrons via a two-way mirror while you pee, or Ninja New York, where at any moment your masked server may surprise you with a samurai sword to the neck? Only time will tell, but these bizarre newcomers are bringing the weird to 2010, and are must-visits for anyone who enjoys a taste of the absurd. (Photo: K! pizzacone).

Updated: September 10, 2010

Ridiculous Restaurants in New York


K! pizzacone

325 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016

Kudos for having the cajones to redesign a food whose popularity has a lot to do with its easy-to-eat shape, but while we understand the cardboard-like crust is needed to support the cone shape, the scalding hot but usually flavorless toppings waiting inside it just seem cruel. What's next, ice cream by the slice? Wait a minute ? ice cream cake is pretty popular. Maybe this guy is onto something.


Il Matto

281 Church St, New York, NY 10013

Here's a restaurant that embraces its own ridiculousness--the name translates as "the madman." It's hard to say whether the design (tea cup-shaped booths that roll around the room on wheels, whee!) or the cocktails (many contain veggies like radicchio, lettuce, or red pepper; one's made with solid ricotta cheese, another cooled with rocks instead of ice) are more insane here, but you half expect the owner to come out in a ?Silence of the Lambs? mask.


4Food

286 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10017

Also trying to reengineer one of the world's most beloved handheld foods, this techy midtown restaurant serves donut-shaped burgers whose holes you fill with anything from mushrooms and onions to veggie sushi. But it doesn't stop there: After building and ordering said burgers through iPad kiosks, guests are encouraged to register their creations and blast them out through Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare; there's a 25-cent reward every time someone orders their burger combo. OK, so it's kind of a good idea, but if we're going to get this futuristic, can we hurry up with the freaking jet packs already?


Hudson Hall

358 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

Miss college? This mess hall-style cafeteria--with long, communal tables, red plastic trays for the buffet station, and Kamikazes and Lemon Drops available by the shot, glass and pitcher--should bring you back to the days of Adderall and eating disorders.


Takashi

456 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

I don't speak Japanese, but I'm guessing "Takashi" means "Only the weirdest parts of a cow, you cook on personal hibachi grill now!" We're talking raw liver, flash-boiled Achilles tendon and everybody's favorite, tongue sinews. What makes it even more bizarre is that this offal office is completely charming and on a picturesque West Village street--can't you just imagine Samantha sitting down to cook herself a small mountain of cow guts?